DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Athletic Department mourns the loss of assistant track and field coach Darren DeAndrade, who passed on Friday, May 26 in his hometown of New Bedford, Mass. He was a beloved mentor to countless Corsairs and high school students in the southeastern Massachusetts area, coaching the sport for over 30 years.
DeAndrade joined the UMass Dartmouth coaching staff in 2009, reuniting with head coach Steve Gardiner – his former high school coach – and quickly established the Corsairs as a perennial track and field power. During DeAndrade's tenure, the Corsair men claimed three New England Alliance titles, including both the indoor and outdoor championships in 2012 and the indoor crown in 2014. Working primarily in the field events, DeAndrade guided his athletes to 11 school records and 76 of the top-10 performances in program history in the throwing and jumping events. This year, junior Jared Louf-Woods established the program standard in the indoor shot put (50-08) and sophomore Stephen Tencati broke the javelin mark (211-10). He was instrumental in developing six NCAA Division III national qualifiers in the field events, including three All-Americans in Krista Chauvin, Kevin Cutler and Adam Jones.
Cutler became the most accomplished high jumper in program history under DeAndrade's tutelage, achieving All-America status three times between 2014 and 2016 and is the only Corsair in program history to clear seven feet. He earned his highest placement at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships, when Cutler finished third overall at 6-9.75. Cutler owns both the indoor and outdoor school records in the event at 6-10.75 and 7-1.5, respectively. The previous high jump record holder, Jones, earned All-America honors in 2013 with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships (6-9.75).
On the women's side, Chauvin is one of the most decorated Corsairs in program history, earning All-America accolades in 2013 in the hammer throw. That year, Chauvin won the Open New England champion in the event and took fifth at the prestigious Penn Relays. Under DeAndrade, she set school record marks in the weight throw (56-3.75, 2014), hammer throw (188-10, 2013) and discus (140-01, 2012).
Prior to joining the Corsair staff, DeAndrade was the head coach at Old Rochester Regional High School from 1993 to 2000, transforming the Bulldogs into a regional contender after first entering the coaching ranks as Gardiner's assistant at New Bedford High School.
DeAndrade was a member of the New Bedford community his entire life. He and Gardiner first crossed paths at New Bedford High in 1979 during DeAndrade's sophomore year. Gardiner went on to coach DeAndrade in the high jump, with the Whalers claiming Class A titles in all three of his seasons. After serving as team captain in 1982, he attended UMass Dartmouth (then Southeastern Massachusetts University) for a brief time before entering the Marine Corps.
He is survived by his two sons, Kyle and Sean, his mother Asia M. Silva and five siblings. DeAndrade will forever be remembered by his student-athletes and colleagues as leaving a lasting impact on UMass Dartmouth that extends well beyond the field of competition.
DeAndrade's wake will be held Friday, June 2 at Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Home at 495 Park Street in New Bedford from 4-8 p.m. For more information, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.