Niceville, FL---To say the least it didn't take long for the folks at Northwest Florida State to find themselves a new men's head basketball coach.
Just a few days after the school announced the resignation of Steve Forbes, who's taking an assistants job at Wichita State, the Raiders
have hired Steve DeMeo as Forbes successor.
DeMeo comes south from Hofstra University where he was an assistant coach. DeMeo a New York native, played hoops at State University of New York-Buffalo. He then spent time as an assistant at Iona, Providence and Central Florida.
He was a head coach at Monroe College in the Bronx two years, and he spent 2009 as the head coach at Newberry, a small college in South Carolina. A 10-19 record that year. He left Newberry to go back to New York and Hofstra.
Now he's heading south to try and pick up where coach Forbes left off. Northwest Florida with two very good seasons under Forbes, 62-6, a conference title and back to back national runner up finishes.
He officially takes over this coming Monday, so when A.D. Ramsey Ross told us earlier this week they wanted to move fast to hire a new coach, he wasn't kidding! As for hiring DeMeo, Ross says "“We are extremely excited and fortunate to welcome Coach DeMeo as our new men’s basketball coach. To fill our coaching vacancy with a coach of this caliber is something we are absolutely thrilled about. We sought out to find a coach that has extensive Division-I experience, head coaching experience, and experience at the NJCAA level. Coach DeMeo fits all of those criteria and has been exceptional in each one. Not only is he widely considered to be among the nation’s elite recruiters, but he also brings extensive knowledge, preparation, dedication, and leadership to the program. In addition to his coaching abilities, Coach DeMeo’s players also have a proven track record of academic success, which is essential to the mission of our program. We are delighted to have him on board and can’t wait for November 1st!”