|Alma Mater:||Norwich '04|
Lou DiMasi III M'11 returns for his 12th season as a coach with the Saint Michael's College men's golf program in 2019-20, and his fifth as an assistant following seven years as the head coach.
The 2018-19 season featured Matt Johnson '20 becoming the first golfer in College history to qualify for an NCAA Championship event, as he finished 50th among 107 competitors at the three-day NCAA Atlantic/East Regional Championship. In addition to winning the Northeast-10 Conference Team Academic Excellence Award for having the highest grade-point average among all men's golf teams in the league, the Purple Knights regularly competed with the best squads in the region, and registered two of the lowest four round scores in school annals. Four players shot 75 or better for the first time in program history during an eighth-place tie with two 2018 NCAA qualifiers at Southern New Hampshire University in September, when the Purple and Gold's tournament score was its best in at least 25 years. Saint Michael's later fired its second-fewest strokes at an NE10 Championship. By taking sixth out of 12 schools at October's Le Moyne College Invitational, the Purple Knights trailed four 2018 NCAA competitors while besting the hosts, another NCAA squad.
The Purple Knights broke a handful of school records at the NE10 Championship during the 2017-18 season, firing their two lowest rounds and carding their lowest final score in 22 36-hole championships. After being chosen by the league's coaches to place ninth, the Purple Knights took seventh, coming within two strokes of fifth place. Four Saint Michael's golfers broke 80 on day one of the meet for the first time, then five did so during the final round. The Purple Knights, who came within one shot of a seven-year-old team record on Sept. 19 while downing three defending NCAA Championship qualifiers, registered their best New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championship finish in 29 years on Oct. 23, taking 15th, carding their fewest strokes since at least 1982. After four Purple Knights had not broken 80 in the same round since Sept. 25, 2010, the 2017-18 squad turned the feat four times, including registering two rounds where all five entrants cracked 80 shots. Purple and Gold competitors recorded 36 rounds in the 70s and finished in the top 50 at tournaments on 20 occasions.
The Purple Knights placed ninth at the NE10 Championship during the 2016-17 season, their highest showing since 2011-12. They had similar success at the NEIGA Championship, tying for 25th for their top placement also in five years. With seven golfers all in either their first or second season of college competition, the Purple Knights recorded 22 rounds in the 70s and cracked the top 50 at tournaments on 16 occasions.
In 2015-16, the Purple Knights took 29th at the NEIGA Championship, their top showing at the meet in three years. With a roster that included five golfers new to the college game, members of the program fired nine rounds in the 70s and cracked the top 50 at tournaments 12 times.
The Purple Knights tied for ninth at the NE-10 Championship in 2014-15, when two members of the squad qualified for an all-conference finish for the first time in program history. It was their best team finish at the meet since 2011. The squad ran its top-10 streak at the NE10 Championship to four seasons for the first time since a run that ended in 2003-04. Saint Michael's also claimed a top-10 finish at the 12-team The College of Saint Rose Fall Shootout.
In 2013-14, the Purple Knights claimed 10th at the NE10 Championship. Saint Michael's was 15th among 22 teams at Middlebury College's Duke Nelson Invitational in mid-September, its best performance at the event since 2003-04.
The 2012-13 Purple Knights also placed 10th at the NE10 Championship. Saint Michael's posted a trio of top-four team showings, including nabbing the runner-up spots at a pair of Franklin Pierce University-hosted events in October and April.
The squad had a historic 2011-12 campaign, posting its best NEIGA Championship finish since 1997 after notching its best NE10 Championship showing in 11 seasons. The Purple Knights tied for sixth out of 12 schools at the league meet and tied for 20th out of 34 at the regional competition. Earlier in the fall, the Purple and Gold took second among five teams at the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship.
In 2010-11, DiMasi guided the Purple Knights to their second straight Vermont Intercollegiate Championship, one of two meet victories the squad posted. The 2009-10 season saw Saint Michael's win three times. During his initial campaign, DiMasi helped the Purple and Gold tie for eighth at the 2008 NE10 Championship, its best finish in three years.
DiMasi was a four-year member of the Burlington High School varsity golf program, serving as captain of the squad his senior year. He also played a year of varsity golf at Northwood Prep School in Lake Placid, N.Y.
A 2004 graduate of nearby Norwich University with a degree in business management, DiMasi was a two-time All-America defenseman on the Cadets' ice hockey team. He helped Norwich win the 2003 NCAA Division III Tournament and, following graduation, played professional ice hockey for teams in Georgia, Utah, Italy and The Netherlands. In September 2014 DiMasi was inducted into the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame.
DiMasi was formerly a resident director at Saint Michael's and earned his master's degree from the College in May 2011. He previously served for two seasons as a men's ice hockey assistant coach for the Purple Knights, helping the 2008-09 squad win the NE-10 Tournament.