Mark Robichaud is entering his fifth season as head football coach at UMass Dartmouth as the third coach in school history and the coach with the second longest tenure.
Robichaud succeeded long-time Head Coach Bill Kavanaugh four seasons ago. His teams have posted a 14-26 record during his first four seasons. The six wins in 2008 marked the Corsairs' highest victory total since they won seven games in 2004. This year, Robichaud is looking for continued improvement that will translate into success.
Robichaud joined the UMass Dartmouth staff after a long career as an assistant coach in the collegiate ranks, followed by a year as an assistant coach at Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth. Most of his staff has been on board since he started at UMD, which is a plus.
"We have a very good staff," said Robichaud. "We added a new coach this fall, but most of our staff is back. This will be the fifth year that they are together."
Prior to coaching at Stang, Robichaud spent nine years as an assistant at Shepherd College, an NCAA Division II power in West Virginia. A Springfield College graduate, Robichaud served two different stints as an assistant coach at his alma mater, sandwiched around a stint at Milford Academy. He then served as the inside linebackers coach at Wesleyan, and was the defensive coordinator while teaching physical education at the University of Chicago.
In 1992, he began his stint at Shepherd, where he served as defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and athletic-academic advisor. During his tenure, the Rams went 54-31, posted eight winning seasons, were the champions of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference five times, and advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs three times, twice reaching the second round. He served under Monte Cater, whose teams won 140 games in 20 seasons, ranking him as the all-time leader at Shepherd in both victories and conference championships with 10.
Robichaud served as an assistant at Brown during the spring of 2000. Since that time, he has assisted both at Portsmouth High School in Rhode Island and at Stang while teaching physical education at Westport Middle School.
"I'm very optimistic about the season, this has been our best opening of camp so far," said Robichaud. "Practices have been really good, there's a lot of enthusiasm, the team is starting to understand what we expect from them, and it's really been fun."
Robichaud and his wife, Tricia, have two children, Erik and Kara, and reside in Little Compton, RI. Erik is now in his fourth year at the United States Military Academy after graduating from Bishop Stang HS. Kara is a recent high school graduate.