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AD Elliott, basketball coaches speak on campus

January 10, 2013

AD Elliott, basketball coaches speak on campus

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton University Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott spoke at the University Forum luncheon Thursday on campus. Elliott, whose presentation was titled “Excellence with Honor,” was joined by men’s basketball coach Tommy Dempsey and women’s basketball coach Nicole Scholl.

The Binghamton University Forum is a membership organization comprised of business, professional and community leaders that brings nationally known authorities to speak at functions throughout the year.

Elliott has been at Binghamton since November 2011 after serving as director of athletics at Saint Peter’s University for three years. He also served as senior associate athletics director for finance, planning and operations at St. John’s University. In his three-year tenure at Saint Peter’s, Elliott spearheaded rapid growth that culminated with the school’s most successful athletics year in 2010-11.

Under Elliott’s watch last spring, Binghamton student-athletes met the 3.0 GPA threshold for the 13th consecutive semester. Sixty percent of the student-athletes were named to the America East Honor Roll and 12 teams held a 3.0 or higher GPA.

At Binghamton, Elliott oversees an athletics department comprised of nearly 100 staff members and 425 student-athletes. At the luncheon, Elliott shared his vision for the department, which includes:

- Competing regularly for conference championships
- Representing the University, America East Conference and community with integrity and sportsmanship
- Continuing to recognize and promote the academic success of student-athletes
- Remaining competitive with peer institutions while recruiting high-quality student-athletes
- Providing facilities to enhance the overall experience for student-athletes, coaches and fans
- Working with the campus community to support the overall mission of the University

Elliott spoke about the department’s Student-Athlete Success Center, which serves as a hub for the student-athletes and the growth of their academic and life skills. The Center provides advising and tutorial services and the staff helps nurture personal and career development along with identifying and coordinating community service projects. 

Dempsey came to Binghamton in May 2012 and is midway through his first season with the Bearcats. A native of Scranton, Pa., he came directly from Rider University, where he served as head coach for seven seasons. 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 head coach.

Scholl is in her fifth season as head coach of the BU women and in her 14th year overall with the program. In 2012, Scholl led Binghamton to the America East semifinals for the third time in four years. Binghamton went 19-12 during the 2010-11 campaign, tying its Division I era record for victories in a season. Scholl came to Binghamton from Division II North Dakota State University, where she helped lead the Bison to a pair of NCAA tournament appearances.

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