LYNDONVILLE— In 2005, Chris Dorsey enrolled at Lyndon State College to further his collegiate basketball career and pursue a degree in Exercise Science. While playing under coach Eric Berry, Dorsey and the rest of the 2005-06 Hornets finished at the top of the conference with a school-best 23-5 record. As a point guard, Dorsey averaged 20 points, 10 assists, and about five rebounds per game during the 2005-06 season.
“[Dorsey] is one of the most talented players I’ve ever had the luxury of coaching, “Berry said.
Even though he was only a Hornet for one season, Dorsey was named captain. “He was definitely looked up to by the other players because of his winning mentality,” Berry said.
According to Berry, when Dorsey was on the court, the opposing team had little chance to stop the offense. “One of the things [Eric] focused on was playing together as a team,” said Dorsey.
The 2005-06 season ended on a sour note, however, as the Hornets lost to Fisher College on their home court in the championship game, a feeling Dorsey said he would never forget. Now, Chris Dorsey serves as head coach for the Lyndon State’s Men’s Basketball team. His coaching career began at Lyndon in 2014. So far in his first three seasons, his Hornets have made it to the playoffs.
“I’m not surprised of how successful [Dorsey’s] been in the coaching fraternity,” Berry said. “I think he understands how to build a successful program."
This season, Dorsey and the Hornets are only one win away from reaching the championship game, after defeating Maine-Farmington 88-66. The last time they were in the semi-finals was Dorsey’s rookie season as head coach, where they were beat by Husson— the same team they face Friday afternoon.
“It’s very exciting just being in the playoffs,” Dorsey said. “Now, knowing that we’ve beat Husson once, the opportunity is there and I know we can do it.”
A win today would give Dorsey a second chance at a title, something he’s been waiting for at this school for twelve years. "As a coach, I would love to have a championship,” Dorsey said, “I’m really looking forward to this weekend.”
Today’s tip-off is set for 3 PM, following Castleton and Thomas’s semi-final game at 1 o’clock. If the Hornets win today, they play in the championship game tomorrow at 2 PM.