UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department Sports History



Welcome to the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department's Sports History webpage. On this page you fill find collections of athletic records, accomplishments and career coaching records, dating to the beginning of the athletic programs on what is now the UMass Dartmouth campus. Following a rich tradition of athletic programs at Bradford Durfee Tech in Fall River and New Bedford Tech, the two departments were part of the merger of two insitutions which began in the early 1960's. The first combined athletic season at the Dartmouth campus was the 1966-67 season.

The purpose of this information is to help Corsair sports fans and student-athletes learn about the history of the sports teams and coaches at our institution from the past. 

UMass Dartmouth All-America List

Click here for a complete list of student-athletes from UMass Dartmouth and its predecessor institutions who have achieved All-America status during their careers. Updated through Spring 2013 season.

UMass Dartmouth All-Time Coaching Won-Loss Records

Click here for a complete list of the all-time career won-loss records for UMass Dartmouth and the predecessor schools on the Dartmouth campus, dating to the first season of competition in the Fall of 1966 and the Spring of 1967. The data base contains won-loss records for all of the head coaches who have sports which competed in individual competitions against other teams. Not all sports are represented in the data base if they did not have competitions which produced a result. Updated through the Spring 2013 season.

Corsair Century Club - 100 Career Coaching Victories

Click here for a list of all of the members of the Corsair Century Club, the head coaches who have earned 100-career victories during their tenure at UMass Dartmouth dating back to the 1966-67 season. Updated through the Fall of 2013 season.

All-Time Team Won-Loss Records

 Click here for the all-time won-loss records for each team at UMass Dartmouth dating to the first season in 1966-67. Only won-loss-tie results are included in this list. Multi-team events or invitational competitions where no results were recorded are not reflected in this list. Updated through Spring 2013 season.

Athletic Department Sports History Timeline 1964-2013

1964 -SMTI President Joseph Leo Driscoll instructed Prof. John Greenhalgh (Bradford Durfee in Fall River, MA) and Prof. Fran Tripp (New Bedford Textile, New Bedford, MA) to continue progress on their respective athletic programs for the 1964-65 season.  At the 6-21-64 SMTI Board of Trustees meeting, it was decided that the two separate intercollegiate athletic programs should be merged into a single program at the start of the 1965-66 season.  New Bedford Textile Athletic Director and Textile Fran Tripp was instructed to work on proposals for the 1965-66 merged scheduled to have plans in operation for Sept. 1965.

1965 - At August '65 SMTI Board of Trustees meeting, board appointed Committee on Athletic Policy, Chairman William F. Long, Philip Assiran, Paul O. LaBelle, Joseph Dawson and Robert W. Nelson.  Committee instructed to draft Statement on Athletic Policy.

1966-67 - First merged sports season at Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute (SMTI) with the following activities:

1. Basketball (Intercollegiate and Intramural)

2. Baseball (Intercollegiate)

3. Soccer (Intercollegiate)

4. Golf (Intercollegiate)

5. Fencing (Intercollegiate)

6. Tennis (Intercollegiate)

7. Track (Intercollegiate)

8. North-South Basketball Tournament

"Practices and games are to be equally divided between the sites in New Bedford and Fall River (or neutral sites in Dartmouth or Westport)," according to Athletic Department memorandum from Athletic Director Tripp.

1966 - Harold 'Mickey" Connolly named SMTI Athletic Director and Assistant Profesor Physical Education on July 4, 1966 at an annual salary of $12,000.  Connolly succeeded Fran Trip who has served as Athletic Director at New Bedford Textile for 24 years.  Professor in Charge of Textile Department Fran Tripp named Moderator of Athletics at SMU.  The Athletic Department staff, housed at New Bedford Textile in downtown New Bedford, MA, consisted of bookeeper Beatrice Thomas and part-time worker Jimmy Thomas.  SMTI Athletic teams compete regionally in the Southern New England Conference (SNEC), formerly known as the Southern New England Coast Conference (SNECC) and the Colonial Intercollegiate Conference in soccer.  At the national level, SMTI belonged to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

1967 - SMTI adopts the Corsairs as its athletic symbol.   In December of 1966 school officials announced Corsairs would be the new nickname. In early 1967, a campus wide student election is held but the results are not released.  SMTI President Joseph Driscoll declared `Corsairs' as official school nickname.  School colors are blue, white and gold.  Varsity athletes to receive, "... large blue `M" with a gold border and the letters SMTI printed in white on the bases of the vertical legs of the M."  School officials chose the letter M for the varsity letter, "Because of a reluctance of the administration to have SMTI associated with Bradford Durfee, New Bedford Tech and/or a Technical Institute, the use of the letters "T" and "I" by themselves was ruled out." according to a Sept. 22, 1967 Torch story.

