UMass Boston Athletics Mourns the Loss of Longtime Friend Rodney Hughes

BOSTON, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Boston athletics family was saddened by the passing of longtime friend and colleague Rodney Hughes, who passed away early last week, he was 63.  Hughes survived by his wife, Faye, three children, Devon, Errin, Chanel-Shearez, and three grandchildren, Terrence, Trenton, and Tatum.

Hughes, a former assistant men’s basketball coach, Director of Community Outreach and Assistant Athletics Director at UMass Boston will be laid to rest this Friday in a special ceremony held in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.

“Rodney was a man of integrity, he walked with great dignity.  He believed his mission in life was to serve others and he did that with great passion,” said longtime friend and Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation Charlie Titus.

A member of the men’s basketball coaching staff for over 30 years, Hughes played an instrumental part in establishing the first-ever varsity program at UMass Boston alongside Titus.  Hughes coached in a variety of basketball leagues throughout the city including the Boston Amateur Basketball Club.  A member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Hughes was appointed to the organization’s Assistant Coaches Committee in 1992. 

He also spent over 30 years as a member of the International Association of Basketball Officials and in 1999 was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame.  He was most recently inducted into the UMass Boston Athletics Hall of Fame as a founding member of the first-ever UMass Boston men’s basketball club team alongside Titus.

When not on the hardwood, Hughes was an integral part in the local Boston community serving as the athletic department’s Directory of Community Outreach.  During his time, he served as the project administrator for the National Youth Sports Program which offered a camp at no charge for more than 500 children in the greater Boston area each summer and also established and ran the Reggie Lewis basketball camp along with the late Reggie Lewis.  Throughout his many years working with the local community Hughes influenced countless children and families and made it his life mission to better their lives anyway he could.

A viewing will be held on Friday, May 24 at 9 a.m. in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium on the campus of UMass Boston.  The service will then be held promptly at 10 a.m. followed by a repass in the Clark Athletic Center lobby.  For more information please contact Maria Marcelino at maria.marcelino@umb.edu.

Floral Arrangements – if you wish to send an arrangement, the delivery address is UMASS Boston, Clark Athletic Center, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125.  We are accepting deliveries on Thursday, May 23rd between 3-6 p.m. and again on Friday, May 24th  between 7-8 a.m.

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