UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department Sports History
Welcome to the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department's Sports History webpage. On this page you fill find collections of athletic records, accomplishments and career coaching records, dating to the beginning of the athletic programs on what is now the UMass Dartmouth campus. Following a rich tradition of athletic programs at Bradford Durfee Tech in Fall River and New Bedford Tech, the two departments were part of the merger of two insitutions which began in the early 1960's. The first combined athletic season at the Dartmouth campus was the 1966-67 season.
The purpose of this information is to help Corsair sports fans and student-athletes learn about the history of the sports teams and coaches at our institution from the past.
UMass Dartmouth All-America List
Click here for a complete list of student-athletes from UMass Dartmouth and its predecessor institutions who have achieved All-America status during their careers.
UMass Dartmouth All-Time Coaching Won-Loss Records
Click here for a complete list of the all-time career won-loss records for UMass Dartmouth and the predecessor schools on the Dartmouth campus, dating to the first season of competition in the Fall of 1966 and the Spring of 1967. The data base contains won-loss records for all of the head coaches who have sports which competed in individual competitions against other teams. Not all sports are represented in the data base if they did not have competitions which produced a result.
Corsair Century Club - 100 Career Coaching Victories
Click here for a list of all of the members of the Corsair Century Club, the head coaches who have earned 100-career victories during their tenure at UMass Dartmouth dating back to the 1966-67 season.
All-Time Team Won-Loss Records
Click here for the all-time won-loss records for each team at UMass Dartmouth dating to the first season in 1966-67. Only won-loss-tie results are included in this list. Multi-team events or invitational competitions where no results were recorded are not reflected in this list.
Athletic Department Sports History Timeline 1964-2012
1964 -SMTI President Joseph Leo Driscoll instructed Prof. John Greenhalgh (Bradford Durfee in Fall River, MA) and Prof. Fran Tripp (New Bedford Textile, New Bedford, MA) to continue progress on their respective athletic programs for the 1964-65 season. At the 6-21-64 SMTI Board of Trustees meeting, it was decided that the two separate intercollegiate athletic programs should be merged into a single program at the start of the 1965-66 season. New Bedford Textile Athletic Director and Textile Fran Tripp was instructed to work on proposals for the 1965-66 merged scheduled to have plans in operation for Sept. 1965.
1965 - At August '65 SMTI Board of Trustees meeting, board appointed Committee on Athletic Policy, Chairman William F. Long, Philip Assiran, Paul O. LaBelle, Joseph Dawson and Robert W. Nelson. Committee instructed to draft Statement on Athletic Policy.
1966-67 - First merged sports season at Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute (SMTI) with the following activities:
1. Basketball (Intercollegiate and Intramural)
2. Baseball (Intercollegiate)
3. Soccer (Intercollegiate)
4. Golf (Intercollegiate)
5. Fencing (Intercollegiate)
6. Tennis (Intercollegiate)
7. Track (Intercollegiate)
8. North-South Basketball Tournament
"Practices and games are to be equally divided between the sites in New Bedford and Fall River (or neutral sites in Dartmouth or Westport)," according to Athletic Department memorandum from Athletic Director Tripp.
1966 - Harold 'Mickey" Connolly named SMTI Athletic Director and Assistant Profesor Physical Education on July 4, 1966 at an annual salary of $12,000. Connolly succeeded Fran Trip who has served as Athletic Director at New Bedford Textile for 24 years. Professor in Charge of Textile Department Fran Tripp named Moderator of Athletics at SMU. The Athletic Department staff, housed at New Bedford Textile in downtown New Bedford, MA, consisted of bookeeper Beatrice Thomas and part-time worker Jimmy Thomas. SMTI Athletic teams compete regionally in the Southern New England Conference (SNEC), formerly known as the Southern New England Coast Conference (SNECC) and the Colonial Intercollegiate Conference in soccer. At the national level, SMTI belonged to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
1967 - SMTI adopts the Corsairs as its athletic symbol. In December of 1966 school officials announced Corsairs would be the new nickname. In early 1967, a campus wide student election is held but the results are not released. SMTI President Joseph Driscoll declared `Corsairs' as official school nickname. School colors are blue, white and gold. Varsity athletes to receive, "... large blue `M" with a gold border and the letters SMTI printed in white on the bases of the vertical legs of the M." School officials chose the letter M for the varsity letter, "Because of a reluctance of the administration to have SMTI associated with Bradford Durfee, New Bedford Tech and/or a Technical Institute, the use of the letters "T" and "I" by themselves was ruled out." according to a Sept. 22, 1967 Torch story.
