Since 1983, Brian Baptiste has directed one of thepremiermen’s basketball programs in the nation. He has led UMass Dartmouth to the NCAA Division III National Semifinals, two appearances in the Regional Semifinals and one ECAC New England Championship in his 18 postseason berths.
Under his watchful eye, the Corsairs have posted a record of 580-236. Entering his 33rd year on the bench, Baptiste is ranked seventh among active Division III coaches in victories,while 14th on the all-time list.
UMass Dartmouth is the most successful men’s program in the Little East Conference since its inception in 1986-87. The Corsairs sport a .663 winning percentage, 13 Little EastConference regular-season titles, and 11 tournament championships.
Under Baptiste’s supervision, the men’sbasketball program has registered 27 winning seasons. In 2007-08, UMassDartmouth opened the season with a 20-game winning streak en route to a 25-4 overall record. Ranked as high as second in Division III, UMass Dartmouth captured the Little East Conference regular-season championship and advanced to the second round of the Division III NCAA tournament.
The finest season in the program’s history came in 1992-93, when the Corsairs advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four. In four appearances in the finals of the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional, UMass Dartmouth captured two titles (1986,1992).
Baptiste registered his most decorated year back in 2000-01, when he guided the program to a 25-3 record, which were the most wins among Division III teams for that particular year. He was named the Little East Conference Coach of the Year and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Northeast District Coach of the Year. UMass Dartmouth was crowned the regular season and tournament champions and advanced to the “Sweet 16” of the Division III NCAA tournament.
Earning recognition from his peers, Baptiste was formerly the chair of the Northeast Division III Men’s Basketball Selecion Committee. Currently, he represents the Little East Conference as a National Association of Basketball Coaches Congressman and is a member of the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee.
A 1976 graduate of American International, Baptiste enjoyed an outstanding collegiate playing career following his graduation from New Bedford High School. Currently, he resides in Dartmouth,Mass. with his wife, Kathryn Russo. The couple have four daughters:Jeana(31), Alaina (30), Erica (25) and Rachael (22).
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