Coach Steve DeMeo enters his sixth season as the head coach of the Northwest Florida State College Raiders Men’s Basketball program. In just his second season with the team, Coach DeMeo led the Raiders to win the 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Champion title and was awarded the 2015 Spalding NJCAA Division I National Coach of the Year. At the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Final Four tournament, DeMeo received the Red Auerbach Coach of the Year award. In his tenure at NWF State College, Coach DeMeo has produced an overall record of 166-26 and coached the Raiders to the first undefeated conference season in program history, going 12-0 in conference play during the 2016-17 season. DeMeo also brought the Raiders a Panhandle Conference Championship five years in a row (2014-19) and three Florida College System Activities Association State Tournament Championships in 2015, 2016, and 2018. Coach DeMeo led the Raiders to two Elite 8 appearances at the 2016 and 2018 NJCAA Tournaments and a Final Four appearance in 2017.
One of the nation's premier recruiters, DeMeo has coached and developed numerous players that have been successful in the pros and at the major university level. While at NWF State College he has helped 24 student-athletes earn Division I scholarships and graduate after their sophomore year. Five former players helped lead their Division-I teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2015-2016. His players have gone on to play at universities including NC State, Cincinnati, Oregon, Kansas State, Wichita State, Florida State and more. Numerous players that he recruited, coached and developed have been drafted by National Basketball Association teams including Charles Jenkins (Golden State Warriors), Ryan Gomes and MarShon Brooks (Boston Celtics), Herbert Hill (Utah Jazz), and Marcus Douthit (Los Angeles Lakers). 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. Coach DeMeo's student-athletes have also proven to be successful in the classroom as well. In 2016, Will Pfister was chosen as the Dr. Dale O'Daniel Panhandle Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
He brings with him decades of experience, including seventeen years of coaching at the Division-I level. Teams he has coached have participated in 4 NCAA Tournaments and have made 5 NIT appearances. DeMeo helped UCF post several key victories in 2008-09. He worked closely with 2008-09 Conference USA Player of the Year Jermaine Taylor, helping the senior guard rank third nationally in scoring (26.2) and receive Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention honors. Taylor also received all-district recognition from the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the United States Basketball Writers Association. DeMeo also mentored C-USA All-Freshman Team selection A.J. Rompza. UCF was one of the top free-throw shooting teams in the country during the year, connecting on 74.7 percent of its attempts from the free-throw line.
During DeMeo's time at Providence, the Friars participated in the postseason on five occasions, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament. DeMeo also helped Providence finish in the top three in the BIG EAST standings three times. He spent the last four years of his tenure as the Friars' associate head coach.
After joining the Providence staff in 1998, DeMeo led the Friars' recruiting efforts. He successfully recruited several future All-BIG EAST performers, including Ryan Gomes. Gomes garnered Associated Press First Team All-America honors in 2003-04 after averaging 18.9 points and 9.4 boards. Gomes was the first Friar since 1974 to earn All-America first-team honors and finished his career as the school's career leader with 2,138 points. Gomes was selected in the 2005 NBA Draft by Boston.
A New York City native, DeMeo was recognized as one of the top-25 assistant coaches in the country by Rivals.com in 2007. Providence posted a pair of 20-victory campaigns during DeMeo's tenure. The Friars spent nine weeks in 2003-04 in the national rankings and finished the year 20-9. During the season, Providence defeated several ranked teams, including No. 4 Connecticut and 14th-ranked Illinois. The squad was ranked as high as No. 12 nationally and appeared in the NCAA Tournament as a fifth seed.
Providence also participated in the 2001 NCAA Tournament as the Friars went 21-10 in 2000-01. DeMeo helped the Friars defeat two nationally-ranked foes - No. 12 Connecticut and No. 12 Georgetown. The Friars were selected to the postseason National Invitation Tournament three times during DeMeo's tenure (1999, 2003, 2007). At the 2003 event, Providence won a pair of games and advanced to the tournament quarterfinals.
In DeMeo's first year on the staff, Providence upset No. 8 Purdue and 18th-ranked Syracuse in 1998-99. Before moving to Providence, DeMeo served as an assistant at Iona for three years. With DeMeo on the staff, the Gaels won 70 contests and played in the postseason three times. Iona claimed Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season titles in 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98.
The 1997-98 Gaels won a school-record 27 contests and played in the NCAA Tournament. Iona posted non-conference victories over BIG EAST squads Providence and Rutgers and won 15 MAAC games. In both 1996 and 1997, Iona participated in the postseason NIT. The 1995-96 squad won 21 contests. Iona recorded 22 victories the following season.
DeMeo coached nine All-MAAC performers during his time at Iona, including a pair of conference player of the year honorees (Kashif Hameed and Mindaugas Timinskas).
DeMeo has five years of head coaching experience at the junior college level. From 1993-95, he was the head coach at Monroe Junior College in the Bronx. In two seasons, he guided the Mustangs to a 53-8 record. DeMeo earned National Junior College Athletic Association Region XV Coach of the Year honors following both of his campaigns at Monroe. In 1994-95, DeMeo's Monroe team led the nation in scoring, averaging 92.0 points per contest. The Mustangs finished the regular-season campaign as the top-ranked team in the country.
He also worked as the head coach at Bronx Community College (1990-93). In 1990-91, the Broncos claimed the City University of New York Athletic Conference Tournament title.
DeMeo served as an assistant at LIU-C.W. Post (1989-90) and Queensborough Community College (1988-89). He also worked with the Westchester franchise in the United States Basketball League during the 1994 season.
Among his wealth of experiences, Coach DeMeo has served as head coach at Bronx Community College (1990-1993), Monroe Junior College (1993-1995), assistant coach at Iona College (1995-1998), assistant and associate head coach at Providence College (1998-2008), assistant coach at University of Central Florida (2008-2009), head coach at Newberry College (2009-2010), and associate head coach at Hofstra University (2010-2013). While at Providence College, all 25 of his student-athletes that reached their senior year graduated with their degree.
Coach DeMeo is a native of Bayside Queens, New York and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from State University of New York at Buffalo.
6th Season at Northwest Florida State College (166-26, .865 winning percentage)
12th Season as a collegiate head coach (261-96, .731 winning percentage)
DeMeo's Career Honors
2019 Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year
2018 "Basketball Times" #1 Hottest Junior College Coach
2018 FCSAA/NJCAA Region VIII Coach of the Year
2018 Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year
2017 Red Auerbach Coach of the Year
2017 Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year
2016 FCSAA/NJCAA Region VIII Coach of the Year
2016 Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year
2015 Spalding NJCAA Division 1 Coach of the Year
2015 FCSAA/NJCAA Region VIII Coach of the Year
2015 Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year
2007 Named one of Rivals.com Top-25 Assistant Coaches (Providence College)
1995 NJCAA Region XV Coach of the Year (Monroe Junior College)
1994 NJCAA Region XV Coach of the Year (Monroe Junior College)