SMTI men's tennis 1967 featuring Harold Bannister ('35, '68) (standing, far left) and Coach Gerry Aillery (standing, far right).
1967 - SMTI men's tennis team posted a perfect 12-0 season under Coach Gerry Aillery. At the NAIA Nationals, SMTI finishes 9th nationally. One year later, SMTI against goes 12-0 to win the NAIA District 32 and SNEC Championships. This time, SMTI placed 8th nationally at the 1968 NAIA Championship Tournament.
Coach Bob Dowd (standing far left) and his cross country team competed on the SMTI campus before the Tripp Center was opened. His teams used the Power Plant locker room and shower facilities as a temporary home.
1967 - SMTI men's cross country team competed in the first season on the new Dartmouth campus under Coach Robert Dowd. First varsity event on the new campus is a cross country meet in September of 1967. The Corsairs posted a 9-1-1 overall record and finished fourth in a field of 16 teams at the New England Championships in Gorham, ME. Group I building opens and houses first classes on the Dartmouth campus. Enrollment is 2,350.
1967 - SMTI men's golf team won three and lost four in first season of competition with Arnold Oliver as head coach.
1967 - SMTI Trustees accepted Statement of Athletic Policy, outlining operational details of how the Athletic Department functions. Established Council on Intercollegiate Athletics, comprising five faculty members and the Athletic Director, serving as chair and one student-athlete. The Committee reports to the faculty's Full Committee on Recognized Student Activities. The Statement also outlined administrative duties of the Athletic Director. Rules of eligibility are governed by NAIA, except minimum grade point average for athletes shall be established by Council of Academic Deans, in consultation with the Dean of the Faculty and the President.
1967 - Scrimshaw, the SMTI yearbook, publishes section on SMTI Athletics, "The administration and faculty approve and encourage a full program on intercollegiate and intramural athletics. Varsity teams include baseball, tennis, soccer, fencing, golf and track. SMTI is an active member of the NAIA and the SNECC. Future plans include varsity teams in football, wrestling and other sport activities."1968 - SMTI men's soccer team captured 1968 Colonial Intercollegiate Conference championship under Head Coach Arnold Oliver.
1968 - SMTI baseball team, Coached by John Regan, posts a 9-9 overall record and captured SNEC co-championship with Quinnipiac College.
Head Coach John Pacheco (front row center), a 2006 Corsair Hall of Fame inductee, was a player and coach for the Corsairs. He played for New Bedford Tech graduating in 1963, then returned to coach the SMTI and later SMU Corsairs from 1968-1972.
1969 - SMTI became Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU) at on-campus ceremony June 8, 1969.
1971 - SMTI men's soccer, under coach Ray Oliver, played first varsity games on campus, Sept 29, 1971 vs. Barrington College. Other playing fields were ready for varsity competition including baseball, tennis and outdoor track and field.
Bob Dowd coached both track and field along with cross country from 1967 until 1987 before taking over as SMU Athletic Director.
1971 - SMTI men's outdoor track and field team won the SNEC Championships for Head Coach Robert Dowd.
1972 - SMU joined the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
1974 - SMU men's tennis team competed in its first NAIA national post season tournament.
1974 - SMU baseball team finished 23-10 overall, second in NAIA District 32 South Tournament. Coach Bruce Wheeler named District 32 South Coach of the Year. Team captured SNEC championship, Roger Gaudreau and Steve Rezendes named District 32 South All-Stars.
The 1975 SMU baseball team was inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame in 1992.
1975 - SMU baseball, men's basketball and men's golf compete in NCAA national post season competition. SMU baseball player Joe Jason named to All-America team, first player to earn national honors in baseball
The 1975 SMU cross country team was inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame in 2001.
1975 - SMU cross country team competed in their first NCAA post season national tournament, finishing fifth in Division III.
1975 - SMU men's golf team made the first of three straight appearances in the NCAA national championships under direction of Head Coach John Barrett.
The 1976 men's soccer team from SMU was inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame in 1999. Head Coach John Barrett (far right, second row) was inducted in 2007.
