Following two seasons as an assistant coach, Greg DeVito took over in 2007 as only the sixth head coach in the current 58-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 138-59-24 (67.9 winning percentage), including 69-19-11 (73.1) in Little East Conference regular-season and playoff play in those 11 seasons.
Already having accumulated the best winning percentage among all previous Eastern men's soccer coaches, DeVito will become the winningest head coach in program history with 16 more wins. If this year's schedule holds, DeVito will coach the 1,000th match in program history when the Warriorrs host Western Connecticut Sept. 26, 2018 at Thomas Nevers Field.
Under DeVito, Eastern has averaged 12.5 wins per season, captured five LEC playoff titles (in his first seven years), and won or shared six LEC regular-season championships, averaging just 1.4 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 69 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).
Eastern has finished in the top four in the LEC every season but one under DeVito.
Eastern is 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.
Despite returning only 11 letterwinners, the 2016 Warriors shared third place in the LEC, losing eight overall matches by a single goal during the season.
As they have every year under DeVito, the Warriors played one of the Top 10 toughest strengths of schedule in New England in 2016, the season 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.
Four 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. 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 11 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, 10 LEC Player-of-the-Year selections, 57 LEC All-Academic qualifiers, and 56 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 18 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 2018, DeVito has four outstanding assistants in Adam Phaiah and Jay Barney -- both products of the Eastern soccer program -- former Windham High School head coach Sebby Randazzo, and first-year assistant Mike Choquette.
|EASTERN MEN'S SOCCER UNDER HEAD COACH GREG DeVITO|
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