Kaufman Passes the Ball to Bartley
A new era began this summer with the appointment of Chris Bartley as WPI's new head men's varsity basketball coach. Bartley succeeds Ken Kaufman, who led the Engineers for 32 years (26 as head coach), the longest tenure of any head coach at the university.
Bartley graduated from UMass-Lowell and is completing a master's degree in education at Cambridge College. He spent the last two years as assistant coach at Babson College, where he helped lead the Beavers to a second-place finish in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference in 2001 (the same year the team was named Most Improved Team in New England by the New England Basketball Coaches Association). In 1999, during his two-year stint as coach of the Medford High School boys basketball team, he received the Boston Globe Division I Coach of the Year award and the NBA's Greater Boston High School Sportsmanship Award.
This summer, Kaufman was elected first vice president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). He gave up his coaching duties in anticipation of the additional responsibilities he will assume after he becomes NABC president in March 2002. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. He will remain at WPI as assistant to the director of athletics, physical education instructor, and coordinator of summer sports camps. WPI's men's basketball team made its first appearance in the NCAA national Division III tournament in 1981 under Kaufman's coaching. The team he coached in 1984 finished with a 20-8 record and won the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship.
Links related to this article
- Press Release: Ken Kaufman to Step Down as WPI's Head Men's Varsity Basketball Coach
- Press Release: Bartley Named Head Men's Basketball Coach at WPI
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