Joseph DempseyHead Varsity CoachCoach Dempsey begins his 12th season as the head coach of the Explorers' program. Dempsey has led the Explorers to nine consecutive Catholic League playoff berths and four PIAA state playoff bids. The Explorers achieved back-to-back 20 win-seasons and finished last year with a mark of 21-6.
In his time at La Salle, Dempsey has built the La Salle program into a consistent force in the Philadelphia Catholic League, and in the state of Pennsylvania. Last year’s Explorers finished fifth in the state after losing by 1 to Lancaster McCaskey in the state quarter-finals. Four Catholic League semi-final appearances, four state playoff bids, two quarter final appearances, one semi-final appearance, and four twenty- win seasons in the last six seasons, highlight Dempsey's tenure at La Salle.
Although the La Salle program has enjoyed its share of success in recent years on the court, Coach Demps is equally as proud of his player's accomplishments off the court. "We've had guys that have become Kairos Retreat leaders, guys get full academic scholarships to college, and guys become really involved in lots of service opportunities," Dempsey explains. "I want to win every game we play, but in all seriousness, those things are every bit as important to me. Even more so."
"It's really gratifying to see kids mature and become men. Basketball is a big part of their experience at our school. You put so much into it and sometimes it hurts when the seniors graduate," the coach remarks.
The 2010 Catholic League Coach of the Year, and 2014 Philadelphia Inquirer Coach of the Year, Dempsey loves staying in touch with his former players. A constant texter and tweeter, Dempsey maintains many close relationships with dozens of his former ballers. "I love hearing what they're up to," the coach boasts. “I love when they come back to talk to our players, and I love seeing them grow into great men in their families and their community. Getting invited to a wedding or a Christening means a great deal to me. That tells me that even after I’ve coached them hard for four years, they know their experience in our program has contributed to their growth as a person.”
Joe and his wife Liz live in Blue Bell, Montgomery County, PA with their daughter, Lauren, and son, Joey. Having children of his own only reinforces his philosophy that, “Basketball is just a means to learn some of those important life lessons that we all need – how to work hard, how to deal with defeat, how to become a self-disciplined individual, and especially how to balance school work with a great extra-curricular experience.”
He pointed out that, “We play a demanding schedule every single year. There is not an easy game on our schedule. Our guys are challenged on the court and in the classroom.”
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William DonohoeAssistant Varsity CoachLa Salle College High School is truly in Coach Donohoe’s blood. Both his father and grandfather were graduates of the school. During Bill’s time as a student at La Salle he not only played basketball for legendary coach Marty Jackson for two years, but managed the squad for another two years while playing a full four years of football and baseball. As if three sports were not enough, he matched that number in music where he found time to play sax, clarinet, and flute in the band. In his senior year, these talents earned him a place in the All-Catholic Band.
After graduation, he attended Albright College where he played JV basketball for a year and baseball for two years before graduating with his B.A. in History in 2000. His schooling did not stop with his undergraduate degree. He received an M.A. in Education from La Salle University in 2005 and they awarded another in History in 2008.
He has taught freshmen and sophomore history and AP World History at La Salle and continues to coach basketball, football and baseball. He was formerly the Explorers JV head basketball coach for eleven years, finishing with a record of 170-55 and a winning percentage of .756.
Exton is home for Coach Donohoe, his wife Ellen, and his seven year old daughter Maureen and two year old son Charlie.
Ben CampettiAssistant Varsity Coach
Ben Campetti graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School and received an M.B.A. from St. Joseph's University. He is entering his 20th season on the high school level and 30th overall. Coach Campetti spent the lnine years as the head coach at Conestoga High School, where he compiled a 141-92 record including a 111-51 record in Central League play and a league title.
His 2002 team advanced to the PIAA District 1 quarterfinals and in 2005 reached the 2nd round of the PIAA State Championships. Coach Campetti was named Central League Coach of the year in both 1998 and 2002.
Prior to his tenure at Conestoga, Coach Campetti served along with Coach Dempsey as an assistant at Carroll from 1989 to 1991. Following Carroll, he was an assistant at Academy Park High School from 1991 to 1994. He helped the team win seven PIAA State playoff games, as well as a District 1 title. A Paoli resident, Coach Campetti is also a financial advisor for a Wall Street Investment Firm.
Tim HueberAssistant Varsity Coach
Assistant Varsity Coach at LaSalle, he has been coaching for basketball for 17 years. Before coming to LaSalle he coached at Chestnut Hill Academy as well as North Catholic High School. During his tenure, as one of the assistants, at LaSalle his favorite memory is making it to Hersey for the State Playoff game in 2014. He attended Saint Leo University in Florida and Spring Garden College which is located in Philadelphia. Coach Huber is married and has two kids, his son (Mark) plays basketball at Immaculata University and his daughter (Ellen) attends Little Flower School. Other than being an assistant for the Explorer’s, Coach Hubert works as a Temple University Police Officer.
James SheedyAssistant Varsity Coach
Jim Sheedy, an Assistant Basketball Coach for the Varsity Basketball Team at La Salle College High School, has made athletics an important part of his life. After playing football at Syracuse University, Coach Sheedy began coaching basketballand has been doing so at various levels since 1988. From 1988 to 1993, Sheedy served as an Assistant Coach for Archbishop Kennedy High School at both the varsity and junior varsity levels. In addition to his assistant coaching duties, Sheedy also served as the Head Freshman Basketball Coach in 1989 at Archbishop Kennedy High School . He then left Archbishop Kennedy’s coaching staff and joined the Basketball Program at Saint Katherine's. Sheedy served as an assistant coach for the seventh and eighth grade basketball team at Saint Katherine's through the 1994-1995 season. After that season, Coach Sheedy became the Co-Head Coach of Perkiomen School's Basketball Team, and rose to the position of Head Basketball Coach in 1998. During his tenure as Head Coach of Perkiomen School , he led the Basketball Program to a 72-22 record and consecutive championships in the Keystone League in 2001 and 2002.
In addition to his duties as a Basketball Coach, Sheedy works as the Assistant Director of Sports and Recreation in Conshohocken. Coach Sheedy and his wife Anne Marie are the proud parents of Cara Anne, five years old, and Mikayla, a year and a half.
Alex BrownAssistant Varsity Head/Head JV Coach
Jumping right into the fire, Coach Brown began his coaching career in the highly competitive DC area where he coached at Woodrow Wilson High School after his graduation with a B.A. from Georgetown. While at Wilson, he coached both basketball and baseball for nine years – three of them as head coach. During those three years, three of his players picked up full scholarships to Division 1 schools. Averaging one of these a year is a feat that eludes most coaches, but Alex did it in his first three years at the helm.
During his time as head coach of the Freshmen Explorers, he racked up a 96-13 record which is all the more remarkable when one recalls that a freshmen coach never has any carryover players from the previous year. His .881 winning percentage would be the envy of any coach in any sport on any level.
Coach Brown is incredibly excited to be taking over the reins of the JV team at La Salle. He hopes to carry over his success at the freshman level, while maintaining a commitment to developing the basketball skills of his players.
Residing in Jenkintown, Alex and his wife Leanne are the proud parents of Emma and Lana.