DeMeo, a native New Yorker, enters his third season in Niceville as the 2015 NJCAA Division I National Coach of the Year and the leader of the NJCAA Division I National Champions. DeMeo bring with him decades of experience, including seventeen years of coaching at the Division-I level. Among his wealth of experiences, Coach DeMeo has served as an assistant coach at Iona College (1995-1998), University of Central Florida (2008-2009), and Hofstra University (2010-2013). He also worked as an assistant coach at Providence College from 1998-2008, earning the title of Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach in 2004.
Along with his extensive background in Division-I, Coach DeMeo brings head coaching experience with him to Northwest Florida. He was Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Monroe College in Bronx, NY from 1993-1995 where he guided them to a remarkable 53-8 two-year record. During his two years at Monroe, DeMeo earned NJCAA Region XV Coach of the Year honors both seasons, and led his team to finishing the 1994-1995 regular season ranked #1 in the country. Coach DeMeo also spent one season as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Newberry College from 2009-2010.
Known throughout the collegiate coaching community as one of the top recruiters in the country, DeMeo has also proven his ability to develop players by coaching and mentoring six current National Basketball Association Draft picks. His recruiting ability, player development, and game preparation earned him the recognition as one of the top-25 assistant coaches in the country by Rivals.com.