Binghamton University announced today that they will be having a new Men's basketball coach for the 2021-2022 season. The University will not be renewing the contract of head coach Tommy Dempsey. Assistant coach Levell Sanders will be elevated to interim coach for the 2021-2022 season while a search for a permanent replacement will be conducted in Spring 2022. 

In Dempsey 's 9 seasons as head coach the Bearcats had an overall record of 72-194 and 34-108 in conference play. They made an appearance in the America East semi-finals in 2019. His recruiting classes had the highest number of America East All-Rookie selections during an 8 year span including back to back conference Rookie of the Year Selections in 2019 and 2020.

Binghamton University Athletic Director Patrick Elliott says this was a decision they had been talking about with Dempsey for months and a final decision wasn’t decided until after their game Saturday. 

“We just talked about really needing to have some significant progress over last year and this year to really move forward,” says Elliott. You get to a decision point when you’re at the end of somebody’s term.”

Sanders was a stand out college basketball player at Seton Hall earning All Big East honors. He joined the Bearcats staff in 2019. From 2014-2019 he coached BK JIP Pardubice earning All-Czech Republic Coach of the Year in 2017. 

Sanders will be formally introduced as the head coach at a press conference next week. Elliott says he has a chance at landing the job long term.