SMTI men's tennis 1967 featuring Harold Bannister ('35, '68) (standing, far left) and Coach Gerry Aillery (standing, far right).

1967 - SMTI men's tennis team posted a perfect 12-0 season under Coach Gerry Aillery. At the NAIA Nationals, SMTI finishes 9th nationally.  One year later, SMTI against goes 12-0 to win the NAIA District 32 and SNEC Championships. This time, SMTI placed 8th nationally at the 1968 NAIA Championship Tournament. 

Coach Bob Dowd (standing far left) and his cross country team competed on the SMTI campus before the Tripp Center was opened. His teams used the Power Plant locker room and shower facilities as a temporary home.

1967 - SMTI men's cross country team competed in the first season on the new Dartmouth campus under Coach Robert Dowd.  First varsity event on the new campus is a cross country meet in September of 1967. The Corsairs posted a 9-1-1 overall record and finished fourth in a field of 16 teams at the New England Championships in Gorham, ME. Group I building opens and houses first classes on the Dartmouth campus. Enrollment is 2,350.

1967 - SMTI men's golf team won three and lost four in first season of competition with Arnold Oliver as head coach.

1967 - SMTI Trustees accepted Statement of Athletic Policy, outlining operational details of how the Athletic Department functions.  Established Council on Intercollegiate Athletics, comprising five faculty members and the Athletic Director, serving as chair and one student-athlete. The Committee reports to the faculty's Full Committee on Recognized Student Activities.  The Statement also outlined administrative duties of the Athletic Director. Rules of eligibility are governed by NAIA, except minimum grade point average for athletes shall be established by Council of Academic Deans, in consultation with the Dean of the Faculty and the President.

1967 - Scrimshaw, the SMTI yearbook, publishes section on SMTI Athletics, "The administration and faculty approve and encourage a full program on intercollegiate and intramural athletics.  Varsity teams include baseball, tennis, soccer, fencing, golf and track.  SMTI is an active member of the NAIA and the SNECC. Future plans include varsity teams in football, wrestling and other sport activities."1968 - SMTI men's soccer team captured 1968 Colonial Intercollegiate Conference championship under Head Coach Arnold Oliver.

1968 - SMTI baseball team, Coached by John Regan, posts a 9-9 overall record and captured SNEC co-championship with Quinnipiac College.

Head Coach John Pacheco (front row center), a 2006 Corsair Hall of Fame inductee, was a player and coach for the Corsairs. He played for New Bedford Tech graduating in 1963, then returned to coach the SMTI and later SMU Corsairs from 1968-1972.

1969 - SMTI became Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU) at on-campus ceremony June 8, 1969.

1971 - SMTI men's soccer, under coach Ray Oliver, played first varsity games on campus, Sept 29, 1971 vs. Barrington College.  Other playing fields were ready for varsity competition including baseball, tennis and outdoor track and field.  

Bob Dowd coached both track and field along with cross country from 1967 until 1987 before taking over as SMU Athletic Director.

1971 - SMTI men's outdoor track and field team won the SNEC Championships for Head Coach Robert Dowd.

1971 - Marie Snyder joined Athletic Department staff and Director of Women's Athletics along with baseball coach Bruce Wheeler and John Rennie, as both Aquatics Director and Swim Coach.
1972 - SMU Gymnasium/Natatorium opened with formal ceremony on Feb. 26, 1972.  Open House scheduled in the afternoon with formal ceremony held at halftime of SMU men's basketball game vs. North Adams State College.  Cost of the new building was $2.7 million dollars.

