D-II coach takes over at Newbury

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Newbury has announced that Don Doucette has been hired as athletic director and men's basketball coach effective immediately. Doucette makes his return to the New England area after a stint at Central Missouri State, the winningest Division II program in the country.

Doucette is taking over a very young Nighthawks program that had only seven wins last season. He is also looking to help lead Newbury in becoming a full active member of the NCAA. He compiled an 89-76 record at Central Missouri, resigning after posting a 12-15 mark each of the past two seasons.

Before CMSU he was at Chaminade as the basketball coach and athletic director. He was named Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the team to 12 wins in his initial season. He also oversaw the prestigious Maui Invitational, which featured teams such as Duke, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Arizona.

Doucette also had a 5-year stay at North Carolina-Ashville where he accumulated 55 wins during his stay. He also won a conference championship in 1989.

He made his biggest mark during the 1987-1988 season at Massachusetts-Lowell. He took that team all the way to the promised land, as they won the Division II national championship. He was also named Division II Coach of the Year. In five years at Lowell he had an 84-63 record.

Doucette's coaching career began at Division III Salem State. He led the team to a 23-5 record and their first NCAA Tournament appearance in his only season. He was also an assistant at Merrimack for two seasons.

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