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Tommy Dempsey Extended Until 2018-19 Season At Binghamton

After three seasons at the helm, Binghamton has extended the contract of Tommy Dempsey two more seasons beyond his current contract.

The 41 year-old head coach, who signed a five year contract upon his hire in 2012 at the upstate New York school, received a contract extension that will run until the end of the 2018-19 season.

“Tommy has done a great job building a strong foundation for the future success of our program,” athletic director Patrick Elliott said in a statement. “I believe that it is important to ensure stability and continuity as we move forward over the next several years.”

Binghamton finished in sixth place in the America East this past season, falling to Stony Brook 62-57 in the conference quarterfinals. Dempsey’s squad was assessed an APR penalty that restricted practice time this past season, barely avoiding a potential postseason ban.

“We are working hard to build a program that the University, alumni and community can be proud of,” Dempsey said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to being the leader of this program for many years.”

After three seasons, Dempsey is 16-76 with the Bearcats after winning 119 games in seven seasons succeeding Don Harnum at Rider.

The Bearcats finished in sixth place this past season, weathering the storm of injuries to Dusan Perovic and Nick Madray in the process while building with the youngest rosters in the nation, according to Ken Pom. Freshman Willie Rodriguez, who led the team in scoring, was selected to the conference’s All-Rookie team.

Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2014-15 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference and Hofstra for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.