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Rapidly turning the corner with a resurging Binghamton’s men’s basketball program, head coach Tommy Dempsey begins his third season at the helm in 2014-15. A strong recruiter with personal integrity and family values, Dempsey has engineered success at every stop during his 17-year professional career. In 12 years as a college head coach Dempsey has compiled an overall record of 217-167.
In short order at Binghamton, Dempsey has recruited and developed a core of talented players who are poised to lift the Bearcats into the upper echelon of the America East Conference.
The cornerstone of Dempsey’s rebuilding process has been two-time all-conference guard Jordan Reed, who led the America East in rebounding for a second straight year in 2013-14. Reed became the only guard to ever win back-to-back rebound titles in league history and he was one of only eight players across the country to finish in his conference top-3 in both scoring and rebounding.
Last season, Dempsey added a stellar recruiting class and that quartet (Yosef Yacob, Marlon Beck, Nick Madray and Magnus Richards) allowed Binghamton to become the first school in league history to produce four different America East Rookie of the Week honorees.
The 2013-14 Bearcats kept getting better all season and with all signs pointing toward a bright future, the Events Center faithful turned out in big numbers, giving Binghamton’s its 10th America East attendance title in the last 11 seasons.
Heading into the 2014-15 season, Dempsey and his staff have brought in a highly-touted six-man recruiting class that gives BU an arsenal of size, athleticism and talent to compete for an America East championship.
Dempsey was announced as Binghamton’s new head coach on May 24, 2012 and it was widely considered a coup for the school to land a proven Division I head coach after struggling through a two-win season. 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.
Equally important, Dempsey’s student-athletes continue to demonstrate a proven track record of academic accomplishment under his leadership. His Rider program received the NCAA Public Recognition Award four times in his last five years for having an APR score in the top 10 percent in the country, including three perfect scores. Every four-year player in his program has graduated.
Dempsey has established the school record for wins at three different colleges (Keystone College- 29, Lackawanna College- 33, and Rider University- 23) and has been named Conference Coach of the Year four times.
At Rider, Dempsey steered two different teams to 23-win seasons. His 2007-08 squad, led by current Sacramento Kings 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.
Dempsey’s Broncs won 82 games in a four year span (2007-2011), the most in any four-year span in Rider school history. During that span the Rider program collected wins against teams from the Big 10 (Penn St.), Big East (Rutgers), SEC (Mississippi St.) and Pac 12 (USC).
Prior to taking the reins at Rider, Dempsey was an assistant coach with the Broncs from 2003-05. His tenure as an assistant helped head coach Don Harnum to a regular-season MAAC title in 2005 and first ever trip for the Broncs to the MAAC Tournament Champioship game.
After serving as an interim head coach in 2005-06, Dempsey, the third-youngest Division I head coach in the country at the time, doubled the team’s win total in his first full year as head coach in 2006-07. His 16-win Broncs team reached the MAAC quarterfinals and was the only team (out of eight) in New Jersey to post a winning record.
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, he compiled an 88-12 overall 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 wasn’t 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 Seminary Preparatory School (Pa.) in 1999. Before that, Dempsey served as an assistant coach under his college coach Frank Marcinek for two years at his alma mater, Susquehanna University (1997-99).
As a player, Dempsey was a three-year letterwinner and team captain at Susquehanna before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1997. He earned his master’s degree from Bloomsburg University in 2005.
A native of Scranton, Pa., Dempsey was inducted into the Northeast Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in October 2013.
Tommy and his wife Amy live in Binghamton with their four children: Tommy (14), Emily (12), Brian (7) and Tyler (5).
Luber begins his third season with the Bearcats in 2014-15, the second as associate head coach. Quickly drawing attention for his coaching acumen and recruiting results, Luber has orchestrated back-to-back prominent recruiting classes that have boosted Binghamton’s stature in the America East Conference.
“Ben is a basketball junkie,” Dempsey said. “He eats, drinks, and sleeps the game and he has a bright future as a basketball coach.”
