Don Doucette

Don Doucette (born February 23, 1952)

Teams coached: Salem State Vikings, Lowell State River Hawks, UNC Asheville Bulldogs, Chaminade Silverswords, Central Missouri Mules, Newbury Nighthawks
Salem State Vikings record^: 23-6 (.783)
UMass Lowell record^: 84-63 (.571)
UNC Asheville record: 55-88 (.385)
Chaminade record^: 22-55 (.286)
Central Missouri record^: 89-76 (.539)
Newbury record^: 12-12 (.500)
Overall record^: 285-300 (.487)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2003-2005 New Hampshire (assoc. HC)
2002-2003 Newbury
1996-2002 Central Missouri
1993-1996 Chaminade
1988-1993 UNC Asheville
1983-1988 Lowell State
1980-1981 Salem State

Don Doucette Facts

  • Don Doucette
  • Born February 23, 1952
  • Alma Mater: Boston State College (BA, 1976)
  • First head coaching job was at D-III Salem State (MA), where he went 23-6 (13-6) in his one season at the helm (1980-81)
  • Became the head coach at Lowell State (now UMass Lowell) in 1983, leading the program for five years
    • Lowell was D-II at the time and in 1988, Doucette led the River Hawks to a D-II NCAA National Championship victory
    • Left after the championship win with an overall record of 84-63; won 21 and 27 games in his last two respective seasons
  • Took over at UNC Asheville in 1988 and won the Big South Tournament title in his first season
    • Having just moved up to D-I, the Bulldogs were not yet eligible for the postseason
    • After winning 16 and 18 games in his first two seasons, Doucette’s teams won less than 10 in each of his last three
  • Moved to Hawaii in 1993 where he became the head coach and athletic director at D-II Chaminade
    • As AD, Doucette was in charge of the famed Maui Invitational from 1993-96, featuring some of the top D-I teams in the country
    • Was 22-55 in three seasons with the basketball team, but his 12-14 (8-4) record in 1994-95 earned him Pac West COY honors
  • Hired in 1996 to be the head coach at D-II Central Missouri; went 89-76 over six seasons at the helm
    • The high point was his first year, in which the Mules went 21-8 and reached the D-II NCAA Tournament
  • Most recent head coaching job was back East at D-III Newbury College (MA), where he also served as the school’s AD
    • Went 12-12 in his lone season there, which was the best record the program had ever had up to that point
  • Doucette left Newbury to be associate head coach for Phil Rowe at New Hampshire; coached at UNH for two seasons
  • Along with his wife, Diane, has two sons

Don Doucette Coaching Tree

  • Greg Herenda (Fairleigh Dickinson, UMass Lowell, Cabrini, Elgin CC)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III levels; UMass Lowell (then Lowell State) competed in Division III during Doucette’s tenure as head coach