1972 - SMU joined the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

1972 - SMU women's tennis team had a 6-2 won-loss record in its first season of varsity competition under Coach Marie Snyder, who also coached SMU women's volleyball team to a debut season record of 6-5.
1972 - SMU baseball competed in its first NAIA post season tournament and appears for next two seasons in the NAIA national tournament.  New Coach Bruce Wheeler began his 33-year career with a 13-9 overall record to win first of two consecutive SNEC championships.  1973 team repeats SNEC title with 23-10 record.
1972 - SMU men's swim team holds first home swim meet held in Natatorium, Dec. 7, 1972 vs. Keene State.
1973 - First SMU women's volleyball game in Gymnasium, Nov. 8, 1973 vs. Emmanual College with Marie Snyder as head coach. 
1973 - SMU men's soccer team finishes with 12-4-3 overall record and captured NAIA District 32S championship, placing second in NAIA New England Tournament.  John Rennie named New England NAIA Coach of the Year, while Americo Araujo, Fernando Goulart and Nuno Pimental named to Colonial Conference First Team All-Stars.
1973 - SMU men's cross country competed in its first NAIA national competition, placing 10th overall.  Peter Kuchinski of SMU captured the inaugural SMU Cross Country Invitational in a time of 24:48 helping the Corsairs to a second-place finish overall.
1973 - SMU women's tennis player Fran Howard placed in the top eight of the New England Intercollegiate Singles Championship.
1973-74 SMU women's basketball team completed first season under Coach Jackie Proulx with a 5-5 record. Proulx's teams competed in MAIAW Tournament for the next three seasons. First women's basketball game in new Gymnasium vs. Stonehill College, Jan. 29, 1974
1973 - First SMU women's swim meet at Natatorium vs. University of Rhode Island, on Dec. 10,
1973. Joan Moehring first women's team head coach.
1973 - Club ice hockey for men introduced for 1973-74 season with Don Costa as head coach.
1974 - First SMU women's tennis match on campus courts near Gymnasium/Natatorium vs. Bridgewater State on Sept. 24, 1974.  First SMU woman's field hockey game on campus vs. Barrington College, Oct. 1, 1974 with Barbara Carreiro as head coach.
1974-75 SMU ice hockey introduced as a varsity sport with Joe Prenda serving as head coach. Corsairs go 1-13 in first season.

1974 - SMU men's tennis team competed in its first NAIA national post season tournament.

1974 - SMU baseball team finished 23-10 overall, second in NAIA District 32 South Tournament. Coach Bruce Wheeler named District 32 South Coach of the Year. Team captured SNEC championship, Roger Gaudreau and Steve Rezendes named District 32 South All-Stars.

The 1975 SMU baseball team was inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame in 1992.

1975 - SMU baseball, men's basketball and men's golf compete in NCAA national post season competition. SMU baseball player Joe Jason named to All-America team, first player to earn national honors in baseball

  The 1975 SMU cross country team was inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame in 2001.

1975 - SMU cross country team competed in their first NCAA post season national tournament, finishing fifth in Division III.

1975 - SMU women's basketball team competed in it's first Massachusetts Associate of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW) post season tournament.  The MAIAW is a regional organization under the national structure of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).
1975 - Peter Smith became first SMU cross country runner to earn All-America honors at NCAA national championship race. David Hill became first SMU All-America track athlete (110 meter hurdles) at NCAA National Championship meet.

1975 - SMU men's golf team made the first of three straight appearances in the NCAA national championships under direction of Head Coach John Barrett.

  The 1976 men's soccer team from SMU was inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame in 1999. Head Coach John Barrett (far right, second row) was inducted in 2007.

1976 - After going 11-3-5 with its first ECAC Tournament berth in 1975, Coach John Barrett took SMU men's soccer to the first of two NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. The Corsairs were 12-2 in 1976 and improved to 13-2 under new Head Coach Philip Fortin and return to the NCAA Tournament.

The Corsair field hockey team circa 1976

In the fourth year in team history, the SMU Corsairs go 9-1-1 and qualify for the Northeast FHCA Tournament for the second time in as many years. The team was inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame in 2006. Head Coach Barbara Carreiro (standing at far left) was an inductee in 2011.

1976 - SMU softball posted a 4-2 overall record under head coach Jackie Proulx in its first season of varsity competition.


SMU's men's basketball team posted a 17-9 won loss record and made the programs' first appearance in the NCAA Tournament The team was coached by Bruce Wheeler (standing, far right).

1977 - SMU women's cross country established as varsity sport under Head Coach Robert Dowd.

