The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) presented longtime UMass Boston head men’s basketball coach Charlie Titus with the Guardians of the Game Leadership Award during last week’s annual convention.
Titus, who closed out his 39th and final season at UMass Boston in February, became the first coach in Little East Conference history and just the fourth Division III head men’s basketball coach to receive the award. The leadership award is given to the NABC coach who provides moral and ethical leadership on issues affecting the game of basketball and society.
"Anytime someone is recognized by his peers that is so special. I am honored to be in the company of the illustrious past honorees and certainly proud of the work we have done here at UMass Boston. The award recognizes the work of all the assistant basketball coaches, past and present, as well as the efforts of our entire support staff. I am proud and fortunate to have worked with so many outstanding colleagues,” Titus said.
As the only head men’s basketball coach in the history of UMass Boston, Titus made it his goal to better all of his players both on and off the court. A leader in the community, Titus has been recognized by local and national organizations for his work as a leader and mentor in the sport of basketball. He has also traveled the globe as part of the YES with Africa program to help build a multiethnic, coeducational, sports and leadership development program.
Over the last four decades, Titus has coached hundreds of student athletes, and has played a major part in each of their lives. On the hardwood, Titus was the driving force behind the creation of the UMass Boston Department of Athletics. In the 1970s he started the first-ever club team, which would lay the foundation for UMass Boston’s acceptance into the NCAA. In 2006 he coached the Beacons to their first-ever Little East Conference basketball title.
"Basketball has been an integral part of my life for more years than I can remember. As a player, the sport motivated me to pursue other endeavors with passion and determination. It afforded me the opportunity to attend college as a student athlete and later gave me the ability to create opportunities for others and impact lives in a very special way,” Titus said.
Post-retirement, Titus continues to serve as vice chancellor for athletics and recreation, special projects and programs.