Dempsey leaving Rider for Binghamton

May 25, 2012 - 2:52 AM Vestal, NY (Sports Network) - Binghamton University has lured Tommy Dempsey away from Rider University to become its new men's basketball coach.

Dempsey has agreed to take over at Binghamton after spending the past seven seasons at Rider. He will be introduced at a press conference on Friday.

Binghamton needed a new coach after Mark Macon was fired in April on the heels of a 2-29 season. The Bearcats were just 23-70 in Macon's three-year tenure.

"Tommy Dempsey is a great hire for Binghamton University," Binghamton president Harvey G. Stenger said. "He has a track record of competitive and academic success that will bring energy to our men's basketball program. I am looking forward to watching the program grow under his guidance."

Dempsey was 119-105 at Rider, including 13-19 this past season. It marked the fewest wins for the Broncs since 2005-06, when the team was 8-20 after Dempsey was given the job on an interim basis following Don Harnum's promotion to athletic director.

Rider had five winning seasons under Dempsey and three postseason appearances, reaching the CBI Tournament in the spring of 2008 and the CIT in 2009 and 2011.

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