1977-78 - Judy Sullivan took over women's basketball head coaching job for 1977-78 season. Sullivan lead Corsairs to one MAIAW Tournament and two more EAIAW Tournaments.  In 16 seasons, Sullivan posted a 200-166 won-loss record in women's' basketball.

In addition to men's soccer, John Barrett also coach men's swimming for one season and the 1977 SMU golf team.

1977 - SMU golfer David Downing named to NCAA Division III Golf All-America team after earning low medalist honors at NCAA Division III individual golf championship held at Colgate University's Seven Oaks Golf Course in Hamilton, NY.  Downing shot 296 (71-76-76-73) to become first national champion in any sport.  Downing had finished sixth at NCAA Division III championships in 1976.  Coach John Barrett's Corsairs finish second in NCAA Division III team competition at 1,225, behind national champion California State College Stanislaus, the best finish ever by a New England area college in a national golf competition. SMU's Bob Hickman tied for 9th place at 304 (75-80-75-74) to earn All-America honors while teammate Bob Silva named Honorable Mention All-America.

1978 - George Itz becomes first SMU track national champion winning the 1500 meters at the `78 NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships.
Mary McCarthy-McDonald played both field hockey and women's basketball for SMU. She was inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame in 1989.

1979 - SMU Gymnasium/Natatorium named in honor of former Coach, Athletic Director, Moderator of Athletics and Textile Science Professor Francis Tripp.

Coach Judy Sullivan's (second row, fifth from left) Corsairs posted a 15-8 won loss record in the sixth year of the program and Coach Sullivan's second as head coach.
1979 - SMU women's basketball team competed in the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (EAIAW) regional post-season tournament. 
1980 - SMU women's cross country competed in its first AIAW national competition.  SMU softball competed in first MAIAW regional post-season tournament after an 8-8 season under Coach Kathy Tierney.
1980 - Sandra McCloskey became first female swimmer at SMU to earn All-America honors in her sport (200 Free). She added second All-America honor in 1981 to become first two-time All-America female swimmer.
1981 - NCAA sponsored first national post season tournament competition for women's sports.
1981 - In its fifth season as a varsity sport, SMU women's cross country team placed fourth nationally at the NCAA Division III Championship race.  Coach Bob Dowd's team duplicated the fourth-place finish in 1982.
1981 - SMU ice hockey entered ECAC hockey tournament for the first time in the seven-year history of the program.
1981 - Cathy Carnes became first SMU female athlete to earn All-America honors at the 1981 NCAA national championship race.
1982 - Michelle Lussier, Christy Baker, Lisa Warren became first SMU women to earn outdoor track All-America honors at the NCAA Division III national meet.
1983 - Diane Weeder and her sister, Donna Weeder, both captured Division III All-America honors in cross country for SMU. 

1983 - SMU ice hockey captured its first ECAC championship. Head Coach Alex Kogler's team had a 15-7 won-loss record for the 1982-83 season.  SMU went on to win three consecutive SMU championships over the next three seasons.

  Folowing their 1983 championship season, the SMU hockey team players were special honored guests at the State House in Boston.

1984 - At the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Diane Weeder became first SMU woman to win a national championship, capturing the 3,000 Meters.

Jim White was a three-time NCAA Division III national champion in cross country and 10,000 meters.

1985 - SMU cross country runner Jim White captured the first of two straight NCAA Division III national cross country championships.  White is also the 1986 NCAA Division III national champion at 10,000 meters.

1985 - SMU field hockey made first post season appearance in the MAIAW Tournament. 
1985 - Club football organized for first season at SMU. Home games are played at Sargent Field in New Bedford, MA.
1985-86 - SMU ice hockey defeated Westfield State, 6-4, in early January of 1985, beginning an ECAC-record 38-game winning streak.  The Corsairs' streak included three victories and the 1984-85 ECAC Tournament Championship and continued throughout the 1985-86 regular season. The streak was stopped with a 5-4 ECAC Tournament loss to Curry in February of 1986.


1986 - SMU women's basketball team competed in its first Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) regional post-season tournament.


1986 - SMU joined the Little East Conference on April 28, 1986 as a playing conference for men's and women's basketball. Also joining the LEC are Eastern Connecticut State University, Plymouth State University (then known as Plymouth State College), Rhode Island College, the University of Massachusetts Boston and the University of Southern Maine. The LEC is recognized immediately by the NCAA.

