Rey Dempsey was a college football coach at Youngstown State, Southern Illinois, and Memphis. From 1973 to 1974, he coached at Youngstown State, where he compiled a 12-8 record. From 1976 to 1983, he coached at Southern Illinois, where he compiled a 54-37 record. In 1983, his SIU team went 13-1, the best record in school history, winning a I-AA national championship. From 1984 to 1985, he coached at Memphis, where he compiled a 7-12-3 record.
Rey Dempsey was the 14th head football coach for the Southern Illinois Salukis in Carbondale, Illinois and he held that position for eight seasons, from 1976 until 1983. His overall coaching record at SIU was 54 wins, 37 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him second at SIU in terms of total wins and first at SIU in terms of winning percentage.
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