James Kent was a two-sport star at Boston State College, making his mark as a football and lacrosse player. The offensive guard was a four-time New England Football Conference All-Star selection and an All-America Honorable Mention during his four-year career from 1971-74. He captained the 1974 squad to the NEFC championship, while being named the Warriors' Most Valuable Player as a senior. His athletic prowess wasn't limited to the gridiron, however, as he enjoyed a stellar senior campaign on the lacrosse field, earning All-Conference honors as well as team MVP accolades, while guiding Boston State as its captain. Following his playing career, the 1975 BSC graduate returned to the Warriors' football program patrolling the sidelines as an assistant coach for eight years, including Boston State's 1978 New England Football Conference championship run. Kent made the transition to UMass Boston as the Beacons Head Football Coach from 1984-93, overseeing UMass Boston's ascension from a club team to a varsity program during his tenure. He mentored the 1987 club team to an undefeated season and was honored as Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1989. His 1990 squad established itself as a significant force in the NEFC, setting 36 conference records and four NCAA standards, while finishing the season with a 5-4 mark.