Tony DeMeo

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Tony DeMeo
Biographical details
Born (1948-07-05) July 5, 1948 (age 71)
Pelham, New York
Playing career
1967–1970 Iona
Position(s) Tailback, defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1974 Pace (assistant)
1975–1978 Iona
1979–1980 Penn (backfield)
1981–1987 Mercyhurst
1988 Temple (OC/QB)
1989 Delaware (assistant)
1990 James Madison (OC)
1991 UMass (assistant)
1992–1993 Murray State (OC)
1994–2001 Washburn
2002–2004 Richmond (OC)
2005–2010 Charleston (WV)
Head coaching record
Overall137-108-4
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
2× Metropolitan Conference COY (1976–1977)
Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association COY (1985)
MIAA Coach of the Year (1999)
D2football.com WVIAC Football Coach of the Year (2005)
Iona College Hall of Fame (1997)
Mercyhurst Hall of Fame (2016)

Tony DeMeo (born July 5, 1948) is a former American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York from 1975 to 1978, Mercyhurst College—now known as Mercyhurst University—in Erie, Pennsylvania from 1981 to 1987, Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas from 1994 to 2001, and the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia from 2005 to 2010.

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DeMeo also worked as the offensive coordinator at Temple University (1988), James Madison University (1990), Murray State University (1992), and the University of Richmond (2002–2004). He was an assistant football coach at Pace University (1973–1974), the University of Pennsylvania (1979–1980), the University of Delaware (1989) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1991).

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Coaching career

DeMeo began his head coaching career at his alma mater, Iona College. He compiled a 22–10–2 record at Iona and was twice named Metropolitan area coach of the year (1976 and 1977). DeMeo was inducted into the Iona College Hall of Fame in 1997 for his affiliation with two undefeated teams: first as a player in 1967 and then as the head coach in 1977. [1]

DeMeo moved to the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 to serve as backfield coach for the Penn Quakers football team on the staff of head coach Harry Gamble. [2]

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In March 1981, DeMeo was hired as the first head coach for the new football team at Mercyhurst College—now known as Mercyhurst University. [3] [4] In seven seasons at Mercyhurst, he led the Lakers to a record of 41–21–2. DeMeo was named Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 1985. He was inducted into the Mercyhurst University Hall of Fame in 2017. [5]

Mercyhurst University, formerly Mercyhurst College, is an American Catholic liberal arts college in Erie, Pennsylvania.

DeMeo was the 39th head football coach at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, serving for eight seasons, from 1994 to 2001, and compiling record of 31–54. His 31 wins are third-most among head coaches in Washburn's history, behind Ernest Bearg and Craig Schurig. [6] After leading Washburn to a 6–5 record in 1999, the program's first winning season in over 10 years, and DeMeo was named Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Coach of the Year.

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Ernest Bearg American football and basketball coach

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DeMeo coached at the University of Charleston in West Virginia from 2005 to 2010. His Golden Eagles finished the 2007 season with an 8–3 record and ranked ninth in the Northeast Region of Division II. Charleston was tied for second place in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. [7]

Head coaching record

Non-NCAA

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffs
Iona Gaels (Metropolitan Conference)(1975–1977)
1975Iona5–4–1
1976Iona5–2–1
1977Iona7–0
Iona:17–6–1
Total:17–6–1

NCAA

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffs
Iona Gaels (Metropolitan Conference)(1978)
1978 Iona5–42–2
Iona:22-10-2
Mercyhurst Lakers (NCAA Division III independent)(1981–1987)
1981 Mercyhurst4–2–1
1982 Mercyhurst4–5
1983 Mercyhurst5–3–1
1984 Mercyhurst8–1
1985 Mercyhurst8–2
1986 Mercyhurst6–4
1987 Mercyhurst6–4
Mercyhurst:41–21–2
Washburn Ichabods (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association)(1994–2001)
1994 Washburn2–82–78th
1995 Washburn4–63–6T–7th
1996 Washburn4–64–57th
1997 Washburn3–82–78th
1998 Washburn4–73–6T–6th
1999 Washburn6–54–5T–5th
2000 Washburn5–63–66th
2001 Washburn3–82–79th
Washburn:31–5423–49
Charleston Golden Eagles (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)(2005–2010)
2005 Charleston8–36–23rd
2006 Charleston5–64–3T–3rd
2007 Charleston8–36–2T–2nd
2008 Charleston7–45–3T–4th
2009 Charleston9–26–2T–2nd
2010 Charleston6–54–4T–5th
Charleston:43–2331–16
Total:137-108-4

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