Centenary College announced in June of 2017 that Chris Dorsey has been named the 22nd head coach in the 94-year history of Gents basketball. Doresey will begin his third season with the Gents in 2019-20.
In 2019, despite starting the season 1-6, Centenary won 12-of-19 to end the season and finish third in the conference with a 12-6 record to make the SCAC Tournament for the 7th-straight season - currently the longest streak of tournament qualifications in the conference.
In his first season at the helm of Gents basketball, he helped Centenary finish second in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and returned to the Tournament Championship game for the first time in three years. Travion Kirkendoll (First Team) and Cedric Harris (Second Team) were both named to the All-Conference squad, while Kirkendoll grabbed All-Region honors from both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and D3Hoops.com and third team All-Louisiana from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). In his final game of the season in the SCAC Championship Game, Kirkendoll broke the conference scoring record.
The Gents improved dramatically on the defensive end for 2017-18. Prior to Dorsey's arrival, Centenary finished last in the conference in defensive scoring, allowing 82.5 points per game. This past year, the Gents finished third in the conference, allowing only 73.7 points per game.
Dorsey came to Shreveport after spending three seasons at his alma mater, NCAA Division III Lyndon State in Vermont. From 2014-2017, Dorsey led the Hornets to an overall record of 33-45 and a 29-27 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) mark. During that time, he mentored three all-conference honorees and the 2015-16 NAC Rookie of the Year while guiding Lyndon State to three NAC Tournament berths and two semifinal appearances.
Under Dorsey’s tutelage, Lyndon State rose from the middle of the NAC to one of the best defensive teams in the conference, leading the conference in defensive three-point percentage and finished second in both points allowed and turnovers forced. Prior to his arrival, the Hornets ranked eighth in the NAC in points allowed, fourth in miscues forced, and sixth in defensive three-point percentage.
Prior to his stint at his alma mater, Dorsey spent 2012-13 as an associate head women’s basketball coach at the University of Virginia at Wise. He completely installed the offensive system for that season, as the Cavaliers averaged 78 points per game. Dorsey also designed the recruiting plan that saw UVA-Wise sign nine student-athletes.
After his graduation from Lyndon State, Dorsey spent four seasons as both the assistant men’s basketball coach and the strength and conditioning coach at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire. During his first season, he helped the Eagles improve 11 wins to finish with an 18-10 record, the best in the program’s history. Daniel Webster also advanced to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference New England Basketball Tournament for the first time in school history.
In his time playing for the Hornets, Dorsey served as co-captain of the 2004-05 squad. That season, he helped Lyndon State post the best record in the history of the institution at 23-5. Dorsey was also named Lyndon State’s Male Athlete of the Year that same season after leading the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio and assists per game (8.4).
Dorsey graduated with a bachelor’s in exercise science from Lyndon State in 2007 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in athletic leadership from Castleton.