New England/Yankee Regular Season Champions

New England/Yankee Regular Season Champions

Full list of New England/Yankee Conference men’s basketball regular season champions, including head coach, by year. Bold means team went on to win the NCAA National Championship the same year. The Yankee Conference was born from the New England Conference, which was established in 1923 with five member institutions from the Northeast US: Northeastern, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Northeastern left in 1945 and the conference sponsored its final football and basketball seasons a year later. The four remaining universities, joined by UMass and Vermont, formed the Yankee Conference and began competition in 1947. Men’s basketball in the Yankee continued through the 1975-76 season, but in 1976 the conference decided to go football only. The conference expanded beyond the Northeast in 1980’s and continued to sponsor football until 1996. The NCAA considers the New England Conference and Yankee Conferences to be separate, but the regular season champions listed below encompass both (NE from 1923-46 and Yankee from 1946-76). UConn won the most titles (22), followed by Rhode Island (21) and UMass (9).

NOTE: There was never a men’s basketball tournament in either conference.

Season Champion(s) Head Coach(es)
1923-24 New Hampshire Butch Cowell
Rhode Island Frank Keaney
1924-25 Connecticut Sumner Dole
1925-26 Connecticut (2) Sumner Dole (2)
1926-27 New Hampshire (2) Butch Cowell (2)
1927-28 Connecticut (3) Louis Alexander
1928-29 Rhode Island (2) Frank Keaney (2)
1929-30 Rhode Island (3) Frank Keaney (3)
1930-31 Rhode Island (4) Frank Keaney (4)
1931-32 New Hampshire (3) Henry Swasey
1932-33 Rhode Island (5) Frank Keaney (5)
1933-34 Rhode Island (6) Frank Keaney (6)
1934-35 Rhode Island (7) Frank Keaney (7)
1935-36 New Hampshire (4) Henry Swasey (2)
1936-37 Rhode Island (8) Frank Keaney (8)
1937-38 Rhode Island (9) Frank Keaney (9)
1938-39 Rhode Island (10) Frank Keaney (10)
1939-40 Rhode Island (11) Frank Keaney (11)
1940-41 Connecticut (4) Donald White
Rhode Island (12) Frank Keaney (12)
1941-42 Rhode Island (13) Frank Keaney (13)
1942-43 Rhode Island (14) Frank Keaney (14)
1943-45 none none
1945-46 Rhode Island (15) Frank Keaney (15)
1946-47 Vermont Fuzzy Evans
1947-48 Connecticut (5) Hugh Greer
1948-49 Connecticut (6) Hugh Greer (2)
1949-50 Rhode Island (16) Bob “Red” Haire
1950-51 Connecticut (7) Hugh Greer (3)
1951-52 Connecticut (8) Hugh Greer (4)
1952-53 Connecticut (9) Hugh Greer (5)
1953-54 Connecticut (10) Hugh Greer (6)
1954-55 Connecticut (11) Hugh Greer (7)
1955-56 Connecticut (12) Hugh Greer (8)
1956-57 Connecticut (13) Hugh Greer (9)
1957-58 Connecticut (14) Hugh Greer (10)
1958-59 Connecticut (15) Hugh Greer (11)
1959-60 Connecticut (16) Hugh Greer (12)
1960-61 Rhode Island (17) Ernie Calverley
1961-62 UMass Matt Zunic
1962-63 Connecticut (17) George Wigton
1963-64 Connecticut (18) Fred Shabel
Rhode Island (18) Ernie Calverley (2)
1964-65 Connecticut (19) Fred Shabel (2)
1965-66 Connecticut (20) Fred Shabel (3)
Rhode Island (19) Ernie Calverley (3)
1966-67 Connecticut (21) Fred Shabel (4)
1967-68 UMass (2) Jack Leaman
Rhode Island (20) Ernie Calverley (4)
1968-69 UMass (3) Jack Leaman (2)
1969-70 Connecticut (22) Dee Rowe
UMass (4) Jack Leaman (3)
1970-71 UMass (5) Jack Leaman (4)
1971-72 Rhode Island (1) Tom Carmody
1972-73 UMass (6) Jack Leaman (5)
1973-74 UMass (7) Jack Leaman (6)
1974-75 UMass (8) Jack Leaman (7)
1975-76 UMass (9) Jack Leaman (8)

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