Titus is 71st Division III Coach to Reach Milestone
The UMass Boston Beacons were down by 13 points in the first half on Friday against the College of St. Joseph, and the situation looked bleak—until a group of fresh faces stepped up to give a much-needed boost to a seasoned veteran.
The youthful men’s basketball team (3-2) turned in a true team effort, notching a 84-68 comeback win and earning Head Coach Charlie Titus his 300th career victory at the varsity level.
“We played everybody tonight, but we also played 12 people in meaningful minutes,” Titus said. “That’s pretty good.”
With the win, Titus became the 71st Division III men's basketball coach to reach the milestone. But he downplayed the significance of No. 300, giving the credit to his group of young players.
“It means I’ve been around a long time,” Titus said. “The game was satisfying because I think while we have a young group this year, we have a bunch of guys who we hadn’t planned on playing a lot this year. They’re just doing a great job.”
Titus, who is also UMass Boston’s vice chancellor for athletics and recreation, special programs and projects, is the only men's basketball coach the Beacons have ever known. He has led the program since it played at the club level in the mid-70s.
A member of UMass Boston’s Hall of Fame, last year he was inducted into the Little East Conference Hall of Fame. Titus is considered one of the founding fathers of the Little East Conference—he commissioned the first organizational meeting to establish the conference in September 1984 at UMass Boston.
Titus will go for win No. 301 on Tuesday at home against MIT.
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