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Albany, Binghamton part ways with men's basketball coaches

Field Level Media
02 Mar 2021, 02:55 GMT+10

Will Brown will not return after 20 seasons as coach at Albany, the school announced Monday.

Under Brown, the Great Danes were 315-295 and played in five NCAA Tournaments. As a No. 16 seed in 2006, Albany had UConn on the ropes, forcing the Huskies to rally from a 12-point deficit in the second half to avoid becoming the first No. 1 seed ever to lose in the tournament.

"I have decided that it is time for me to seek a new challenge and after meeting with (athletic director) Mark Benson, we have agreed to mutually part ways," Brown, 49, said in a news release.

"Anyone who knows me knows this decision was extraordinarily difficult. But I leave the University at Albany with an enormous sense of pride in the positive impact that my staff, my family and, most important, the student athletes I had the honor of coaching, have had on UAlbany basketball and the greater Albany community."

The Great Danes were eliminated in the second round of the America East conference tournament on Sunday with an 83-77 loss at Hartford. Albany finished the season, which was interrupted by COVID-19, with a 7-9 overall record, 6-6 in the conference.

The school said the search for a new coach will begin immediately.

Also in the America East, Binghamton parted ways with coach Tommy Dempsey after nine seasons, announcing his contract will not be renewed.

Assistant coach Levell Sanders will serve as interim head coach for the 2021-22 season. A search for a permanent replacement will be conducted in Spring 2022.

The Bearcats ended their season on Saturday in the first round of the conference tournament, losing 77-60 at Hartford.

Dempsey had a 71-194 record at Binghamton, including a 4-14 (4-10 America East) mark this season.

--Field Level Media

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