By CHRIS HELLMANN
The chance of winning a national title during a college career is slim to none. Winning titles as a player and as a coach is even harder. Anthony Desperito did exactly this with the Lynn Men’s Soccer team.
What is even more impressive is that Desperito has won two national titles. In 2012 Desperito was named the most valuable player of the NCAA tournament en route to win his first national title as a student and later won his second during his first year as the assistant coach.
In 2014 he used all his experience to help a young team achieve the same title. Desperito was a prime example of an amazing college athlete.
He earned two master degrees at Lynn while playing for the team. He also finished with a career grade point average of 4.0. Combined with his outstanding work effort, this made Desperito a very likable and well-known student at Lynn.
“He was not just amazing on the field but also a true friend and a great teammate,” said Jason Sangha, senior and Desperito’s teammate for three years. “It is very easy to get along with Desperito; he always brings a positive attitude.”
Desperito is one who is extremely familiar with winning. He has done it as a player as well as a coach. He exemplifies the Lynn mentality perfectly, always striving to win.
Like every other college player, Desperito was facing the question of what to do after his college career.
“It was hard to imagine my life without soccer after college but coaching was something that I have always considered,” said Desperito. “Never in a million years did I imagine I would have [a national championship title] as a player and a coach, but I am grateful for Coach Rootes and everyone that helped me get to where I am today. I hope to bring more championships home to Lynn.”
Desperito tries to keep the winning tradition alive and looks forward to a bright future.