Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's a new era at Binghamton University as the Bearcats officially introduce their new men's basketball coach.
38 year old Tommy Dempsey is the new man in charge after spending the last 7 seasons at Rider.
Action Sports Director Brendan O'Reilly talked to the new coach Friday morning.
"The fourth head coach in the history of Binghamton University's division one basketball program is introduced today. He's with me now. Tommy Dempsey is the new head man coming over from Rider College. What's it been like, what was the adjustment and what stood out to you about Binghamton wanting to be here?"
"Well you know it's been a whirlwind the last week or so, just trying to you know make your decision but you also have to get your life in order a little bit when you have, I have 4 children so just getting everybody organized has been a challenge but again it's just about what I believe this place can be," he says.
"You said in the press conference today that you believe this program is set up for success, what do you mean by that and what do you see as the potential here for Binghamton University?"
"One of the things I said a couple of times lately is that I believe it's a sleeping giant. We have a great academic profile as an institution. We have resources, we have facilities, a passionate fan base, everything a young coach could want," says Dempsey.
The program has gone through it's share of difficulties the past couple of years...you have the scandal and now a few players deciding to transfer out, some bumps right away you have to face. How do you adjust to that and get ready for those challenges?"
"Well there's no quick fix. It's going to take some time. We're going to really get together with the returning players and establish our culture. This is who we are and this is who we're going to be and get up there and develop the current players and also work the phones and try to get the recruiting started, but again we want to build our program with guys that want to be here so if there's guys that don't want to be here for whatever reason, we're going to go find guys that want to be here," he says.
He's got a great green tie, he's ready to be a Bearcat. The new head coach of the Binghamton University men's basketball program, Tommy Dempsey ready to start here at Binghamton.