October 31, 2014
College Sports

DeMarsh earns 100th victory, still has one goal in mind

Nick DeMarsh has 101 career wins. Photo courtesy of Buffalo State Athletics.

Nick DeMarsh took over the struggling women’s soccer team at Buffalo State College a dozen years ago with one goal in mind.

“I wanted to win the conference and represent this school on the national level at the NCAAs,” said DeMarsh, a three-time All-SUNYAC player for the Bengals who assisted the men’s program for four years prior to becoming the women’s head coach.

That has not happened yet. “So we still have some work to do,” DeMarsh is quick to point out.

But the program has come a long way under DeMarsh’s direction.

DeMarsh entered this weekend’s homestand with 101 career victories.

In the 21 seasons prior to DeMarsh taking over, the Bengals won 114 games.

“I have to give a lot of credit to Jerry Boyes, our athletic director, for allowing me to build the program and build the team,” DeMarsh said. “This was a situation that really needed to be built from the ground up.”

DeMarsh was teaching at Native American Magnet school and coaching the Bengals part-time during his first two seasons, before Boyes promoted him to a full-time coaching position.

“When you are a part-time coach, you are going to get part-time results,” DeMarsh said. “We really didn’t start winning until I got the job full-time.”

The Bengals have posted winning records in seven of the past 11 seasons, and last year finished second in the SUNYAC.

With a very young roster this season, the Bengals are 6-7-1 and 3-4 in conference play.

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