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Charlie Titus wins 300th game as head coach

Coach Titus with the 2013-14 Beacons

He has been enshrined into his alma mater, St. Michael’s Hall of Fame, the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, the University of Massachusetts Boston Hall of Fame, and the Little East Conference Hall of Fame. He has earned a reputation as being one the most highly-respected head basketball coaches around New England.

He has brought two teams (the ’82-83 and the Little East Conference Champion ’05-’06 teams) to the NCAA Tournament and was named Little East Conference Coach of the Year as well as National Association of Basketball Coaches Northeast Regional Coach of the Year in 2006. He has coached several outstanding players, and has had many assistants who served under him go on to become successful coaches at a variety of colleges and high schools.

He has served on the ECAC New England Division III and the NCAA Division III tournament committees, as well as the Division III membership and ECAC Basketball Officiating committee. His tireless contributions to the Boston community have earned him numerous awards and, as the university’s Vice Chancellor, has made significant contributions to UMass Boston Athletics and to the entire school in general.
Now Mr. Charlie Titus can add another accomplishment to his already decorated past: his 300th victory as a head coach. On Nov. 29, the Beacons came back from being down 13 at half-time to defeat the College of St. Joseph’s 84-68 in the first round of the 29th UMass Boston Harbor Invitational at Clark Athletic Center to give Titus the milestone victory. 
“Three hundred is a lot of wins,” Titus spoke of the milestone. “It is something I am proud of because, in my mind, it speaks to longevity; something you don’t see much of in the coaching profession.” What makes this achievement so impressive is that Titus has won all 300 of his games with the Beacons.

Now in his 38th season, Titus has been with UMass Boston throughout his coaching career, beginning in the ’70s when basketball was still just a club sport. From that point on, the basketball program has grown into a solid, stable varsity team. Titus said, “when I started, we did not have a basketball program. So the growth has been tremendous with a number of ups and downs that come with growth and change.”

Coach Titus was also very quick to acknowledge those who have helped him along the way. “My family has been key in supporting my work over the entire 38 years,” he said. “There have been many others including 11 assistants, over 200 student athletes, and a large number of support staff in athletics.”

However, there is one person in particular who Titus owes the most gratitude towards: his assistant and late friend Rodney Hughes. “Rodney Hughes, my longtime assistant, was critical in all the success we had,” Titus said. “Unfortunately, we lost Rod last spring to a longtime illness.”

Many of those former players and coaches (including a few former opponents) reached out to Titus to congratulate him on his 300th win. Titus said, “I have heard from a large number of former players and interestingly a number of former player opponents. I have also received notes from many coaching colleagues.”

For Coach Titus, there was nowhere he would have wanted to win his 300th game other than right here in his home city, on the home court of the school that he has spent many of his years trying to be, as he put it, “a great teacher of the game of basketball.”

As Titus stated, “I am a Boston guy, born and raised. While I have had many opportunities to move elsewhere over the years, I just have a love for this university and the type of students we have the opportunity to work with and the outstanding, committed staff and faculty who are my colleagues.”

Thanks to Titus’ hard work and dedication, UMass Boston Athletics has grown tremendously over the past several years. “I wanted to build a basketball and sports program for UMass Boston that was respected and successful,” Titus said. “I do think we have had great success in achieving our modest goals.”