Martin Desmarais, a five-time NEWMAC Coach of the Year honoree and two-time United Soccer Coaches New England Regional Coach of the Year, enters his 12th season at the helm of MIT’s women’s soccer program in 2019 coming off back-to-back NEWMAC Tournament Championship titles and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Desmarais first joined the program as an assistant coach in 2005. Since then, he has led MIT to four NEWMAC Championship titles, seven consecutiuve regular season crowns and eight NCAA tournament appearances, making it to the Sweet Sixteen in 2012 for the first time in program history and again in 2017. Desmarais, who has totaled 153 wins over that span, became the first coach in program history to reach 100 career wins after his squad defeated Worcester State on September 6th, 2016.
Desmarias led the Engineers to their best seasons in program history in back-to-back years beginning in 2016. That year, MIT went 17-6-1 and 8-1-1 in NEWMAC play. The Cardinal and Gray secured its fifth straight NEWMAC regular season championship and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament - the sixth appearance in the national tournament for the team, all of which have come under the guidance of Desmarais. Then in 2017, Desmarais guided the Engineers to their first 20-win season (20-2-1), to their third NEWMAC Championship title and to the highest national ranking of No. 12 in the United Soccer Coaches Division III national poll.
With a career record of 153-49-30, Desmarais is the program's all-time leader in wins and winning percentage (.724) and has the most postseason victoris with 16.
Desmarais came to MIT from Framingham State University where he served as an assistant women’s soccer coach. Prior to joining Framingham State, Desmarais worked as a media relations assistant for the Boston Breakers of the Women’s United Soccer Association.
A 1997 graduate of Stonehill College in North Easton, Mass., Desmarais was a member of Stonehill’s ice hockey team. He went on to earn a master’s degree in media studies from The Pennsylvania State University in 1999.
Desmarais has his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma, as well as NSCAA State and Regional Goalkeeping Diploma. He was tabbed NSCAA New England Coach of the Year in 2012.