DONALD DOUCETTE NAMED ASSOCIATE HEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH AT UNH

DURHAM, N.H.-- Don Doucette , formerly the head men's basketball coach at Newbury College, Central Missouri State, North Carolina-Ashville, UMass-Lowell, Salem State and Chaminade, will join the University of New Hampshire men's basketball program as the associate head coach in July. He replaces Jim Woods, who resigned in May. The announcement was made today by fifth-year head coach Phil Rowe.

Doucette, 51, who has been coaching within the collegiate basketball ranks since 1980, will provide tremendous coaching experience and valuable maturity to Rowe's staff.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to join the UNH basketball family," said Doucette. "Phil Rowe and his staff have worked hard establishing the foundation for a winning program. I look forward to joining them in building a successful basketball program at UNH."

"I am very excited to be announcing today that Don Doucette will join our staff as the associate head coach," said Rowe. "I have had the pleasure of knowing Don for 20 years. His tireless work habits, outstanding recruiting contacts and high energy will be a tremendous boost to our program. Don has had success at every place he has been in his career. Our players are going to enjoy the passion he brings to the court everyday. We both have had the opportunity to build solid programs in our careers and want the challenge together at UNH. I am thrilled to be able to bring Don Doucette into the UNH family and am looking forward to working with him for many years to come."

Most recently, Doucette served as the head coach at Newbury College in Boston where he served as both the head men's basketball coach and athletic director. Following his arrival there in 2002, he led the squad to its best overall record in school history.

Doucette returned to New England after a stint at Central Missouri State from 1996-2002. During his time in Warrensburg, he led his squad to the 1996 Division II national tournament and that team posted an impressive 21-7 mark.

Prior to CMSU, Doucette was the head basketball coach and athletic director at Chaminade University in Hawaii from 1993-96. He was named Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year in his second season and was responsible for overseeing the prestigious Maui Invitational basketball tournament, which featured Duke, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Arizona during that period.

Prior to Chaminade he was at the University of North Carolina-Ashville, where he served as the head coach of the Division I program from 1988-93. Highlights from his stay there included his team earning the Big South Conference title in 1989. That year his squad posted a 16-14 record, which was the most wins by the school at the Division I level. In 1990, UNCA once again set the school record for Division I wins in a season with 18 (18-12) and went on to finish as the Big South runner up.

Many basketball fans from the area remember Doucette for his tremendous accomplishments as the head coach at the UMass Lowell from 1983-1988, including his leading the former Chiefs to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1988 and the best record in that school's history (27-7). That same squad also won the New England Collegiate Conference title. The 1987 team under Doucette was voted "Most Improved" and "Best Defensive Team" in New England.

From 1981-1983, Doucette served as an assistant men's basketball coach and Director of Intramural Sports at Merrimack College.

He began his men's basketball coaching career in 1980-81 when he served as head men's basketball coach at Salem State College in Massachusetts, where he led his team to the Massachusetts State Conference Championship title and an appearance in the Division III NCAA National Tournament.

Doucette has earned six Coach of the Year honors during his career, including NABC Division II National Coach of the Year in 1988.

Doucette received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Boston State College (now UMass-Boston) in 1976. He is married to his wife, Diane, and has two sons, Quinn and Austin.

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