Charlie Titus
Charlie Titus

Charlie Titus is UMass Boston athletics, period. Currently the institution's Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and Special Programs, Titus first arrived at UMass Boston almost 40 years ago as the school's basketball coach when the squad was a club-varsity team. He took a break from coaching in 1980 to concentrate his efforts as UMB's first Director of Athletics, a title he would embrace for 30 years prior to his current appointment within the University. Titus returned to the hardwood for the 1981-82 season and coached the Beacons to 233 victories in 29 seasons in addition to a 74-37 mark in six years at the club-varsity level to give him over 300 wins. The mentor guided UMass Boston to a 19-9 record in 1982-83 and its first ever NCAA tournament berth. The Beacons followed that campaign with consecutive 17-10 showings and back-to-back ECAC tournament appearances.

Titus would lead UMass Boston to a 19-11 mark in 1996-1997 and a return to the ECAC tournament final as well. While his career as a coach at UMass Boston has earned him great respect and admiration in basketball circles, it has been his leadership as an athletic director and a figure within the NCAA and city community that has come to define Titus. He 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, served as chairman of the ECAC New England Division III Tournament Committee and has been a member of the NCAA Division III tournament committee. In addition to his commitment to basketball and UMass Boston as a coach and administrator, Titus tirelessly directs his energy into the Boston community.

Still active with youth programs, Titus serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Bay State Games as well as the Boston Public School Sports Partnership and over the past two decades UMB athletics has received national recognition with numerous community service awards. In past years, Titus served on a pair of the Governor's Advisory Committees as well as the Roxbury Community College Advisory Board and the Boston Public Schools Athletic Advisory Committee. He serves as the Associate Commissioner for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and is a board member of the Boston Celtics Community Advisory Panel as well. In addition, Titus' efforts as UMass Boston's director of athletics have yielded numerous awards from the local community. He has been recognized as a member of the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders of Greater Boston and accepted the Judge Harry Elam Award and the Boston Parks and Recreation Award, all honoring his service to youth in Boston.  In 2012 he earned a spot in the inagural Little East Conference Hall of Fame class for his countless contributions to the Little East and Division III Athletics.