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Following two seasons as an assistant coach, Greg DeVito took over in 2007 as only the sixth head coach in the current 59-year history of the program, and immediately returned the program to a place of prominence among New England small colleges. As a head coach, he has compiled an overall record of 153-63-24 (68.8 winning percentage), including 68-21-12 (73.3) in Little East Conference regular-season and playoff play in 12 seasons.
Already having accumulated the best winning percentage by a wide margin among all previous Eastern men's soccer coaches, DeVito will become the winningest head coach in program history with his first victory of 2019. He tied the record of legendary coach Tom Nevers on the final day of the 2018 regular season in a 2-0 win at the Mansfield Complex Oct. 26. Exactly one month earlier, DeVito coached the 1,000th match in program history when the Warriors posted a 4-3 come-from-behind LEC win over Western Connecticut at Thomas Nevers Field.
Under DeVito, Eastern has averaged 12.8 wins per season, captured five LEC playoff titles (in his first seven years), and won or shared seven LEC regular-season championships, averaging just 1.3 LEC regular-season losses each season. Since 2007, the Warriors have earned six trips to the NCAA tournament, gaining seven post-season berths in all under the current head coach.
No current LEC head coach has won more than DeVito’s 68 LEC regular season and playoff conference matches nor more than his nine playoff victories, six regular-season titles or five playoff championships. DeVito ranks first among active LEC head coaches in overall winning percentage and among coaches with at least five years on the job, is first in overall wins per year and is second in overall wins (conference and non-conference).
Last year, the Warriors returned to the top of the heap in the LEC after a brief two-year hiatus. Coming off an uncharacteristic 2-3-2 conference season in 2017, the Warriors posted their ninth season of one or no conference losses in 2018, winning seven and losing one LEC contest and running the table following a 1-0 loss at Keene State College in their opening conference match in mid-September. Eastern opened the season with an 8-1-0 record, put together winning streaks of four three times and never losing as many as two in a row.
For his team's turnaround season, DeVito was named LEC Coach-of-the-Year for the third time in 12 years.
Eastern has finished in the top four in the LEC every season but one under DeVito.
Eastern was the only public institution to be ranked regionally in every NSCAA New England poll each from 2007 to 2013 and again in 2015. The Warriors were ranked as high as second regionally and as high as a tie for eighth nationally in that span. The 2016 season was highlighted by a 2-1 victory over No. 2 nationally-ranked conference opponent UMass Boston.
In 2015, the Warriors captured at least a share of their sixth LEC regular season title and earned the No. 1 playoff seed. The Warriors started that season with victories over three ranked opponents and were ranked as high as No. 8 nationally after shutting out perennial powers Babson College, Wesleyan University, and Muhlenberg College. In 2015, the Warriors spent every week in the D3 Soccer.com national poll but narrowly missed an NCAA bid in a tough New England region following a semifinal loss in the LEC playoffs.
During that 14-4-4 season in 2015, six players received All-LEC recognition, with Cooper D’Ambrosio being recognized with numerous awards which included first-team NSCAA All-New England Region and NSCAA Academic All-America recognition. D’Ambrosio also repeated LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors.
After two seasons as an assistant under Frantz Innocent, DeVito hit the ground running in his first stint as a collegiate head coach in 2007. In 2006, the Warriors placed fifth in the LEC regular season and did not qualify for the LEC tournament for the fourth time in five years. In 2007 under DeVito, Eastern won its first LEC regular season title in 15 years, claimed an LEC playoff win for the first time and won a penalty-kick shootout for its first title in the nine-year history of the LEC tournament.
Five times since 2012, Eastern has been awarded the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Bronze Award by the United Soccer Coaches for accumulating the minimum number of yellow cards in each of those seasons, and in each of the last eight years has earned a USC Team Academic Award. In 2014-15, the program was presented with the Be The Match National Marrow Donor Program Awareness Award and in 2016-17, the Be The Match Award of Merit by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators.
In 12 years, DeVito’s teams have featured one NSCAA All-America, three NSCAA Scholar All-Americas, nine NSCAA Scholar All-Region and 19 All-Region players, 11 LEC Player-of-the-Year selections, 65 LEC All-Academic qualifiers, and 62 All-LEC selections
DeVito, who holds a USSF B License and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma has been coaching soccer on a variety of levels since 1988. Having coached at the premier level for the last 19 years, DeVito is currently coaching the NEU U16 thru U18 boys. He has won six CJSA Open Cup championships, four CJSA State Cup Finalists as well as advancing to the Region 1 semifinals in 2010 and winning a US Club regional championship in 2004.
In 2019, DeVito has four outstanding assistants in returnees Adam Phaiah and Jay Barney -- both products of the Eastern soccer program -- and former Windham High School head coach Sebby Randazzo, as well as first-year volunteer assistant Kevin Bacher.
|EASTERN MEN'S SOCCER UNDER HEAD COACH GREG DeVITO|
|2010#||21||14||4||3||.738||5||1||1||.786||2nd||2nd||0||0||1||L, Semis, PKs|
|#-NCAA tournament +-ECAC tournament|