After 40 Years, Charlie Titus to Retire from Coaching at End of Basketball Season

Office of Communications | November 25, 2014
Charlie Titus is the only men's basketball coach the UMass Boston Beacons have ever known.

Charlie Titus is the only men's basketball coach the UMass Boston Beacons have ever known.
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Charlie Titus Has Been With the Beacons Since 1974

After nearly four decades at the helm of the University of Massachusetts Boston men’s basketball program, Head Coach Charlie Titus has announced that the 2014–15 season will be his last on the Beacons bench.

“It has been a magnificent run and my life has been constantly enriched by the many players I have had an opportunity to coach, watch grow, and build relationships with,” said Titus, who will continue as Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Programs.

The founder of UMass Boston athletics, Titus became the coach of the university’s club team in 1974, laying the foundation for the current athletics department. After six seasons with the club team, Titus led the way to make the Beacons a NCAA varsity program in 1980. That July, he was appointed the university’s first-ever athletic director, a title he would hold for more than 20 years before becoming a vice chancellor. 

Titus is a member of UMass Boston’s Hall of Fame and the Little East Conference Hall of Fame; last year, he joined the 300-win club. This year he has led the Beacons to their first 3-0 start since the 1997-98 campaign.

Even with all his accolades on the hardwood, Titus believes that what his teams did in the community is just as important. Over the last 25 years, Beacons hoops teams have brought cheer and happiness to countless children during holiday visits to Boston Medical Center. In 1999, Titus received the National Association of Basketball Coaches Outstanding Service award for his many contributions to the sport of basketball and to the city of Boston.

“Charlie’s legacy is both wide-ranging and deep, touching generations of youth who grew under his leadership from boys, to student-athletes, to men and then to leaders,” said Chancellor J. Keith Motley. “He was the perfect basketball coach for Boston’s public university.”  

A national search for Titus’ replacement as coach will begin following the 2014-2015 basketball season.

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