UMass Dartmouth basketball coach sets record with 700th win

Jan 16, 2023

UMass Dartmouth men’s basketball head coach Brian Baptiste recorded his 700th career win on Sunday, Jan. 15 with a 68-57 road victory over Castleton University, making him the winningest active coach in Division III basketball, according to a statement from the university.

Baptiste got his first win for UMass Dartmouth (then known as Southeastern Massachusetts University) against Anna Maria College on November 19, 1983.

Over his career, he has won 12 Little East Conference Championships and made 14 Division III National Tournament appearances, accruing 17 tournament wins and reaching five sweet sixteens and one Final Four.

Baptiste led the 2021-22 UMass Dartmouth squad to the sweet 16 for the first time since the 1992-93 tournament run. He coached the team to a win over Emerson in the first round and Nazareth College in the second before falling to #1-seed Randolph-Macon, who went on to win the National Championship.

His most successful season, 1992-93, saw the Corsairs win the Little East Conference Tournament and advance to the NCAA Division III Final Four, where they fell to the eventual national champion, Ohio Northern University.