One of the most respected names in college athletics in the Northeast, Charlie Titus will enter his 39th season as head men's basketball coach at UMass Boston in 2014-15.
During his time in Boston, Titus has worked tirelessly on making sure his players succeed both on and off the court. Their involvement in the community has been recognized by multiple organizations both in the city of Boston and throughout the country.
The 2013-14 campaign saw Titus mentor the program's first D3Hoops.com All-Region honoree in Carl Joseph. Joseph would also garner Little East Conference First Team and All-Defensive Team honors. Titus also earned his 300th career victory as a varsity head coach just four games into the season. He now statnds as the only coach in UMass Boston history to earn 300 or more wins in a career.
In the 2011-12 campaign, Titus mentored a very talented group of freshmen which set a Little East Conference record for most players to earn Rookie of the Week honors. At the end of the season, Titus added another program first to his resume with the naming of Vinny DeLucia as the D3Hoops.com Northeast Region Rookie of the Year.
Following a year away from the sideline, Titus came back to lead UMass Boston to its first Little East Conference championship in 2005-06 to earn an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament for the second time in school history. The Beacons' win total of 18 was their second-highest in the program's history and for his efforts, Titus was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches Northeast Region Coach of the Year to go along with the Little East Conference Coach of the Year honor he had received weeks earlier.
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 named Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation soon after that. He earned his 300th combined club and varsity victory in the 2002-03 season.
The UMB mentor 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.
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. 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, Hartwick, Ben Franklin Institute, Genessee Community College, North Shore Community College, as well as South Boston, Boston Technical, Burke, O'Bryant, Weymouth, Hull, East Boston, Boston College High and Madison Park at the high school level.
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.
Titus is also active within the NCAA as a member of the Division III Membership committee and serves as the Chairman of the ECAC Basketball Officiating committee.
In past years, Titus served on a pair of the Governors Advisory Committees as well as the Roxbury Community College Advisory Board and has also assumed the role of Associate Commissioner for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. In the summer of 1997, Titus visited Niamey, Niger, on the western coast of Africa, as part of Niamey Hoops, an international basketball clinic for players and coaches and has been an integral part of the YES Africa project over the past five summers in West Africa to promote and teach the game of basketball.
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.
Titus was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame this past October. It wasn't the first time he was recognized for his athletic success, having been elected to the Saint Michael's College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999, where he was a standout player and was also enshrined into UMass Boston's Hall of Fame in 2005.
Most recently he became one of the inaugural members of the Little East Conference Hall of Fame, for his role in developing what some consider one of the top Division III basketball conferences in the country. In 2002, Titus was appointed to the selection committee for the newly created New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
A high school standout in basketball at Boston Technical, Titus went on to play for three years at Saint 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 lives in Roxbury, MA, with his wife, Paula, and two children, Andre and Ciaren.