1987 - SMU women's volleyball team made first appearance in MAIAW regional tournament after a 25-16 season with Coach Ernest Frias. Corsairs went 27-13 the next season and appeared for first time in ECAC Tournament.
1987 - At the first LEC men's basketball tournament, SMU captured the 1986-87 LEC regular season and wins the first LEC Men's Basketball Tournament. SMU invited to the NCAA Men's Basketball National Tournament.
1986 - SMU women's basketball competed in its first ECAC regional tournament.
1987 - Robert Dowd named Athletic Director, replacing the retired Mickey Connolly. He served continuously as AD until 1995. He will later serve twice as the Interim AD.
1987 - SMU women's volleyball made first post-season tournament appearance in the MAIAW Tournament.
1987 - SMU club football played its first home game on campus at field located behind Tripp Athletic Center. Site of a former baseball diamond adjacent to primary baseball field, the new facility housed football. Men's and women's soccer teams played their games at the field situated inside the track and field complex.
1987 - SMU hammer thrower Stephan Baptista captured the NCAA Division III national championship.
1988 - SMU joined the New England Football Conference (NEFC). In their first season under coach Paul Harrison the SMU football team posted a 5-4 won-loss record.
1988 - UMass Dartmouth field hockey player Nancy Boucher-Quintin first player to earn All-America honors in her sport.
1988 - Corsair Hall of Fame established and inducts first class of nominees including: Joe Jason, Stephen McNamara, David Hill, Sally Darlington Hymes, William McArdle, Marie Snyder, Francis Tripp and the 1960 Men's Soccer Team.
1988 - After a 20-8-1 overall record, Coach Marilyn Ritz's SMU softball team invited to its first NCAA Division III National Tournament.
1989 - Women's soccer added as a varsity sport at SMU. Coach Ray Cabral leads team to 11-5 record. Corsairs made two straight ECAC Tournaments in next two seasons, advancing to semi-final round in 1991 after a 14-3 season
1989 - SMU men's basketball player Kevin Kolek became first player to earn NCAA Division III All-America honors in his sport.


1991 - SMU joined the University of Massachusetts system and changed name to UMass Dartmouth.

1992 - UMass Dartmouth women's soccer team earned first NCAA Tournament bid, advancing to Division III national championship game. Corsairs lose the championship game, 1-0, finishing season as national finalists and 17-3-1 overall. Women's soccer is SMU/UMass Dartmouth's best team finish in NCAA national competition.
1992 - Tom Egan won both the one-meter diving and three-meter diving NCAA Division III national championships. From 1990 through 1992, Eagan won a total of six All-America honors in the two diving competitions. He is also the first national champion diver and first male swimmer or diver to earn All-America honors. He is the only student-athlete to earn six All-America honors in SMU/UMass Dartmouth history.

The 1992-93 Final Four team was inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame in 2004.

1992-93 - UMass Dartmouth men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four capping a 25-6 season.  First appearance by SMU/UMass Dartmouth basketball team in national Division III finals.  Stephen Haynes named National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III All-America for the first of two seasons. Also named following the 1993-94 season.

1993 - Kirsten (Watters) Modestow began a three-year run of NCAA Division III All-America honors in women's swimming.  She earned three straight All-America honors in the 200 Free and is first female three-time All-America swimmer.
1994 - The national soccer team of Bolivia chose UMass Dartmouth as its training headquarters for the 1994 World Cup.   UMass Dartmouth's pursuit of the Bolivian team is mentioned in a Sports Illustrated story and a picture of the Bolivian team practicing at UMass Dartmouth made the front page of USA Today.
1994 - UMass Dartmouth football shared first NEFC league championship. Head Coach Bill Kavanaugh's team invited to first post season football game in ECAC Northwest Championship Bowl at Union College.
1994 - Women's soccer goalie Rachel Barbarossa became first player in her sport to earn NCAA Division III All-America honors.
1995 - Kenneth McBryde named Athletic Director to succeed Interim Director Judy Sullivan. McBryde serves in the position before leaving for Connecticut College in 1997.
1995 - Women's soccer player Annmarie Gagnon became first UMass Dartmouth student-athlete to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
1996 - UMass Dartmouth men's tennis team began a seven-year streak of Little East Conference Men's Tennis Championships. Coach Warren Preti's team captured three straight women's LEC Tennis Championships from 1996- 1998. Coach Preti's team captured six consecutive women's (Fall) and men's (Spring) championships from 1996-1999.
1997 - Equestrian added as a varsity sport for the Fall of 1997. Susan Yacubian appointed first head coach.
1997 - UMass Dartmouth women's tennis player Emily Traubel named winner of the first Senior Scholar-Athlete at annual awards banquet.
Bob Mullen served as AD from 1998 until his resignation due to health concerns in 2006.
Mullen initiated the Hampton Inn Basketball Classic as well as Shrine Day at UMass Dartmouth.

