The UMass Dartmouth men's golf team has traditionally been successful. They took their success to the next level in the Fall of 2010, when they became the first UMass Dartmouth team to advance to NCAA postseason play in 33 years, winning the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship and advancing to the NCAA Division III Championships in the Spring of 2011 under Head Coach Joel Baptista, who has coached the Corsairs since the Spring 2006 season.
Baptista led UMass Dartmouth to a victory in his first match as head coach when the Corsairs were victorious at the Jack Barry Invitational Tournament in the Spring of 2006. UMD finished third or better in four of their five tournaments that spring, then was second or better three times the next fall, and won the Worcester State Invitational.
The success of the team has continued as the Corsairs have picked up wins in the Westport Hampton Inn Invitational (the inaugural in 2009 and again in 2013), The Wentworth Leopards Invitational (2009), the Nichols College Invitational (2009), the Johnson & Wales Match Play (2010), the Rhode Island College Fall Invitational (2010), the NEIGA Championships (2012) and the Southern Maine Fall Classic (2013) to name a few.
Baptista has coached several outstanding players, including Kyle Pelletier, Tyler Kett, and Nick Jagoe along with his fellow teammates of the 2010-11 championship team as well as current captain and GNAC Academic All-Conference Brendan Kelleher. Kett was named to the Ping NCAA Division III All-Northeast Region Team as a senior by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
A SouthCoast native, Baptista graduated from Dartmouth High School and UMass Dartmouth, and is a former golf course general manager and United States Golf Federation teacher. Baptista is married (Jennifer) and is the proud father of two children, Alison and Craig. A versatile member of the staff, Baptista has assisted in the UMass Dartmouth sports information department during the winter sports season, helping cover basketball and hockey contests.
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c/o Tripp Athletic Center
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300