Oct. 8, 2009
KINGSTON, RI - University of Massachusetts Boston Head Men's Basketball Coach Charlie Titus (Roxbury, MA) will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on October 9, 2009. The electees were voted in by a 32-member Hall of Fame committee comprised from the six New England States and an At-Large contingent. The ceremony will take place at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT from 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Titus will be one of just five NCAA Division III college coaches inducted into this year's class comprising of players, coaches, referees, teams, administrators and contributors from the high school, college and semiprofessional levels of the sport.
Currently the institution's Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Programs and Projects, Titus first arrived at UMass Boston 35 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 UMass Boston'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 267 victories in 27 seasons in addition to a 74-37 mark in six years at the club-varsity level to give him nearly 350 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. 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.
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 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 eight summers in West Africa to promote and teach the game of basketball.
In 1999 the former standout at Saint Michael's College was inducted into the institution's Athletic Hall of Fame and was recently enshrined into UMass Boston's Hall of Fame in 2005. 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 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.