Coming into her 16th year at Hiram College, Ellen Dempsey will enter her fifth as the Director of Athletics. She has served in an administrative capacity since 2004 and was named the College’s Athletic Director in 2012.
During her time as the Director of Athletics for the Terriers, Dempsey has not only reshaped the Hiram athletics landscape, but she has also spearheaded or had a hand in multiple renovations to both facilities and curriculum on Hiram’s Campus.
Recently, the campus has seen steady improvements to multiple facilities, including upgrades to Henry Field, Price Gymnasium, the Alumni Memorial Pool and the Bill Belichick Olympic Lifting Center; all of which have come with her at the helm.
In addition to the upgrades in playing surfaces and facilities, Dempsey was also the co-author of the proposal to add a major for Integrated Exercise Science, which begins as a full part of the curriculum in the fall of 2017.
Dempsey has been at the forefront in adding new opportunities for college athletes, as well. She proposed and facilitated the addition of Men’s Volleyball, which will play its first full season as a varsity sport in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) during the 2017-18 season. She also proposed the addition of Women’s Cheer and Stunt.
Her day-to-day consists of the oversight, management and administration of a 35-member department, including full and part-time coaches, interns and support staff. She also serves as the College’s compliance director and the Senior Women’s Administrator.
Throughout her career, Dempsey has lent her talents to National associations, which included serving as the chair of the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Committee in 2016-17. She has also been an active member of the committee since 2011.
In addition, she has served on the NCAC/NCAA Student-Athlete Welfare Grant committee (since 2013) and is the administrative liaison to the North Coast Athletic Conference (since 2008). On Hiram’s campus, she continues to serve the College on both the Executive Steering and Strategic Planning committees.
Prior to being named the Director of Athletics, Dempsey spent 11 seasons as the head women’s volleyball coach. She still remains the all-time winningest coach in school history, having amassed a record of 267-113 (.703). She guided the Terriers to 11 NCAC Tournament appearances, four berths in the NCAA National Tournament, and a conference title in 2006.
Overall in 19 seasons of coaching (including five seasons at Division I Ohio University), Dempsey owns a career record of 457-271 (.628).
Dempsey graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources in 1986 and earned a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Northern Michigan University in 1988.