University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis announced the appointment of Matthew Ducharme '00 to serve as the eighth head coach of the women's basketball program prior to the 2014-15 season. Ducharme had previously been the lead assistant for Van Voorhis since 2011.
The past two seasons under Ducharme's leadership are some of the most successful campaigns in program history, as the Corsairs compiled a 37-17 overall record. In 2015, UMass Dartmouth earned its first-ever Little East Conference regular season title, posting a 10-4 record in conference play as part of a 19-8 overall record. The Corsairs again surpassed the 15-win mark in the 2015-16 season, going 18-9 and earning a trip to the LEC semifinals vefore falling to eventual champions Eastern Connecticut.
Under Ducharme, Megan Ronaghan has emerged as one of the most prolific scorers in program history, accumulating 1,316 points in just three years on the court. She currently ranks second on the Corsair women's basketball all-time scoring list heading into her senior campaign. Ronaghan is a two-time LEC Player of the Year and was tabbed a D3 All-Region honoree in both 2015 and 2016 and was named the NEWBA Freshman of the Year in 2014. As a junior, she was recognized as a Preseason All-American by D3Hoops.com.
Ducharme played a key role in leading UMass Dartmouth to its most successful stretch in terms of victories since the late 1980s under Van Voorhis. The Corsairs compiled an overall record of 50-30, three winning seasons, and a berth in the 2013 Little East Conference Women's Basketball Championship Game. He also oversaw the development of two of the greatest scorers in program history in Colleen Moriarty '13 and Erika Bornemann '14. The Canton, Mass. products became just the sixth and seventh student-athletes in program history to eclipse the 1,000-career point milestone.
In 2013, UMass Dartmouth established a new single-season record for wins (20), putting an additional two victories between the previous standard that was set by the 1988 and 1989 squads. The Corsairs edged Western Connecticut 74-64 in the semifinals to reach the championship game of the conference tournament for the first time in program hi overstory. The UMass Dartmouth coaching staff capped its impressive season, when Moriarty became the first Corsair to be elected as the Little East Conference Player of the Year by the eight conference coaches.
Ducharme has enjoyed nearly a 10-year professional relationship with his alma mater, aiding the University in a variety of roles. Prior to his appointment as the assistant women's basketball coach, he worked extensively in the Admissions Office as an Admissions Counselor.
The 2000 graduate received his bachelor's degree in psychology from UMass Dartmouth. Ducharme earned a master's degree in physical education from Bridgewater State University in 2005. In addition to his role as a coach, he is also the Athletic Department's recruiting coordinator.