The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has chosen UMass Boston’s Charlie Titus as one of the 28 winners of its Under Armour AD of the Year Award.
This is the first time Titus, who currently serves as the vice chancellor of athletics and recreation, special projects and programs, has been selected for this award. The first athletic director in UMass Boston’s history, Titus has overseen tremendous growth in the department’s 30-plus years of existence.
“It is an honor to be recognized by my peers. However, I believe that this honor validates all the hard work of every member of our division as well as many of my great colleagues at UMass Boston,” Titus said. “It recognizes the accomplishments of the Division of Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Programs.”
The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, IIII, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). Titus was one of four athletic directors selected from the NCAA Division III ranks.
This year’s winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 17 at NACDA’s 50th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriot Resort in Orlando, Fla.
“Charlie Titus continues to distinguish himself, the entire athletic department, and the University of Massachusetts Boston family through hard earned success. The university succeeds because of our commitment and dedication to our students’ success and this is most exemplified in Charlie earning the AD of the Year award,” UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley said.
One of the most respected names in Division III athletics, Titus has served on various committees throughout his tenure. He also played a major role in the creation of the Little East Conference, which to this day remains as one of the top Division III basketball conferences in the nation.
In 2005, Titus was named the recipient of the General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award from the All-American Football Foundation. He has also been honored by the NCAA with its Diversity in Athletics Award, Gender Diversity Award, Racial Diversity Award, and Excellence in Diversity Award.
A leader in the community, Titus has worked with countless groups to help enhance the city of Boston. He has also laid the groundwork to help others on an international level, serving as founder and continuing as a liaison for the YES with Africa project. Titus has earned multiple honors over the years, including the prestigious “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders of Greater Boston” Award.