1976 - After going 11-3-5 with its first ECAC Tournament berth in 1975, Coach John Barrett took SMU men's soccer to the first of two NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. The Corsairs were 12-2 in 1976 and improved to 13-2 under new Head Coach Philip Fortin and return to the NCAA Tournament.
1976 - SMU softball posted a 4-2 overall record under head coach Jackie Proulx in its first season of varsity competition.
SMU's men's basketball team posted a 17-9 won loss record and made the programs' first appearance in the NCAA Tournament The team was coached by Bruce Wheeler (standing, far right).
1977-78 - Judy Sullivan took over women's basketball head coaching job for 1977-78 season. Sullivan lead Corsairs to one MAIAW Tournament and two more EAIAW Tournaments. In 16 seasons, Sullivan posted a 200-166 won-loss record in women's' basketball.
1977 - SMU golfer David Downing named to NCAA Division III Golf All-America team after earning low medalist honors at NCAA Division III individual golf championship held at Colgate University's Seven Oaks Golf Course in Hamilton, NY. Downing shot 296 (71-76-76-73) to become first national champion in any sport. Downing had finished sixth at NCAA Division III championships in 1976. Coach John Barrett's Corsairs finish second in NCAA Division III team competition at 1,225, behind national champion California State College Stanislaus, the best finish ever by a New England area college in a national golf competition. SMU's Bob Hickman tied for 9th place at 304 (75-80-75-74) to earn All-America honors while teammate Bob Silva named Honorable Mention All-America.
1979 - SMU Gymnasium/Natatorium named in honor of former Coach, Athletic Director, Moderator of Athletics and Textile Science Professor Francis Tripp.
1983 - SMU ice hockey captured its first ECAC championship. Head Coach Alex Kogler's team had a 15-7 won-loss record for the 1982-83 season. SMU went on to win three consecutive SMU championships over the next three seasons.
1984 - At the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Diane Weeder became first SMU woman to win a national championship, capturing the 3,000 Meters.
1985 - SMU cross country runner Jim White captured the first of two straight NCAA Division III national cross country championships. White is also the 1986 NCAA Division III national champion at 10,000 meters.
1986 - SMU women's basketball team competed in its first Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) regional post-season tournament.
1986 - SMU joined the Little East Conference on April 28, 1986 as a playing conference for men's and women's basketball. Also joining the LEC are Eastern Connecticut State University, Plymouth State University (then known as Plymouth State College), Rhode Island College, the University of Massachusetts Boston and the University of Southern Maine. The LEC is recognized immediately by the NCAA.
1991 - SMU joined the University of Massachusetts system and changed name to UMass Dartmouth.
The 1992-93 Final Four team was inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame in 2004.
1992-93 - UMass Dartmouth men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four capping a 25-6 season. First appearance by SMU/UMass Dartmouth basketball team in national Division III finals. Stephen Haynes named National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III All-America for the first of two seasons. Also named following the 1993-94 season.
Long-time Cosair supporter John Frye was a 1971 SMU graduate and a 1995 Corsair Hall of Fame inductee.
2000 - Dedication ceremonies and opening ceremony held for new UMass Dartmouth Fitness Center built as an addition to the Tripp Athletic Center. The 13,100 square foot facility was built with state funds and includes a 5,000 square foot cardiovascular weight training room along with a 2,500 square foot aerobics and instructional fitness room.
2000 - Varsity sports field named in honor of former UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Peter H. Cressy.
2000 - UMass Dartmouth hosted Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association High School Super Bowl game for third straight year. Attendance at the Norwood vs. Whitman-Hanson brought largest crowd in the history of Cressy Field, estimated at more than 6,000 people.
The 2000-01 men's basketball team reached the Sweet 16 and were a Corsair Hall of Fame team 11 years later with the Class of 2012.
2001 - The UMass Dartmouth men's basketball team returned to the national stage of NCAA Division III basketball as Coach Brian Baptiste's team led the nation in victories following a 25-3 season. Ranked as high as #2 in some national polls, the Corsairs finished with a Little East Conference regular season and tournament championship. In the post season, the Corsairs added an impressive second round NCAA Tournament victory and a berth in the Sweet 16. The Corsairs were the top-ranked team in New England after defeating Salem State, 86-64, in an NCAA tournament game before Carthage College eliminated UMass Dartmouth from the tournament.
