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Matt Dempsey
Matt Dempsey
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 516-726-5273
Email: dempseym@usmma.edu
Hometown: Belmar, N.J.
College: Castleton State '84 / '95
Major: B.S. - Physical Education / M.A. - Education

Hired in August of 2008, Matt Dempsey enters his sixth season as the head women’s basketball coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. 

In five seasons at USMMA, Dempsey holds a record of 62-73.  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 4-1 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, NJ. He currently resides in Flushing, NY and is the father of 21 year old daughter, Alyssa.

Alexa Shields
Alexa Shields
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 516-726-5274
Email: shieldsa@usmma.edu
Hometown: Oakhurst, N.J.
College: College of N.J. '06 / Rutgers-Newark '08
Major: B.S. - Communications / M.S. - Liberal Studies

Alexa Shields enters her sixth season as the assistant women’s basketball coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Shields came to Kings Point after coaching as a graduate intern at Rutgers-Newark. 

At the Academy, Shields is responsible for recruiting, scouting, film exchange, travel, and Sea Year fitness coordination.     

While at Rutgers-Newark some of her responsibilities included recruiting, administrative duties and camp coordinator. She also organized the team’s Tip-Off Tournament and served as a Team Academic Advisor.

A three-time All-New Jersey Athletic Conference guard at The College of New Jersey, Shields helped TCNJ to NJAC championships in 2004 and 2006, finishing tied for third in career assists (309) and fifth in steals (196) in school history. She served as team captain as a junior and senior. A four-year letterwinner, she earned first-team All-NJAC honors in 2005 while garnering second unit notice as a sophomore and senior.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in communication from TCNJ in 2006 after four years on the Dean’s List. Two years later, Shields earned a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Rutgers-Newark.

Shields and her family moved from Huntington, Indiana, to Wall Township, New Jersey, for her junior and senior years in high school. She captained Wall High School as a junior and senior where she also lettered twice in tennis.

She is a native of Oakhurst, NJ and currently resides in Long Beach, N.Y.