Kristina Baugh returns for her fourth season as head women's basketball coach at UMass Boston in 2018.
Baugh put together a master class in coaching during the 2017-18 season, as she led one of the youngest teams in the nation to a 25-4 record. The third-year head coach led an 18-woman roster that featured 13 freshman and 15 total new faces. UMass Boston set new program records for wins (25), conference wins (12), winning streak (13) and highest-ever finish in conference play (second).
After a 1-1 start to the season, UMass Boston went undefeated over a two-month span, putting together 13-straight wins, including victories over NCAA Tournament sides MIT and Becker College. After seeing their winning streak come to an end at UMass Dartmouth, the Beacons closed out the regular season with eight wins in their last nine games-including their first-ever season sweep of the University of Southern Maine. The Beacons entered the LEC Tournament as the second seed and easily dispatched #7 Plymouth State University 77-63 and #3 University of Southern Maine 61-46. Facing off against top seed UMass Dartmouth on the Corsairs' home floor, UMass Boston orchestrated a fourth-quarter rally to earn their first-ever LEC Title (65-56) and first trip to the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, UMass Boston led St. Joseph's College of Maine for most of the contest, before ultimately falling 61-56.
Baugh took over the program in August of 2015 and led UMass Boston to their third-most successful season in program history. The Beacons finished 16-12 and earned upset wins over #3 Western Connecticut State University and #2 Keene State College in the Little East Conference Tournament to earn a spot in the LEC Championship Game for a second-consecutive season.
During the 2016-17 season, UMass Boston struggled to overcome the loss of All-American Olivia Murphy and finished the season 9-17. The Beacons did earn wins over NCAA Tournament teams Westfield State University (MASCAC) and Keene State College (LEC Tournament Champion) during the course of the regular-season.
Formerly the top assistant at Division Central Connecticut State University, Baugh is looking to take the Beacons to new heights.
While with the Blue Devils, Baugh played a major part in two winning seasons, and helped the team to a combined 46 victories over three seasons. During that span, the CCSU advanced to the Northeast Conference tournament twice, and the NIT Tournament once. This past season, CCSU posted 19 victories, second most since the program jumped to the Division I level, and earned a share of the Northeast Conference Regular Season title, the first-ever in school history.
Under her tutelage she would see three players earn All-Conference accolades, while one, Jess Babe, earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
Prior to her arrival in New Britain, Baugh served as the head men’s basketball coach of the Carolina Cheetahs of the American Basketball Association (ABA). In her one season with the Cheetahs he squad posted a combined 14 victories, and led the team to the postseason tournament in their first year of existence.
A 2007 graduate of Providence College where she was a four-year member of the basketball program. During her career, she appeared a total of 109 games for the Friars. In 2015 she earned her Master’s Degree from Central Connecticut State.