2002 - UMass Dartmouth men' s lacrosse finished 9-8 overall and competed in both the LEC Tournament and for the first time in the ECAC New England Division III Tournament.
2003 - Installation of artificial turf on Cressy Field by Northeast Turf is completed. First varsity contests are played on the new surface, a $1.9 million dollar project which included new field surface, fence, walkways and visiting bleachers opens in September of 2003.
during the Summer of 2003.
2003 - UMass Dartmouth defeated Worcester State in the Northeast ECAC Championship Bowl game played at Cressy Field on Nov. 22, 2003. Senior Shawn Theriault rushed for 217 yards on 43 carries and a touchdown to lead the Corsairs (9-2) to victory.
2004 - UMass Dartmouth women's swimming and diving team captures its first Little East Conference Women's Championships.
2005 - Track and field complex is renovated and hosts UMass Dartmouth Invitational and also New England Alliance/Little East Conference Track Championships.
2006 - New tennis court complex, including 10 new courts, constructed between Tripp Center and baseball field.
2006 - Louise Goodrum named Athletic Director after Robert Mullen announced his resignation from the position.
2007 - UMass Dartmouth ice hockey team ranked #6 nationally in
US College Hockey Online Poll at the end of the 2006-07 NCAA
Division III ice hockey season This is the highest national ranking
for Corsair hockey in the history of the program. Corsairs
lose to Middlebury for a second straight year in the hockey
quarterfinal round game.
2007 - Ian Day named Athletic Director.
2008 - First home night game at UMass
Dartmouth's Cressy Field was played on April 16, 2008. The game
produced a 19-0 Corsair victory over Emerson College in men's
2008 - Jon Garcia captures NCAA Div. III Indoor Championship at 55-meter hurdles for his third NCAA national championship and sixth Div. III All-America award. Garcia is the most honored UMass Dartmouth athlete in history, edging both Jim White and Tom Egan, who both have six All-America honors but only two national championships each, while Garcia has three.
2008 - UMass Dartmouth's women's tennis team captures the Little East Conference Tournament and earn their first trip to the NCAA Division III Championships. The Corsairs' 5-3 win over Bridgewater State gives the Corsairs a spot in the 2009 NCAA Tournament where UMass Dartmouth falls 4-0 to #18 Bowdoin. UMass Dartmouth caps the year with a 15-2 record.
2008 - Athletic Department unveils new Corsair logo. First official logo ever adopted by the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department. The logo was designed by Out of the Box Creative of New Bedford, MA and used for the first time during the 2008-09 season.
2009 -The UMass Dartmouth men's tennis team knocks off host Salem State, 5-2, to capture the LEC Tournament championship and earn a spot in the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship. The Corsairs win their NCAA Tournament debut with a 5-2 decision over Neumann before being eliminated by Williams, 5-0. The Corsairs finish the year 13-2. The 2009 NCAA Championships marks the first time both the men's and women's tennis teams appeared in the post season at the same time.
2009 - UMass Dartmouth earns its first trip to the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championships with a 3-2 overtime win at Keene State in the 2009 LEC Tournament. The Corsairs capture their first LEC Tournament championship in field hockey when Erica Allan scored the game-winner at 77:09 off a penalty corner. UMass Dartmouth falls to Middlebury 5-1 in the NCAA Tournament but finishes the season 15-7.
2010 - For the first time since 1977,
the UMass Dartmouth men's golf team will make an appearance in the
NCAA Division III Championships. UMass Dartmouth ran away with the
GNAC championships, winning by 16 strokes to earn a berth in the
2010 NCAA Tournament.
Louise Goodrum joined the Athletic Department as Head Athletic Trainer in 1998. She was named Associate Director and later served as interim Athletic Director in 2007.
2011 - Associate Director Louise
Goodrum passed away suddenly. She was 49 years old.
2012 - Dedication ceremony held for the opening of the Corsair Hall of Fame, located in the Tripp Center lobby.
In addition to the Corsair Hall of Fame on the second floor lobby, two meeting rooms were built overlooking the Tripp Center main court.
2012 - Corsair Hall of Fame holds its 25th anniversary by inducting the Class of 2012 on Homecoming Weekend. Plaque honoring the contributions of former SID Bill Gathright is dedicated inside the Corsair Hall of Fame.