Joe Dempsey, the Head Basketball Coach at La Salle College High School, was named Coach Of The Year by The Philadelphia Inquirer. After graduating all five starters from last year's team, Dempsey's Explorers started four underclassman, none of which saw any significant playing time last year. The team managed to sneak into the PIAA Class AAAA Playoffs as the No. 3 seed from District 12 and surprisingly defeated the likes of Central, Conestoga, Cedar Crest, Lower Merion, and Chester before finally bowing to an undefeated New Castle team in the State Championship Game at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. The team finished with a record of 23-7 and ranked as the No. 3 team in the Philadelphia Area. Dempsey, who is in his 18th year as an English teacher at the school, is 144-114 in ten years as Head Coach of the Explorers.