Saints announce new men’s basketball coach

NCCC’s Jerrad Dumont, left, coaches the Saints women’s basketball team during a game. After 13 years of leading the women’s basketball program, Dumont will take over as the Saints’ new head men’s basketball coach. (Provided photo)

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College athletic departments recently announced that Jerrad Dumont has been named the 13th head coach for the Saints men’s basketball program.

Dumont is no stranger to North Country’s athletic department, having spent the last 13 seasons at the helm of the women’s basketball program. Dumont resurrected the women’s team in 2008 and by 2011 the Saints were ranked in the National Junior College Athletic Association polls.

In the last three seasons — excluding the cancellation of the 2021 season due to the coronavirus pandemic — Dumont led the women’s team to three appearances in the NJCAA Division III National Tournament, and to a record of 78 wins and 12 losses. The Saints finished third in the nation in 2019 in their first NJCAA Tournament appearance. Dumont and the women’s team were in Rockford, Illinois in 2020 when COVID-19 shuttered all NJCAA and NCAA athletics for the remainder of the year. The Saints returned to nationals again in 2022 and finished fifth at the Division III Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dumont, a six-time Mountain Valley and a five-time NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year, hopes to bring the same success to the men’s program.

“I really hope to bring in quality student-athletes to the men’s program at North Country with the hopes of winning a regional championship,” Dumont said in a statement.

Dumont was a two-sport standout athlete for the Saints from 2003 to 2005. After earning his Associate’s Degree, he transferred to SUNY Plattsburgh where he was a two-year starter for the men’s basketball team.

Dumont’s leadership and hard work helped lead the Cardinals to two SUNYAC Championships and two national berths.

“I am so proud to have Jerrad lead a program as a legacy,” NCCC Athletic Director Chad LaDue said. “He recruits hard and holds his players accountable, which has been a key to his program being successful.”

Dumont and his wife Tiarra live in Saranac Lake with their three children; Kameron 9, Melia 5, and Grey, 3.


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