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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Former MU Dempsey assistant lands job at UNH

DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire men’s basketball head coach Bill Herrion announces the hiring of Kenneth Dempsey to the 2007-08 coaching staff.

As recruiting coordinator for head coach Wayne Szoke at Monmouth for eight seasons (1984-94), Dempsey's recruiting efforts produced the school's all-time Division I scoring co-leaders, seven of the school's top-10 Division I scoring leaders and a GTE Academic all-American. - that player's name was Calloway.

He is a grad of St. Joseph's High School ( now Monsignor Donovan).

Dempsey spent the last five seasons as the Associate Men’s Basketball Head Coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dempsey also served as the University of North Carolina-Greensboro assistant coach from 1999-2001.

Dempsey is familiar with the Northeast region when he served as the assistant coach at Northeastern University from 1994-1999.

Prior to joining the staff at Northeastern, Dempsey was an assistant coach at Monmouth (N.J.) University from 1984-94.

The players he recruited earned 21 all-conference selections and helped the team to three conference championship game appearances.

Dempsey is a proven self-directed and high profile coaching/recruiting professional with over 24 years of full-time leadership and experience at the previous listed Division I institutions.

Dempsey has a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the country by numerous national recruiting and coaching publications and boasts a 100-percent graduation rate among student-athletes recruited. Hoop Scoop Online as one of the nation’s top 100 cited each of UMKC’s past four recruiting classes.

Dempsey also serves actively on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors. Dempsey earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1983 from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., where he was a four-year letter-winner in basketball and baseball. He also completed a master's degree in education from Monmouth in 1991.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

100% graduation rate of everyone he recruited?!? I know that not all 7 recruits that came in along with John Giraldo (titled on the 1992-93 Media Guide as "Wanye's New World") all graduated from Monmouth by 1997. Is he conveniently leaving that out fom his calculations, or is he claiming that those who left were recruited by Dave Calloway?

BTW, whoever came up with that title should be running SNL next to Lorne Michaels.

2:23 PM, June 25, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

For what it's worth, they did not have to graduate from Monmouth or even by 1997 as long as they eventually graduated from college.

All I can tell you is - without question or argument - he recruited players who were of major impact in putting MU on the D1 map, and then leading it to its first NCAA D 1 berth in '96.

We may also add Mustapha Barksdale and Jack Gordon to that list, by the way.

6:26 PM, June 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony - clerical update - Dave graduated from St Joseph in Hammonton Atlantic County not SJ Toms River

9:38 PM, June 25, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Ok..I was a little vague there (as I often am).

I was referring to Dempsey who graduated from St. Joes of TR (now Mon Don).

And yes, Dave Calloway was (is) the pride of those St. Joseph's Wildcats of Hammonton.

(Where I actually worked and broadcast`St. Joes and Hammonton High football in the 1960's). How scary is that?

10:08 PM, June 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's just WAY too scary!!!!!

9:13 AM, June 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Calloway contract is up Dempsey would make a great next head coach.

He is a better X O coach and would bring in D-1 players.

Tony put him on your list for 2010 season.

Only three more season to go.

3:06 PM, June 26, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I hope you're not holding your breath for either event to occur.

For one thing..and I believe we have reviewed this often during March...MU would have to go deep into the tank over the next few years..and I mean hit rock bottom and bounce a few times... for MU to make a change...

You also have to assume Dempsey helps get UNH into a contending role in the America East where Vermont, and lately Albany, have been on top.

I guess nothing is impossible but that scenario is pretty close to it.

10:31 PM, June 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Calloway has three season to turn the bball program back to its winning ways,If he pulls it off he back if not he is gone.The MAC at 34 million he has to win not every game but be in the top three NEC teams is my guess.Let face it the odds are not good a 500 season the next two years at best with no MONEY next season.... the hard facts dont look good . So the Jet last year will be the flip of the coin for Calloway....Maybe Barlow and Adam will light up the NEC and Rickie will score 20 points per game and Shipman will shoot 35% ..... good luck .....Tony lets look at the facts and not run to protect Calloway...

8:44 PM, June 28, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I'm not protecting anyone.

I defended Calloway from last season's critics who were calling for his immediate ouster which -in my opinion off of his body of work over the last six years - was ridiculous.

But now he does face his biggest challenge since the dog days of the late '90's.

You're giving him three seasons to turn MU back into an NEC contender which - in my opinion - is ample time.

He might say - or probably feels - he expects to get it done sooner.

I am doing the NEC preview again this year for Lindy's Basketball annual..and have received the info on all the teams but Q Pac, SHU, and SFPA.

Even minus those three - with what I have in the team capsules already - and from what I know about those other three teams anyway - MU is in for a tough season.

As`we speak it would not suprise me if MU does not make the 2007-2008 NEC Tournament.

11:13 PM, June 28, 2007  
Anonymous Hit A Free Throw said...

Well here we are again with this same discussion about Dave getting fired. I will say this for the 100th time. Dave will not get fired unless this program completely falls off the map or he decides to leave on his own. Neither of these things are going to happen in the next 3-5 years. Get used to it! Write it down, print it, put it on a sticky and paste it to your monitor. It is not going to happen. If you are not familiar with MU and the way things work around here you are wasting your time writing about him getting fired. Every program in the country goes through a rough patch, well that is where we are right now and probably 1 more season. The train will be back on the tracks and we will be at the top once again.

9:19 AM, June 29, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To free throw: You are right on the money - in my opinion.

As I have often - said they would have to have three awful seasons in a row including the first one in the new arena (2009-2010) for any axe to even quiver on the shelf.

They are probably going to start 1-10 or around that next year - and will the critics be howling then!

Dave will get every chance - and then some - to right the ship - and he has earned it.

9:57 AM, June 29, 2007  

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