Nick Correia has always enjoyed sports and working with young athletes. He rejoins the staff at UMass Dartmoiuth this season as an assistant coach.
Correia began his coaching career when he hung out with his uncle, former New Bedford High School Head Coach Ed Rodrigues, and helped out. That led to a position coaching the Bristol Stars, an area Amateur Athletics Union basketball team. Correia worked with several players who earned college scholarships during his four years with the Stars,
He moved on and has coached the Rhode Island Athletic Basketball Club for two seasons.
A native of New Bedford, where he played tight end on the football team, Correia played collegiate football as a freshman at Western New England College. He also assists at NBHS, coaching wide receivers for the freshman football team.
"I love sports, and I love to work with kids," said Correia. "Coach Rodrigues and Coach Baptiste are good friends, and I was asked to help out."
Correia assists as a recruiter as well as with floor coaching. "Hard work and honesty are important in recruiting," said Correia. "It's also important to build relationships. I have learned a lot from Coach Baptiste as far as Xs and Os are concerned. I would like to stay here and continue to learn and develop as a coach."