Tony DeMeo

About Tony DeMeo

Tony DeMeoTony DeMeo has 25 years of experience as a head college football coach and has an overall record of 137-108 -4. He has successfully turned around four college programs. DeMeo is considered an offensive innovator for combining a passing attack with the option. His Triple Gun Offense has broken records everywhere he has been. DeMeo is a proven teacher of the game; he has published numerous books and DVDs and is a popular speaker on the clinic circuit.

Tony DeMeo recently retired as the Head Coach of the University of Charleston after a extremely successful six year tenure. The Golden Eagles were 43-23 under DeMeo. He came to UC in 2005 and promptly turned the program around on and off the field. The 8-3 season marked the greatest turnaround in conference history and DeMeo was named WVIAC coach of the year. Off the field the Golden Eagles team grade point average went from a 1.6 to a 2.8.

In 2009 DeMeo led the Golden Eagles to a 9-2 record and a 19th place ranking in the American Football Coaches Association poll. His 2009 team set numerous records and finished seventh in the nation in scoring, first in the nation in pass efficiency, fourth in the nation in rushing, seventh in the nation in red zone offense. Defensively the Golden Eagles led the conference in rush defense, scoring defense, and total defense. DeMeo’s six seasons at the helm of the UC football program have produced more victories than any other six year period in school history. The Golden Eagles broke virtually all the school’s offensive records during the DeMeo era.

DeMeo also had a successful turnaround at Washburn University in Topeka Kansas. He took over a program that had only 3 wins in the previous 3 seasons and had instant impact. In 1999 he led WU to its first winning season in 10 years and was named MIAA coach of the year.

At Mercyhurst College DeMeo started the football program from scratch fielding the school’s first football program in 1981. His seven years at the ‘Hurst produced a 41-21-2 record. DeMeo was named 1985 Coach of the Year by the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association and “Man of the Year” by the Erie JCs.

DeMeo began his head coaching career at his alma mater, Iona College and compiled a 22-10-2 record including two conference championships. DeMeo was twice named Metropolitan Conference Coach of the Year in 1976 and 1977, and was inducted into the Iona College Hall of Fame in 1997.

Tony DeMeo has served as an Offensive Coordinator at the University of Richmond (2002-2003), Murray State University (1992), and Temple University (1988). He has been an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts (1991),the University of Delaware (1988), the University of Pennsylvania (1979-1980) and Pace University (1973 -1974)

2005 WVIAC Football Coach of the Year
1976 and 1977 Coach of the Year Metropolitan Conference(Iona College)
1985 Coach of the Year Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (Mercyhurst College)
1999 MIAA Coach of the Year (Washburn University)
1997 Hall of Fame Inductee Iona College New Rochelle, NY

2017 Hall of Fame Inductee Mercyhurst College Erie, PA.


Football’s Multi-bone Offense, Harding Press: 1990 6th printing (originally published in 1980)
101 Ways to Run the Option, Coaches Choices: 1999
The Grass Isn’t Greener; It’s Only Astro-Turf, TD Enterprises: 1994
Coaching the Shot-gun Triple Option, Coaches Choice: 2004
Coaching the Complete Triple Gun Offense, Coaches Choice: 2007

Commonsense Rules for Everyday Leaders, Coaches Choice: 2015

DVD Instructional Publications
Coaching the Triple Option, Coaches Choice: 1997
The 5-Step Drop and the Triple Screen, Coaches Choice: 1997
Sprint Out Passing Game and the 3-Step Boot, Coaches Choice: 1997
Coaching the Midline and the Double Option, Coaches Choice: 1997
Goal Setting: Ask and You Will Achieve, Coaches Choice: 2000
Peak Performance: Not a Gamble with Four Aces, Coaches Choice: 2000

Tony DeMeo Hall of Fame Bio, Iona College Athletics