Kyle Dezotell was hired in March 2020 as head coach of the Tufts University men's soccer program. He replaced Josh Shapiro, who left to take the top job at Harvard. Dezotell led the team through practices during the pandemic in 2020, but will finally get the opportunity to put his imprint on the Jumbo program in game action this fall.
In 17 years of successful experience as a head coach at the NCAA Division III level, Coach Dezotell has compiled 185 victories and a 62.2 winning percentage during four previous coaching stints. Prior to his arrival at Tufts, he spent the last three years at Ithaca College. During the 2018 and 2019 seasons with the Bombers, he led the team to a combined 27-8-6 mark that included a NCAA Tournament berth in 2019 and a school-record 14 wins in 2018. The 2019 squad was ranked in the national top 25 all year including a high of #8. In 2018 the Bombers were Liberty League finalists.
Dezotell was also previously the head coach at Manhattanville College (2016), Norwich University (2006-15) and at Johnson State College (2004-05). At Norwich he was a four-time GNAC Coach of the Year and his teams qualified for the NCAA or ECAC post-season tournament nine times. His 2005 Johnson State team was the NAC regular-season champion and he was voted the conference's coach of the year. A 2003 Middlebury College graduate, Dezotell's first coaching job was an assistant at Saint Michael's College for the 2003 season. He moved into the head coaching ranks the next year.
At Middlebury Dezotell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film & English Studies. He is the Panthers' all-time leading goal scorer and is second in career assists and points. An All-NESCAC and All-New England selection in soccer, he was also a member of the Middlebury Nordic Ski team. In high school, Dezotell was the NSCAA Gatorade Vermont Player of the Year in soccer as well as a state and New England champion in Nordic skiing.
Dezotell took over a Tufts program that has won four of the last six NCAA Division III championships, including two in a row. The Jumbos are also defending NESCAC champions and have won that conference crown in two of the last three seasons.
"I am well aware that I am taking over the preeminent program in NCAA DIII Men's Soccer over the last decade," Dezotell said when he was hired. "The success achieved by the men's soccer student-athletes, head coach Josh Shapiro, and his amazing coaching staff and support staff is remarkable. The level of respect I have for what Coach Shapiro and the program have achieved couldn't be higher. I am humbled, prideful, eager, and ready to continue to build upon the last decade as we head into 2020 and beyond.
"Moving forward at Tufts, we have no plans whatsoever of taking steps backward," he continued. "Our goals, standards, and expectations will remain exactly the same as they have been for the last decade. The program has become synonymous with excellence and competing for championships and this is why I eagerly accepted this opportunity."