Recognized and respected as a Head Football Coach at the Collegiate level, an Offensive innovator and the creator of the Triple Gun Offense, Coach DeMeo has published numerous books and DVDs and remains a popular speaker and clinician. His most recent book, Commonsense Rules for Everyday Leaders focuses on the role of leader that we all play at different points in our lives. The book contains tips for entrepreneurs, managers, parents, government leaders, coaches, and anyone else who finds themselves in a position to lead.
In his 25 years of experience as a head college football coach, Tony DeMeo built a reputation for turning around college programs, and had an overall record of 137-108-4. Coach DeMeo completed his career at the University of Charleston with a six year tenure in which the Golden Eagles produced more victories (43) than during any other six year period in school history. Included in that stint was an 8-3 season that marked the greatest turnaround in conference history and a 9-2 season in 2009. DeMeo's 2009 team achieved a Top 20 national ranking in the AFCA poll and led the nation in a number of offensive categories, including scoring (7th seventh in the nation), pass efficiency (1st), rushing (4th), red zone offense (7th).
Tony DeMeo's career included successful head coaching stints at other schools, including Washburn University (KS) and Mercyhurst College, where he started the football program in 1981 and produced a 41-21-2 record over seven years. He also served as the Offensive Coordinator at the University of Richmond (2002-2003), Murray State University (1992), and Temple University (1988), and as 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). Coach DeMeo began his head coaching career at his alma mater, Iona College and compiled a 22-10-2 record including two conference championships that earned him two MCC Conference Coach of the Year awards in 1976 and 1977, and an induction into the Iona College Hall of Fame in 1997.
Contributions to Option Central
In recent years, Coach DeMeo has been a major contributor to Option Central. In addition to appearing in over 75 Play of the Day Chalk Talk videos, Coach DeMeo has written a number of articles, been a guest on our "Mesh Point" and Coaches Corner podcasts, and hosted a number of Chalk Talk podcasts in which he interviewed other coaches.