1998 - Robert W. Mullen named Director of Athletics to succeed Ken McBryde, who left to take the Athletic Director's position at Connecticut College.
1998 - UMass Dartmouth begins women's lacrosse as a varsity sport and is accepted into the New England Women's Lacrosse Association (NEWLA). UMass Dartmouth men's lacrosse added as a varsity sport and is accepted into the Pilgrim League.  Head Coach Jerry Jenning's team posts a 5-7 overall record and appears in the NEWLA post season tournament.  Under Head Coach Jeff Feroce, UMass Dartmouth finishes 10-3 overall.
1998 - UMass Dartmouth baseball player Pat Schultz named NCAA Division III Baseball Player of the Year.

Long-time Cosair supporter John Frye was a 1971 SMU graduate and a 1995 Corsair Hall of Fame inductee.

1998 - John Frye Athletic Service Award established to recognize service to the Athletic Department. First winner is Herald News Sports Editor and former Sports Information Assistant and men's golf coach Mike Silva.
1999 - Marques Houtman scores 25 points to lead UMass Dartmouth men's basketball to an 82-72 victory over Roger Williams in the inaugural Hampton Inn Basketball Classic at the Tripp Center. The season-opening tournament is sponsored by Lafrance Hospitality of Westport, MA.
1999 - On the very last throw of his college career, Keith Rose earned All-America honors for a second consecutive season with a seventh-place finish in the new javelin at the 1999 NCAA Division III National Championships. In the final round of the competition, Rose re-injured his hamstring and was suffering from an elbow injury, yet was able to move up from ninth place to finish seventh with a throw of 189-6 and earn his second All-America honor. He was a 2006 Corsair Hall of Fame inductee
1999 - Competing in the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida, UMass Dartmouth cheerleaders capture Division II/III All-Girl Championship. The Corsairs also win NCA titles in 2001 and 2006.

The Corsair cheerleaders shown here posing with one of their NCA national championship trophies captured their first title in 1999.

2000 - Dedication ceremonies and opening ceremony held for new UMass Dartmouth Fitness Center built as an addition to the Tripp Athletic Center. The 13,100 square foot facility was built with state funds and includes a 5,000 square foot cardiovascular weight training room along with a 2,500 square foot aerobics and instructional fitness room. 

2000 - Varsity sports field named in honor of former UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Peter H. Cressy.

2000 - UMass Dartmouth hosted Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association High School Super Bowl game for third straight year. Attendance at the Norwood vs. Whitman-Hanson brought largest crowd in the history of Cressy Field, estimated at more than 6,000 people.

The 2000-01 men's basketball team reached the Sweet 16 and were a Corsair Hall of Fame team 11 years later with the Class of 2012.

2001 -  The UMass Dartmouth men's basketball team returned to the national stage of NCAA Division III basketball as Coach Brian Baptiste's team led the nation in victories following a 25-3 season.  Ranked as high as #2 in some national polls, the Corsairs finished with a Little East Conference regular season and tournament championship.  In the post season, the Corsairs added an impressive second round NCAA Tournament victory and a berth in the Sweet 16.  The Corsairs were the top-ranked team in New England after defeating Salem State, 86-64, in an NCAA tournament game before Carthage College eliminated UMass Dartmouth from the tournament.

Bill Kavanaugh (left) accepts the NEFC Coach of the Year Award from former Atheltic Director Bob Mullen.

