Tony DeMeo

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Tony DeMeo
Biographical details
Born (1948-07-05) July 5, 1948 (age 70)
Pelham, New York
Playing career
c. 1970 Iona
Position(s) Tailback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1974 Pace (assistant)
1975–1978 Iona
1979–1980 Penn (assistant)
1981–1987 Mercyhurst
1988–1989 Temple (assistant)
1990–1991 James Madison (OC)
1992–1993 Murray State (OC)
1994–2001 Washburn
2002–2004 Richmond (OC)
2005–2010 Charleston (WV)
Head coaching record
Overall120–102–2 (varsity)
17–6–2 (club)
Accomplishments and honors
2× Metropolitan Conference COY (1976–1977)
Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association COY (1985)
MIAA Coach of the Year (1999) 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 an American football coach and former player.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.


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 9th in the Northeast Region of Division II. Charleston was tied for second place in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. [1]

University of Charleston university

The University of Charleston (UC), formerly Morris Harvey College, is a private accredited university based in Charleston, West Virginia, United States. The university also has locations in Beckley, West Virginia, and Martinsburg, West Virginia, known as UC-Beckley and UC-Martinsburg, respectively.

West Virginia State of the United States of America

West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region in the Southern United States that is also considered to be a part of the Middle Atlantic States. It is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Maryland to the east and northeast, Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, and Ohio to the northwest. West Virginia is the 41st largest state by area, and is ranked 38th in population. The capital and largest city is Charleston.

West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

The West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) was a collegiate athletic conference which historically operated exclusively in the state of West Virginia, but briefly had one Kentucky member in its early years, and expanded into Pennsylvania in its final years. It participated in the NCAA's Division II, but held its final athletic competitions in spring 2013, and officially disbanded on September 1 of that year. Its football-playing members announced in June 2012 that they planned to withdraw to form a new Division II conference effective at the end of the 2012–13 season; this led to a chain of conference moves that saw all but one of the WVIAC's members find new conference homes.

DeMeo was the 39th head football coach for Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and he held that position for eight seasons, from 1994 until 2001. He ranks fourth at Washburn in terms of total wins. [2] DeMeo's successful turn-around at Washburn was complete in 1999 as the Ichabods finished 6–5, the team's first winning season in over 10 years, and DeMeo was named MIAA Coach of the Year.

Washburn University university

Washburn University (WU) is a co-educational, public institution of higher learning in Topeka, Kansas, United States. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as professional programs in law and business. Washburn has 550 faculty members, who teach more than 6,100 undergraduate students and nearly 800 graduate students. The university's assets include a $158 million endowment.

Topeka, Kansas State capital city in Kansas, United States

Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. It is situated along the Kansas River in the central part of Shawnee County, in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 127,473. The Topeka Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, and Wabaunsee counties, had a population of 233,870 in the 2010 census.

DeMeo started the football team at Mercyhurst College—now known as Mercyhurst University—fielding the school's first football team in 1981. His overall record was 41–21–2. DeMeo was named 1985 Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year. DeMeo was inducted into The Mercyhurst University Hall of Fame in 2016

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

DeMeo began his head coaching career at his alma mater, Iona College. DeMeo compiled a 22–10–2 record at Iona and was twice named Coach of the Year for the Metropolitan Conference (1976 and 1977). Tony 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.

Iona College (New York) university in New York

Iona College is a private Catholic college in New Rochelle, New York. It was founded in 1940 by the Congregation of Christian Brothers and occupies a campus of 45 acres (0.18 km2).

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

An offensive coordinator is a member of the coaching staff of an American football or Canadian football team who is in charge of the team's offense. Generally, along with the defensive coordinator, he represents the second level of command structure after the head coach. The offensive coordinator is in charge of the team's offensive game plan, and typically calls offensive plays during the game, although some offensive-minded head coaches also handle play-calling. Several position coaches work under the coordinator. The coordinator may also coach a position.

University of Richmond Namesake university in Richmond, VA

The University of Richmond is a private liberal arts university in Richmond, Virginia. The university is a primarily undergraduate, residential university with approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students in five schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the University of Richmond School of Law and the School of Professional & Continuing Studies.

Murray State University Public university in Murray, KY, USA

Murray State University (MSU) is a public university in Murray, Kentucky. In addition to the main campus in Calloway County in southwestern Kentucky, Murray State operates extended campuses offering upper level and graduate courses in Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Henderson.

Head coaching record


Iona Gaels (Metropolitan Conference)(1975–1977)


Iona Gaels (Metropolitan Conference)(1978)
1978 Iona5–4
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
Washburn Ichabods (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association)(1981–1987)
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
Charleston Golden Eagles (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)(2005–2010)
2005 Charleston8–3
2006 Charleston5–6
2007 Charleston8–3T–2nd
2008 Charleston7–4
2009 Charleston9–2
2010 Charleston6–5

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