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Tony Demeo

      Tony DeMeo - Charleston, West Virginia

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. In recent years, Coach DeMeo has been a major contributor to Option Central's resource library, which now includes over 40 Play of the Day Chalk Talk videos that were produced in conjunction with Coach DeMeo, two full length DVD's and recordings of his 2014 and 2015 Webinar series.

Coach DeMeo began hosting a new series of Chalk Talk sessions starting early in 2015, in which he interviews some of the best coaching minds in Option Football and beyond, and conducted a series of Triple Gun Webinars for the third consecutive year. An author of a number of books, his most recent one, 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. 

The best book I have read by Coach DeMeo is the little book, The Grass is not Greener, it is just AstroTurf. Those quotes speak volumes, and our entire offensive attack contains a great deal of those quotes.  I had a conversation with Coach DeMeo in 2005 before I took over a program that had not had a winning season in 12 years, and in 2008 I took them to their first winning season at 7-2 and was very fortunate to win the Coach of the Year honors.

Coach Jim Wright

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.

Listen to a preview of Coach DeMeo's newest book in our Jan 2015 Coaches Corner podcast

Listen to Coach DeMeo on The Mesh Point - Option Central's own Football Coaching Podcast

Listen to Coach DeMeo's first appearance on The Coach's Corner Football Coaching Podcast

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