The Corsairs celebrate a perfect 11-0 regular season record after a home game played at Dartmouth High School. Cressy Field was unavailable for the 2002 season resulting in the team playing home games on the road at Dartmouth and Bishop Stang HS.
2002 - UMass Dartmouth football posted first undefeated regular season at 11-0 and wins first outright NEFC title by defeating Westfield State in the NEFC Championship Game. UMass Dartmouth earned first bid into NCAA Division III Football Championships with game at Muhlenburg (PA) College.

2002 - UMass Dartmouth men' s lacrosse finished 9-8 overall and competed in both the LEC Tournament and for the first time in the ECAC New England Division III Tournament.

2003 - Installation of artificial turf on Cressy Field by Northeast Turf is completed. First varsity contests are played on the new surface, a $1.9 million dollar project which included new field surface, fence, walkways and visiting bleachers opens in September of 2003.

 The reconstruction of Cressy Field began in late Spring 2003 with scraping off the existing grass field in preparation for the artificial surface to follow.

The subsurfaced was prepared prior to laying of the new playing surface
during the Summer of 2003.

The finished product was a brand-new Field Turf facility which opened in the Fall of 2003.
After playing his final game at UMass Dartmouth Shawn Theriault accepted the MVP Award after leading the Corsairs to their first post-season football victory.

2003 - UMass Dartmouth defeated Worcester State in the Northeast ECAC Championship Bowl game played at Cressy Field on Nov. 22, 2003. Senior Shawn Theriault rushed for 217 yards on 43 carries and a touchdown to lead the Corsairs (9-2) to victory.

2004 - The Boston Frenzy of the American Basketball Association (ABA) played its home games at the Tripp Athletic Center for the 2004-05 season.
2004 - UMass Dartmouth women's lacrosse finishes 10-7 overall and competes in both the LEC Tournament and for the first time the ECAC New England Division III Tournament.  First-year player Katelyn Elliott named to Women's All-America Rookie Team.
Coach Cathy Motta's Corsairs were Little East Conference women's swim champs after hosting the 2004 championship meet at the Tripp Center pool.

2004 - UMass Dartmouth women's swimming and diving team captures its first Little East Conference Women's Championships.

2005 - Eric Frank becomes first ice hockey player to earn Division III All-America honors in his sport.
Eric Frank shown in action during the 2004-05 hockey season.

2005 - Track and field complex is renovated and hosts UMass Dartmouth Invitational and also New England Alliance/Little East Conference Track Championships.

To make way for new residence halls to the west of the Tripp Center, ten new courts were built on the east side of the main athletic building.

2006 - New tennis court complex, including 10 new courts, constructed between Tripp Center and baseball field.

2006 - UMass Dartmouth ice hockey captured first ECAC Northeast championship and won first NCAA Division III Hockey tournament game at Geneseo State. Corsairs advance to national quarterfinal round before losing to eventual national champion Middlebury College.
2006 - Jon Garcia earns third consecutive NCAA Division III All-America honor in outdoor and indoor hurdle events by winning Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championship in 55-meter hurdles.  Garcia is a two-time All-America I the 5- meter hurdles and has earned similar honors at the 2005 Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 110-meter hurdles.
2006 - UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department holds its 40th Athletic Awards Banquet.
2006 - Jon Garcia earns Division III All-America honors for a fourth time by finishing fourth at NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Nationals. His finishing time of 14.20 is a school record.

Jon Garcia in action at the UMass Dartmouth track and field complex.

2006 - Louise Goodrum named Athletic Director after Robert Mullen announced his resignation from the position.

 The Corsairs celebrate their 2006-07 ECAC Northeast ice hockey championship following the championship game played at Hetland Arena in New Bedford. UMass Dartmouth posted a 25-3-1 record for the season.

2007 - UMass Dartmouth ice hockey team ranked #6 nationally in US College Hockey Online Poll at the end of the 2006-07 NCAA Division III ice hockey season This is the highest national ranking for Corsair hockey in the history of the program.  Corsairs lose to Middlebury for a second straight year in the hockey quarterfinal round game.

2007 - Ian Day named Athletic Director.

Ian Day came to UMass Dartmouth from Tiffin University in Ohio.

2007 - Corsair Hall of Fame celebrates 20th anniversary with induction ceremony as part of Homecoming 2007.
Hetland Arena hosted UMass Dartmouth ice hockey's first home game in the 2008 NCAA Div. III Tournament.
2008 - UMass Dartmouth ice hockey captures third straight ECAC Northeast Tournament and earns third NCAA Div. III Men's Hockey Tournament berth. Corsairs host first tournament game at Hetland Arena, a quarterfinal round game vs. Trinity College on March 12 (L, 7-3).