Luber served three seasons on Dempsey’s staff at Rider, earning a promotion from director of operations after his first year and spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach.
He was a four-year point guard and letterwinner at Penn State, where he was a two-time team captain in the Big Ten Conference. He ranks among the Nittany Lions’ top-10 in career assists (418) and steals (125). As a junior, Luber helped Penn State advance to the National Invitation Tournament as the team’s Most Improved Player. As a freshman, he was an Honorable Mention Freshman All-American selection by Street & Smith magazine.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2007 (3.3 GPA in major), Luber played professionally in Israel and Iceland.
In high school, Luber was a first team all-state honoree (2003) and set school records for career points (1,969), assists (562) and steals (236). He led his Council Rock North team to the Pennsylvania Sweet 16 and was twice named the Bucks County Player of the Year.
At Rider, Luber was part of a staff that produced a school-record 23 wins in 2010-11. He was in charge of guard play and his unit finished in the nation’s top-10 in three-point field goal percentage.
Goodman brought more than a decade of Division I coaching and administrative experience to the table when he was hired in May 2013. He begins his second season as an assistant with the program in 2014-15.
He came directly from CSU-Bakersfield, where he served as associate head coach the past two seasons. While there, Goodman was actively involved in a program that recorded its first winning season at the Division I level in 2011-12 and earned a bid to the post-season CIT.
Prior to his stint at Cal-State Bakersfield, Goodman was at Oklahoma for five seasons. He was the Director of Basketball Operations from 2006-10 and was an assistant coach during the 2010-11 campaign. In 2009 the Sooners went 30-6, climbed to No. 2 in the polls and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. While at Oklahoma, Goodman helped coach four NBA draft picks including current Los Angeles Clipper All-Star Blake Griffin.
From 2000-06, Goodman was an assistant coach at Bucknell University. The Bison won the Patriot League title in 2005 and 2006, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament both seasons. Goodman aided the Bison in finishing the 2005-06 season with a 27-5 ranking and a No. 25 national ranking.
A 1996 graduate of Barat College, Goodman got his start in coaching at his alma mater as an assistant coach from 1996-98. He then became an assistant coach at Susquehanna University from 1998-00. It was in his second year at Susquehanna that Dempsey was also an assistant coach on the staff.
“I am excited that Bryan is coming to Binghamton,” Dempsey said. “We coached together as young assistants and we have remained close for many years. He is a talented coach and he has helped build successful programs in his career. Bryan will be a great addition to our staff as we continue to grow our program.”
Courtney, a former All-CAA selection for University of Delaware (2004-08), joined the program in August 2012 and after serving two seasons as the coordinator of player development, was promoted to assistant coach in 2014.
He played professionally in Argentina, Israel and Turkey and prior to coming to Binghamton, spent the two seasons as an assistant coach at Penn State Abington.
“I coached against Herb when he was a player at Delaware and he was a heck of a player,” Dempsey said at the time of Courtney’s hiring. “We are excited to give him his first coaching opportunity at the Division I level. I have great confidence that he will be a great coach moving forward.”
At Delaware, 6-foot-6 forward Courtney finished his career ranked 10th in scoring with 1,291 career points (11.4 avg.). He also amassed 649 rebounds and is one of just eight Blue Hen players to reach the 1,200-point, 600-rebound mark. As a senior in 2007-08, Courtney averaged 14.1 points and 6.2 rebounds and was a repeat selection as team MVP. He was a second team All-CAA forward in 2007 and a first-team Preseason All-CAA in 2008.
Courtney earned his bachelor’s degree in hotel restaurant institutional management in 2008 with a minor in business. He held a 3.0 GPA in his major.
He played professionally oversees in Argentina in 2008 and in Turkey and Israel in 2009.
In August 2010 he joined the staff at Penn State Abington and helped the team triple its win total from the previous year, thanks to a recruiting class that included the conference rookie of the year and the league’s top rebounder and top three-point shooter.
Courtney also worked as an account manager at TEKsystems in Philadelphia.