In the last 21 years Geno DeMarco has simply gone about his business by winning more football games than any other head coach in Golden Tornadoes football history. Taking over the program in 1993, coach DeMarco has compiled an overall record of 133-85. In 2003, DeMarco surpassed his former coach, Gene Sullivan, for the most wins by any other Geneva coach.
During DeMarco's tenure, Geneva has four times qualified for the NAIA national tournament, including the 2005 season, and six times DeMarco has led the Golden Tornadoes to the NCCAA Victory Bowl, which Geneva has won five times including 2009. Geneva has been invited to the post-season 11 times in the last 18 years. This long term success at one institution has translated into DeMarco being one of the winningest coach in the tri-state area of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
DeMarco is the longest tenured coach in Geneva football history. Beginning his 21st season at the helm in 2013, DeMarco has been on the Geneva sidelines longer than any of his predecessors. “I continue to be blessed with an incredible opportunity to work at a place like Geneva College. We have outstanding young men come through our system and it is a true blessing to have the opportunity to minister to them on a daily basis.”
During his tenure, DeMarco has garnered a number of coaches of the year honors. In fact, DeMarco has won a coaching award in eight of his 18 seasons, including three times being named coach of the year in the Mid-States Football Association with the most recent coming in 2005.
DeMarco has been a part of Geneva football since he joined the Golden Tornadoes as a player in the early 1980's. A standout linebacker for head coach Gene Sullivan, DeMarco became the school's first NAIA academic All-American and was recently named as one of Geneva's top 100 players from 1976-2000.
DeMarco began his coaching career as a defensive line graduate assistant at Georgia Tech under head coach Bill Curry in 1985. The next two years he coached the defensive secondary and defensive line at West Virginia University under head coach Don Nehlen. “The time I spent at Georgia Tech and West Virginia was an unbelievable experience for a young coach. It was invaluable for me, both professionally and personally to learn under two outstanding head coaches.”
At Geneva, DeMarco broke the all-time victory record in Geneva's next to last game in 2003 and put himself ahead of the Geneva coaching class. “To be mentioned among some of the great coaches in school history is truly an honor. We have such a great tradition at Geneva ; it is simply an honor to be a part of such a fantastic program.”
DeMarco, who earned degrees in Psychology, Information Systems and Business Administration, was granted his Master's degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University in 1986.
DeMarco is one of four children of Rev. Eugene and Norma DeMarco to graduate from Geneva College. His youngest brother, David, was a quarterback for three years, while Sam earned four letters before graduating in 1986 and Marie graduated in 1988.
Coach DeMarco resides in Daugherty Township in Beaver County with his wife, Cheryl and four daughters: Alexa, Jessica, Grace and Rachel.
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Geneva offers an Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP) to finish a degree in Human Resources, Human Services, Christian Ministry Leadership or Organizational Development.