Hartley’s Dempsey gets 300th win as coach
Scott Dempsey earned his 300th career coaching victory when the Hartley High School girls soccer team defeated Centennial 9-0 in its opener Aug. 21.
After successful tenures with the Hilliard Davidson boys and Bexley girls programs, Dempsey is in his second season as the Hawks’ coach. He had a career record of 300-90-40 before Hartley played Columbus Academy on Aug. 25.
“I was getting text messages all night after the (Centennial) game,” Dempsey said. “It was pretty cool.”
Dempsey coached the Davidson boys team from 1991-97. He led the Wildcats to a state semifinal appearance in 1996.
In 13 seasons at Bexley, Dempsey’s teams went 224-36-24 and won 10 league, 11 district and eight regional titles. In 2009, Bexley lost 2-1 to Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown in the Division II state championship game but later was awarded the title after it was determined the Lions’ opponent used an ineligible player.
Last season, Hartley was 10-6-2.
“To get 300 wins speaks to longevity and that I’ve been fortunate enough to have good teams for a long time,” Dempsey said.