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Tommy Dempsey

 
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Binghamton’s men’s basketball head coach Tommy Dempsey will begin his eighth season at the helm in 2019-20.

Hall of Fame Coach holds wins record at three schools
Dempsey, a 2013 inductee into the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall Of Fame has engineered success at every stop during his 21-year professional career. In 16 years as a college head coach Dempsey has amassed 253 wins and is a four time conference coach of the year. He has established school records for wins at three colleges (Keystone College- 29, Lackawanna College- 33, and Rider University- 23).

At Binghamton, Dempsey has recruited and developed a core of talented and well-rounded student-athletes who are now poised to lift the Bearcats into the upper echelon of the America East Conference. Last season his Bearcats featured the introduction of a phenomenal freshman, a pair of 1,000-point scorers and a stunning postseason victory over the No. 2 seed in the America East tournament. Along the way, the Bearcats held their own against nationally second-ranked Michigan (single digits until final eight minutes), posted a buzzer-beating win at the Barclays Center and also set several program records. The team ranked 29th in the nation in blocks and set a record with 19 three-pointers in a win at Maine.

Testament to the recruiting success, in the last five years, BU has seen 10 different players earn conference Rookie of the Week honors - an America East record during that span. In 2018-19, freshman Sam Sessoms exploded onto the scene and racked up numerous accolades, including America East Rookie of the Year and Freshman All-America honors.

Dempsey was announced as Binghamton’s new head coach on May 24, 2012 and the program has continued to see growth both on and off the court during his tenure.

Recruited and coached NBA lottery pick
Dempsey came to BU after a successful seven-year tenure at Rider University (N.J.), that included 119 wins, a MAAC Championship, three trips to national post season tournaments, and an NBA lottery pick in 2008. At Rider, Dempsey steered two different teams to 23-win seasons. His 2007-08 squad, led by current Toronto Raptors forward Jason Thompson, captured the MAAC regular season crown in 2008. Thompson was then taken with the 12th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings.

Dempsey was named the 2008 MAAC Coach of the Year and also was presented with the Peter A. Carlesimo Award as the Division I Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year.