Hired in August of 2008, Matt Dempsey enters his 10th season as the head women’s basketball coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
In nine seasons at USMMA, Dempsey holds a record of 83-141. With a 78-53 road victory over Purchase on Feb. 10, 2016, he became the program's all-time winningest coach with his 71st victory. On December 19, 2012, he earned his 300th career victory as a Head Coach with a 64-45 road win against New Jersey City.
Since taking the helm of the Merchant Marine women’s basketball squad, the Mariners have a 5-4 record under Dempsey against service academy rival Coast Guard.
Dempsey came to Kings Point after being the number one women’s assistant basketball coach at the United States Naval Academy from 2003-2008.
Before his stint at Navy, Dempsey was the head men’s basketball coach at Green Mountain College for 13 seasons. He led the Eagles to five Mayflower Conference titles and to a 216-157 record during his tenure as head coach. Green Mountain advanced to the NAIA National Tournament four times under Dempsey. He earned five conference Coach-of-the-Year honors and was selected as the 1994 NAIA District-V Coach-of-the-Year.
Dempsey left Green Mountain as the winningest coach in the program’s history.From 1986-1989 he was the head women’s basketball coach at Green Mountain College where he posted a 38-34 record in the three seasons.
Dempsey has had other coaching experience as he was the head women’s softball coach from 1990-2001. He was inducted into the Green Mountain College Athletic Hall of Fame in June 2011.
As a player, Dempsey was a four-year starter at Castleton State College for the men’s basketball team and was a three-year letterwinner for the men’s soccer team. As a soccer player, Dempsey won the All-District V Honorable Mention Award and was selected to the All-Conference team in 1983. As a basketball player, he won the 1,000 Point Basketball Award in 1984. Dempsey was inducted to the Castleton State College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1984 from Castleton State College. In 1995, he received a Master’s degree in Education from Castleton State.
Dempsey is a native of Belmar, N.J. He currently resides in Flushing, N.Y., and is the father of 24 year old daughter, Alyssa.