Ed Dempsey (Coach) is a native of Schenectady and a 1946 graduate of Mont Pleasant High School in which he participated in football and baseball. He played varsity football for two seasons and was co-captain both years. He scored the winning touchdown against arch-rival Nott Terrace in 1946 at Union College before a crowd of 7,500. He was also captain of his baseball team in his senior year leading the team in hitting.
Ed graduated from New Mexico Highlands University in 1951. He played football and started on the first baseball team in the school’s history. He continued his education with graduate courses taken at Cortland State, Ithaca College, and Oneonta State College.
His first teaching job was at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill School District where he taught math, social studies and coached football. In 1953 he joined the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School System beginning as a sixth grade teacher. Later he became a Physical Education teacher, working for 30 years, before retiring in 1988.
Ed coached Burnt Hills Football for 30 years from its very first year in 1955 through 1984 as the offensive and defensive line coach, plus the defensive coordinator. During this time, Burnt Hills won the Suburban Council Championship in 1968 and 1969 and the Gold Division for three straight years from 1982 to 1984. Throughout Ed’s career Brunt Hills won 131 football games.
Ed also coached baseball at Burnt Hills for 20 years with a record of 40 and 11 in this last three years. Ed Dempsey’s family include his wife Marie, his sons Jim and Mark, their wives Kathy and Stephanie, and his granddaughter Kate