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Dempsey inducted into NEPA Hall of Fame

VESTAL, N.Y.  Mens basketball head coach Tommy Dempsey will be inducted into the Northeastern Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Sunday, Oct. 6 at the University of Scrantons DeNaples Center. Dempsey, along with 10 other individuals, will be honored at the 31st NEPA Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Dempsey, who begins his second season at the helm of the mens basketball program, is being honored for his work at Rider, Lackawanna College and Keystone College. During his 10 seasons as a head coach, The Dunmore, Pa. native has been successful on all levels of competition from junior college to Division I.

I was surprised and honored when I got the call about being inducted, Dempsey said. It feels great to be recognized by the people in the community where I grew up. Im very proud to be from a great community and Sunday will be a nice day for my family. We are all looking forward to it.

Dempsey has established the school record for wins at three different colleges and has been named Coach of the Year four times in 10 years as a head coach.

Prior to arriving in Binghamton, Dempsey spent nine seasons at Rider University in Lawrence, New Jersey, seven of those seasons as the Broncs head coach. While at Rider, Dempsey compiled a 119-105 record and was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Coach of the Year in 2008. His 2007-08 squad, led by current NBA player Jason Thompson, captured the MAAC regular season crown and played in the College Basketball Invitational. Thompson, who was recruited by Dempsey, was a lottery pick, taken 12th by the Sacramento Kings in the 2008 NBA Draft.

In his seven-year tenure, Rider had the third-most total wins of any program in the MAAC (behind only Siena and Fairfield) and has more wins than any program in the Metropolitan area  more than Seton Hall, Hofstra, St. Johns and Princeton among others.
Prior to his time at Rider, Dempsey took two different schools to the NJCAA Final Four, including a trip to the national championship game in 2003. In three years as head coach at the junior college level, his teams compiled an 88-12 record, including a perfect 46-0 mark at home. He was twice a finalist for National Coach of the Year honors.

At Lackawanna College, Dempsey took his team to the Division II national championship game in 2003 and was the Region 19 and District 9 Coach of the Year. He inherited a team that wasnt in the preseason top 40 and finished national runnerup with a school-record 33 wins (33-4).

Dempsey spent two seasons at Keystone College and compiled a 55-8 record. After inheriting an 11-12 team, Dempsey led the 2000-01 squad to 26 wins and a conference title in his first season, earning Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year honors. In 2001-02, Keystone won a school-record 29 games and advanced to the NJCAA Final Four and Dempsey was the Region 19 and District 6 Coach of the Year and a finalist for national coach of the year.

He began his head coaching career at age 24 at Wyoming Preparatory School in 1999. Before that, Dempsey served as an assistant coach for two years at his alma mater, Susquehanna University (1997-99).

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)

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