Head Men's Soccer Coach
Mike Russo entered his 34th season at Williams in 2012 having posted 29 consecutive winning seasons. In 27 of those 33 campaigns Russo's booters have won at least 10 games in a regular season that contains but 14 contests.
Russo is the first collegiate coach on any level to win
back-to-back National Coach of the Year honors accomplishing the
feat in 1987 and 1988, before his Ephs were allowed to participate
in NCAA post season tournaments. Russo has been named the national
Div. III Coach of the Year four times, garnering the honor again in
1993 and 1995.
In the fall of 1993 NESCAC allowed NCAA team tournament play and Russo guided his Ephs to the championship contest where they lost to UC San Diego in the title match played on Cole Field.
Russo's 1995 Ephs won the NCAA title when they defeated previously undefeated Methodist College 2-1 on Cole Field. Under Russo the Ephs have advanced to five NCAA Final Fours: 1993, 1995, 1998, 2009 & 2012.
Four of Russo's Ephs have been selected to their national team and have earned international caps – Mike Masters '89 and Dan Calichman '90 with the U.S., Peter Lyn '91 with Puerto Rico and Khari Stephenson '04 with Jamaica.
Four of Russo's players have been named the national Div. III Player of the Year: Terry Kaufmann (1995), Brad Murray (1996), Alex Blake (2001) and Dana Leary (2006).
Forty-seven Ephs coached by Russo have been named to All-America teams and 66 have earned All-New England honors through 2011.
In the first seven years that NESCAC selected a conference Player of the Year every one was an Eph:
Alex Blake '03 -- (2000 & 2001)
Khari Stephenson '04 -- (2002 & 2003)
Josh Bolton '06 -- (2004 & 2005)
Patrick Huffer '07 -- (2006)
In 2006 senior captain Patrick Huffer, an All-American midfielder and an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, was the first Eph to be named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Scholar-Athlete (for all divisions).
Mike and his wife Angela live in Williamstown.
Vs. Div I: 8-11-0 = (.421)
Vs. Div II: 11-3-2 = (.750)
Vs. Div III: 396-89-56= (.784)
*First NESCAC coach to win 400 games
National Div. III Coach of the Year:
1987, 1988*, 1993, 1995
*First Coach in any division to win back-to-back awards
New England Coach of the Year:
1984, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1995
NESCAC Coach of the Year:
2000, 2002, 2003, 2006 & 2012
NCAA Div III Tournament Record:
32-14-9 (.676) -- 17 Appearances
1995 -- NCAA Champions
1993 – 2nd Place
1998 – 3rd Place
2009 -- 3rd Place
2012 -- 3rd Place
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Tom Demeo joined the Williams staff in 1993 and is entering his
16th season as an assistant under Mike Russo.
After graduating from North Adams State in 1988 with a BA in history, Demeo joined the staff at UMass-Amherst and earned a Master's degree in instructional leadership before returning to North Adams State to serve as an assistant during the 1991 and 1992 seasons.
In Demeo's first season at Williams the Ephs advanced to the 1993 NCAA Championship game losing to UC San Diego. Two years later the Ephs won the NCAA title on Cole Field with a 2-1 win over previously undefeated Methodist College.
Technically and tactically proficient, Demeo's commitment to the Ephs training regimen and training sessions is highly valued by the entire Eph family.
Tom teaches at the Adams (MA) Middle School.
Tom and his wife Kristen and their two sons Dominick and Patrick reside in Adams.
Assistant Coach Men's Soccer
The 2013 season will be Jeff Huffman's fifth on the Eph sidelines. Coach Huffman's main responsibilities are training the goalkeepers, being the head coach of the Ephs' jayvee team and lead administrator for the program.
Huffman started his coaching career in 2000 as a staff instructor for Dan Gaspar's Connecticut based Star Goalkeeper Academy (SGA), an organization specializing in the education of goalkeepers. Huffman continued his association with SGA in 2001 and became the Assistant Goalkeeper Coach for the W-League and U-18 Super Y League Northern Virginia Majestics. That season, the U-18 team won the U-18 Super Y League national championship, while the W-League squad featured the W-League Goalkeeper of the Year.
Huffman came to Williams in 2002, serving as jayvee head coach in 2002 and goalkeeper coach for the men's and women's programs in both 2002 and 2003. It was during this time that Huffman oversaw the development of Nick Armington '06 who signed with Real Salt Lake for the summer of 2006.
From 2004-06 Huffman was the head men's and women's coach at Garden City (Kansas) Community College. He later served as the director of soccer operations and head women's coach from 2007-2009. In his two seasons as head men's coach he compiled a .625 winning percentage and sent six players to NCAA Division 1 institutions.
On the women's side, his team made the regional tournament four out of five years, having one player tabbed All-Region in each season. Annually Huffman's women's teams consistently placed near the top in the region in cumulative team GPA and three players earned Academic All-American honors.