Baugh Named Beacons Interim Head Coach

Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Programs Charlie Titus has named Kristina Baugh the interim head women’s basketball coach at the University of Massachusetts Boston effective immediately.

The former assistant coach at NCAA Division I Central Connecticut State University, Baugh takes over for former head coach Courtney Mattingly, who resigned from her post in August.

“Kristina Baugh has a tremendous basketball resume. She has prepared well and is certainly ready for the challenge of leading our women’s’ basketball team.  Coach Baugh grew up in the Roxbury section of Boston and her grandmother is a former UMass Boston Professor. I am so happy that she chose to come home and continue her coaching journey with us,” said Titus.

While with the Blue Devils, Baugh played a major part in two winning seasons, and helped the team to a combined 46 victories over three seasons.  During that span, the CCSU advanced to the Northeast Conference tournament twice, and the NIT Tournament once.  This past season, CCSU posted 19 victories, second most since the program jumped to the Division I level, and earned a share of the Northeast Conference Regular Season title, the first-ever in school history.

“I am elated to come home and have the privilege to work at the University of Massachusetts Boston. I would like to thank Athletic Director Charlie Titus, his staff, and Chancellor Motley for this opportunity to be a part of the prestigious ‘Beacon’ tradition, and opportunity to affect the lives of young women,” said Baugh.

Under her tutelage she would see three players earn All-Conference accolades, while one, Jess Babe, earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

Prior to her arrival in New Britain, Baugh served as the head men’s basketball coach of the Carolina Cheetahs of the American Basketball Association (ABA).  In her one season with the Cheetahs he squad posted a combined 14 victories, and led the team to the postseason tournament in their first year of existence.

A 2007 graduate of Providence College where she was a four-year member of the basketball program.  During her career, she appeared a total of 109 games for the Friars.  In 2015 she earned her Master’s Degree from Central Connecticut State.

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