Anthony Desperito was hired as Lynn University’s men’s soccer assistant coach on July 1, 2014. A three-year letterwinner as a member of the Fighting Knights, Desperito is responsible for Florida recruiting operations and oversees camps and administrative duties.
In 2014, Desperito became the first coach in program history to win a national title as both a full-time coach and student-athlete. The former striker championed the Fighting Knights to the NCAA Division II National Championship in his first year on the bench and two-years after helping Lynn win the 2012 national title.
Patrolling the sidelines as an assistant is nothing new for Desperito as to the Bayport, N.Y., native served as a student-assistant for the 2011 NCAA Tournament women’s soccer program. While assisting then head coach Chip Dutchik, Desperito helped oversee the development of Sunshine State Conference Player and Offensive Player of the Year Melissa Ortiz.
A three-year letterwinner with the Fighting Knights (2009, 2012-13), Desperito posted eight goals, nine assists and 25 points in 48 games played. During Lynn’s run to the 2012 national title, Lynn’s dynamic forward scored a goal against Mercyhurst in the semifinals and the game-winner versus Saginaw Valley State in the national championship match to earn NCAA Most Outstanding Offensive Player recognition.
Desperito holds three degrees from Lynn University, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in sports & recreation management in 2012 and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in financial valuation and investment management in 2013 and Masters in Science for criminal justice in 2014.