Rey Dempsey

Rey Dempsey (born September 20, 1936) is a former American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Youngstown State University from 1973 to 1974, Southern Illinois University from 1976 to 1983, and Memphis State University—now known as the University of Memphis—from 1984 to 1985, compiling a career college football record of 73–57–3. In 1975, he was a special teams coach for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). In 1983, his Southern Illinois team went 13–1, the best record in school history, winning the 1983 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game.

American football player and coach
Rey Dempsey
Biographical details
Born (1936-09-20) September 20, 1936 (age 85)
East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1954–1957 Geneva
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1958–1960 Hopewell HS (PA) (assistant)
1961–1964 East Palestine HS (OH)
1965–1970 Central Catholic HS (OH)
1971–1972 Bowling Green (OL)
1973–1974 Youngstown State
1975 Detroit Lions (ST)
1976–1983 Southern Illinois
1984–1985 Memphis State
Head coaching record
Overall 73–57–3 (college)
54–43–3 (high school)
Tournaments 0–1 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
3–0 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 NCAA Division I-AA (1983)
Awards
AFCA NCAA Division I-AA Coach of the Year (1983)

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Dempsey was born in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in nearby Pitcairn. In high school, he captained his school’s football, basketball, and baseball team. His football coach was Chuck Klausing, who later served as head football coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University and was an assistant coach at the University of West Virginia and the University of Pittsburgh.

Dempsey attended Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. There he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He played quarterback on the Geneva Golden Tornadoes football team under head coach Byron E. Morgan.[1]

Dempsey began his coaching career as an assistant football coach at Hopewell High School in Hopewell Township in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. There we he worked for three years under Bill McDonald, who later served as head coach at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In 1960, Dempsey got his first head coaching job, at East Palestine High School in East Palestine, Ohio. His record there was 21–18–1 in four seasons. Dempsey moved on to Central Catholic High School, in Perry Township, Stark County, Ohio near Canton, in 1965. His record was 33–25–2 in six seasons at Central Catholic. His 1970 team shut out eight of their ten opponents. Dempsey then moved to the college ranks, working as an assistant football coach at Bowling Green State University in 1971 and 1972. He coached the offensive line under head coach Don Nehlen.[1]

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