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Coach Profile: Charlie Titus

One of the most respected names in college athletics in the Northeast, Charlie Titus begins his 30th year as the head men’s basketball coach at UMass Boston in the 2005-2006 season.

Titus has overseen the Beacon basketball program from its days as a club-varsity sport in 1974. He took one-year leaves of absence from his coaching duties in 1980, upon being named UMass Boston’s director of athletics, and returned to the hardwood in 1981 for the Beacons’ second season at the varsity level, and in 2004 when he assumed duties as Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and was recently named Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation. He earned his 300th combined club and varsity victory in the 2002-03 season, and now owns a career mark of 307-390.

Titus wasted little time in bringing UMass Boston to the national spotlight once the program assumed full varsity status. In just his second year at the varsity level, Titus led the Beacons to a 19-9 record and a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Titus and UMass Boston returned to the post-season in the 1996-97 season as the Beacons tied a school record for wins and reached the championship game of the ECAC New England tournament, upsetting top-seeded Bowdoin in the process. Titus was named Little East Conference Coach of the Year in that season, in which UMass Boston narrowly missed out on a return to the NCAA tournament.

Titus was instrumental in the formation and development of the Little East Conference, which has evolved into one of the nation’s premier basketball alliances at the Division III level. He also served as chairman of the ECAC New England Division III tournament Committee and has been a member of the NCAA Division III tournament committee.

Not only active in the development of his players, Titus also has seen a number of his past assistant coaches move on to top basketball programs including UMass Amherst, Northeastern, University of New Hampshire, Boston University, Delaware, St. Michael’s, Union, Genessee Community College, North Shore Community College, as well as South Boston, Boston Technical, Burke, O’Bryant and Madison Park at the high school level.

A high school standout in basketball at Boston Technical, Titus went on to play for three years at St. Michael’s College before graduating in 1972. He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Michael’s as well as the Urban College of Boston.

Titus currently lives in Roxbury, MA, with his wife, Paula, and two children, Andre and Ciaren.