In his own words
Following two seasons as an assistant coach in the program, Greg DeVito took over as only the fifth head coach in program history in 2007. As a head coach, he has compiled an overall record of 88-28-12, including 39-6-7 in Little East Conference play.
Under DeVito, Eastern has averaged 15 wins per season, captured four LEC playoff titles and won or shared four LEC regular-season championships. His teams have never lost more than one LEC regular-season match in a season.
Eastern is the only public institution to be ranked regionally in every NSCAA New England poll each of the past six years. The Warriors were ranked as high as second regionally and as high as a tie for 12th nationally in that span.
In six years, DeVito’s teams have featured one NSCAA All-America, two NSCAA Scholar All-Americas, fourteen NSCAA All-Region picks, six NSCAA Scholar All-Regions, six LEC Players-of-the-Year, 24 LEC All-Academic recipients, and 38 All-LEC selections.
In 2012, the Warriors 17-2-1, breaking the program record for wins. The team made its sixth straight post-season tournament appearance — fifth in the NCAA — by virtue of a Little East Conference tournament championship victory over UMass Dartmouth and an 8-0-1 record against LEC opponents. The team was also recognized by the NSCAA with a Team Academic Award. Additionally, Eastern was one of only six men’s teams in the country to be recognized with the NSCAA Team Ethics Award of Merit. The final national D3soccer.com and NSCCA polls ranked the Warriors #22 and #26 respectively, in the country.
DeVito, who holds a USSF B License, has been coaching soccer on a variety of levels since 1993. Having coached at the premier level for the last 13 years, DeVito is currently coaching the FSA FC U-18 and U-16 boys. He has won five CJSA Open Cup championships in the last ten years, as well as advancing to the Region 1 semifinals in 2010 and winning a US Club regional championship.
DeVito has a strong staff of assistants in Adam Phaiah and Carl Appel — both products of the Eastern soccer program — as well as Matt Weston and Conor Clifford.
Phaiah holds a USSF C License and is responsible for assisting in training, camps and clinics. Appel was a four year starter in goal. He was a 3 time All-LEC player as well as an NSCAA All-Region and NSCAA Academic All-American. He holds program records for starts, wins, minutes played and shutouts. He is responsible for training goalkeepers, and many day-to-day aspects. Weston played college soccer at Sacred Heart University and also works with the goalkeepers. A certified athletic trainer, Weston helps with the team’s fitness, strength and conditioning.
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