by Jack Holleran, Little East Conference
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA –UMass Dartmouth Head Men's Basketball Coach Brian Baptiste is one of 11 members of the inaugural Little East Conference Hall of Fame class that will be inducted this fall.
The LEC recently announced the members of the inaugural class of the Little East Hall of Fame. The 11-member class is comprised of five athletic administrators, four former student-athletes, and two coaches. The inductees will be honored during a ceremony at the Providence Marriot Hotel on Saturday, October 27.
Baptiste and Gary Fifield of the University of Southern Maine will be inducted as the two coaches that helped position the Little East as a regional and national power in the sport of basketball.
The five athletic administrators include Al Bean of University of Southern Maine, John P. Clark of Plymouth State University, Richard Costello of the University of Southern Maine, Dr. William Moore, and Charlie Titus of the University of Massachusetts Boston. Bean, Costello and Moore each served as Commissioner of the Little East Conference, while Clark and Titus played integral roles in the formation of the conference.
The four former student-athletes include Alex Butler (1993-1997) of Rhode Island College, Allison Coleman (2000-2004) of Eastern Connecticut State University, Adam DeChristopher (1995-1999) of Plymouth State University, and Ashley Marble (2003-2007) of the University of Southern Maine.
In his 29 years on the bench, Baptiste has established the UMass Dartmouth men's basketball program as a perennial power in Division III. Baptiste has compiled a career record of 546-251, which ranks among the top-15 on the Division III men's basketball all-time wins list. He has led the Corsairs to 19 postseason appearances, including 13 berths in the NCAA Division III tournament. In 1993, UMass Dartmouth reached the NCAA Division III national semifinals finals in Buffalo, NY. The Corsairs were edged by Ohio Northern, and completed the program's most successful campaign ranked fourth. Baptiste guided UMass Dartmouth to the top of the Little East regular season standings 13 times, while capturing 11 conference championship titles. He was selected by his peers as the prestigious National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III Northeast Region Coach of the Year four times, while earning Little East Coach of the Year honors seven times.
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