Loyola Women's Soccer vs. Lafayette - Senior Day - 10/28/17
Loyola Women's Soccer vs. Holy Cross - 10/7/17
Loyola women's soccer opened its 2016 season with a 3-1 win at Mount St. Mary's. (Photos by David Sinclair)
A native of Columbia, Maryland, Dempsey comes to Loyola after serving one year as an assistant coach at Maryland and five seasons as the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at LSU.
"I'm excited to add Kevin to our coaching staff," Meiburger said. "He comes to us with a wealth of experience and the ability to immediately impact our recruiting efforts and player development. Most importantly, he is a great person and he will represent Loyola and our Jesuit identity well. I am looking forward to welcoming Kevin and working with him as we strive to build our program for the future."
In 2013 and 2014, Dempsey assembled the top recruiting classes in the SEC, which were ranked among the top-10 nationally.
In addition, in 2014, Dempsey's freshmen earned two spots on the All-SEC Freshmen Team, making LSU the only school to have more than one player on the league team. The previous year, three freshmen were honored with All-SEC Second Team honors, marking the first time in conference history that three freshmen from the same school made an All-SEC team. That year, the trio went on to be selected to the Freshman All-American Team by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
On the field, Dempsey's defensive unit was pivotal in LSU winnings its fourth SEC Western Division championships in five years and earning a trip to the 2011 NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history. They finished the season with a 13-8-1 overall record and an 8-3 mark in SEC play.
In his first year with the Tigers, Dempsey worked closely with the defensive unit, helping the team match a program record for the fewest goals allowed in a season, with 16, and nearly set a school record with a 0.72 goals-against average in 21 games. LSU finished the season tied for first in the SEC in goals allowed and second for GAA.
"I want to thank Naomi for a fantastic opportunity," Dempsey said. "I'm ready to hit the ground running and help Loyola become a championship contender in the Patriot League."
Prior to working at LSU, Dempsey spent nine years as the head coach at the College of Charleston, where he led the Cougars to a 99-78-22 overall record and a 54-32-8 mark in the Southern Conference.
For nine-straight seasons, Dempsey and the Cougars made an appearance in the SoCon Tournament, including making runner-up finishes in 2002 and 2009. College of Charleston earned 28 All-SoCon and All-SoCon Tournament selections under Dempsey, and had six NSCAA All-Region Scholar Athletes in 2009 and 2010.
Dempsey started his head coaching tenure at his alma mater, Catawba College, in 1994. For seven seasons, he compiled an overall record of 80-45-7, including a 47-13-3 mark in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference.
In all, Dempsey coached 10 NCAA Division II All-Americans, 17 All-South Region selections, four SAC Players of the Year and four SAC Freshmen of the Year.
Dempsey graduated from Catawba in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in history. He and his wife, Krista, have a son, Jack.