Lights were added to Cressy Field during Spring 2008. First home football game played at night was in Sept. of 2008.

2008 - First home night game at UMass Dartmouth's Cressy Field was played on April 16, 2008. The game produced a 19-0 Corsair victory over Emerson College in men's lacrosse.

2008 - Jon Garcia captures NCAA Div. III Indoor Championship at 55-meter hurdles for his third NCAA national championship and sixth Div. III All-America award. Garcia is the most honored UMass Dartmouth athlete in history, edging both Jim White and Tom Egan, who both have six All-America honors but only two national championships each, while Garcia has three.

2008 - UMass Dartmouth's women's tennis team captures the Little East Conference Tournament and earn their first trip to the NCAA Division III Championships. The Corsairs' 5-3 win over Bridgewater State gives the Corsairs a spot in the 2009 NCAA Tournament where UMass Dartmouth falls 4-0 to #18 Bowdoin. UMass Dartmouth caps the year with a 15-2 record.

2008 - Athletic Department unveils new Corsair logo. First official logo ever adopted by the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department. The logo was designed by Out of the Box Creative of New Bedford, MA and used for the first time during the 2008-09 season.

 The final logo was one of 30 renderings considered before the final decision was made.

The new Corsair athletic logo adorns center court at the Tripp Athletic Center.

2009 -The UMass Dartmouth men's tennis team knocks off host Salem State, 5-2, to capture the LEC Tournament championship and earn a spot in the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship. The Corsairs win their NCAA Tournament debut with a 5-2 decision over Neumann before being eliminated by Williams, 5-0. The Corsairs finish the year 13-2. The 2009 NCAA Championships marks the first time both the men's and women's tennis teams appeared in the post season at the same time.

2009 - UMass Dartmouth earns its first trip to the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championships with a 3-2 overtime win at Keene State in the 2009 LEC Tournament. The Corsairs capture their first LEC Tournament championship in field hockey when Erica Allan scored the game-winner at 77:09 off a penalty corner.  UMass Dartmouth falls to Middlebury 5-1 in the NCAA Tournament but finishes the season 15-7.

The Corsairs went 15-8 in 2010, capturing a second straight LEC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth.

2010 - For the first time since 1977, the UMass Dartmouth men's golf team will make an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championships. UMass Dartmouth ran away with the GNAC championships, winning by 16 strokes to earn a berth in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Louise Goodrum joined the Athletic Department as Head Athletic Trainer in 1998. She was named Associate Director and later served as interim Athletic Director in 2007.

2011 - Associate Director Louise Goodrum passed away suddenly. She was 49 years old.

2012 - Dedication ceremony held for the opening of the Corsair Hall of Fame, located in the Tripp Center lobby.

Athletic Director Ian Day lends a hand to Chancellor Jean MacCormack and Vice Chancellor Deb McLaughlin as they cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the Hall of Fame.

In addition to the Corsair Hall of Fame on the second floor lobby, two meeting rooms were built overlooking the Tripp Center main court.

2012 - Corsair Hall of Fame holds its 25th anniversary by inducting the Class of 2012 on Homecoming Weekend. Plaque honoring the contributions of former SID Bill Gathright is dedicated inside the Corsair Hall of Fame.

This plaque honoring the late Billy G. now hangs inside the Corsair Hall of Fame.

2013 -UMass Dartmouth ice hockey captures its first MASCAC Tournament championship with a 2-1 win at Plymouth State in the title game on March 2, 2013. The Corsairs fall to Bowdoin in the NCAA First Round Tournament, 5-2, four days later.

2013 - With UMass Dartmouth ice hockey competing in the MASCAC since 2009, UMass Dartmouth is part of the new MASCAC Football League. The Corsairs begin conference play during the 2013 season. First MASCAC victory is a 38-14 win over Plymouth State on Sept. 28, 2013. 

2014 - Amanda Van Voorhis was named the eighth Director of Athletics of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in August 2014 after serving the Corsairs as the Interim Director of Athletics for the 2013-14 academic year.
2016 - Major revovations were completed at both the baseball and the softball fields on the campus.