Charlie Titus
Charlie Titus

Charlie Titus is UMass Boston athletics, period. Currently theinstitution's Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation andSpecial Programs, Titus first arrived at UMass Boston almost 40years ago as the school's basketball coach when the squad was aclub-varsity team. He took a break from coaching in 1980 toconcentrate his efforts as UMB's first Director of Athletics, atitle he would embrace for 30 years prior to his currentappointment within the University. Titus returned to the hardwoodfor the 1981-82 season and coached the Beacons to 233 victories in29 seasons in addition to a 74-37 mark in six years at theclub-varsity level to give him over 300 wins. The mentor guidedUMass Boston to a 19-9 record in 1982-83 and its first ever NCAAtournament berth. The Beacons followed that campaign withconsecutive 17-10 showings and back-to-back ECAC tournamentappearances.

Titus would lead UMass Boston to a 19-11 mark in 1996-1997 and areturn to the ECAC tournament final as well. While his career as acoach at UMass Boston has earned him great respect and admirationin basketball circles, it has been his leadership as an athleticdirector and a figure within the NCAA and city community that hascome to define Titus. He was instrumental in the formation anddevelopment of the Little East Conference, which has evolved intoone of the nation's premier basketball alliances at the DivisionIII level, served as chairman of the ECAC New England Division IIITournament Committee and has been a member of the NCAA Division IIItournament committee. In addition to his commitment to basketballand UMass Boston as a coach and administrator, Titus tirelesslydirects his energy into the Boston community.

Still active with youth programs, Titus serves on the board ofdirectors for several organizations, including the Bay State Gamesas well as the Boston Public School Sports Partnership and over thepast two decades UMB athletics has received national recognitionwith numerous community service awards. In past years, Titus servedon a pair of the Governor's Advisory Committees as well as theRoxbury Community College Advisory Board and the Boston PublicSchools Athletic Advisory Committee. He serves as the AssociateCommissioner for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and isa board member of the Boston Celtics Community Advisory Panel aswell. In addition, Titus' efforts as UMass Boston's director ofathletics have yielded numerous awards from the local community. Hehas been recognized as a member of the Ten Outstanding YoungLeaders of Greater Boston and accepted the Judge Harry Elam Awardand the Boston Parks and Recreation Award, all honoring his serviceto youth in Boston.  In 2012 he earned a spot in the inaguralLittle East Conference Hall of Fame class for his countlesscontributions to the Little East and Division III Athletics.