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Mr. Serge DeBari

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  • degree , Sociology
  • Tufts
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Serge DeBari is a retired ..., 6 July 2015 [cached]
Serge DeBari is a retired Assumption College basketball coach and was new to the line of work when he joined CASA in October 2013. He said that, like him, not many people joining the non-profit organization know anything about foster care, but the training sessions are highly informative. Mr. DeBari, of Holden, has worked three cases with CASA, the last of which has already been closed. He is also a member of the CASA Board of Directors and the coordinator of a fundraising golf tournament for the program. According to Mr. DeBari, what distinguishes CASA from typical volunteer work is the emotional investment.
Mr. DeBari said that although a CASA volunteer typically only has to commit seven to 10 hours in person per week, the work is self-scheduled, making the time commitment difficult to quantify.
Mr. DeBari described the role of volunteers as like that of a private investigator. After learning about a childs situation, they feed material up the food chain, he said. From the board of directors standpoint, Mr. DeBari said, the volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization. When someone works with CASA, they volunteer not only their time, but their whole person, he said.
Men's Basketball, 3 June 2010 [cached]
The victory improved the Greyhounds record to 3-0 on the season (2-0 in the conference) and was No. 350 in the storied career of veteran head coach SERGE DE BARI '71. DeBari's record now stands at 350-264 in his 25th season as a head coach at both Babson College and Assumption College. His record at Assumption College, now in his ninth season is 126-113.
In addition, women's coach KERRY PHAYRE has improved her career win total with the Greyhounds to 196, while men's coach SERGE DE BARI '71 has improved his win total to 96.
Coach Serge DeBari's ..., 15 July 2011 [cached]
Coach Serge DeBari's memorable career comes to an end Coach Serge DeBari's memorable career comes to an end - Sports - Le Provocateur
Coach Serge DeBari's memorable career comes to an end
Published: Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Updated: Friday, July 15, 2011 11:07
After Serge DeBari retired from coaching the first time 12 years ago he never thought he would step foot on the court as a head coach again. However, seven years later he found himself back in Laska gym bringing Assumption from finishing 15th in the NE-10 conference to finishing third, in just two years. Now, after a long career of coaching basketball, Coach DeBari has made the decision to retire from his head coaching position of the men's basketball team at the end of this season, this time for good. But as the saying goes, as one door closes another opens. DeBari started his collegiate basketball career right here at Assumption, playing for the Hounds from 1967 to 1971. DeBari was not just an average player for the Hounds; he captained his team to a national championship in 1971 and was named MVP of the team twice during his career. DeBari, however, is modest about his individual success; he flourishes in the success of his team as a whole. "Perennially we were in the midst of the run where we appeared in the NCAA tournament for about 16 or 17 years in a row. We were in the NCAA's every year; we were ranked at the top of the college division basketball in New England every year, and it sort of culminated senior year when we were voted the UPI National champions; which was a big deal back then. Back then, he also noted, being voted the number one team by the UPI coaching poll was much more publicized and desirable for teams in the college division than competing in the NCAA tournament.
Basketball was a much different sport when he was a player. When DeBari played there was no three-point line, the only way to get a three-point play was to get fouled on a made shot and then sink your foul shot. In other words, all field goals were worth two points. There was also no shot clock for college basketball; players had as much time as they wanted to get their shot off. DeBari remembered that the game was much more team oriented than it is today, "That was how I grew up in the early sixties, in the offences five men would touch the ball every time down. Everybody could catch the ball, everybody could dribble the ball, and everybody could pass the ball because that was part of the game."
Following his graduation from Assumption College, DeBari immediately found a coaching position at Dartmouth College. "I coached at Fairfield, Dartmouth and then I came back here as an assistant coach. So I was an assistant for about nine years, seven here, Dartmouth and Fairfield were in there also, and then I became the head coach at Babson college," said DeBari.
Babson proved to be the first challenge and subsequent proof of DeBari's superior coaching ability. Prior to DeBari's arrival at Babson, the basketball program was in dire need of a complete overhaul. "The program hadn't had a winning season in about 15 years-it was not a very high profile basketball program. It was a great athletic school-- they had won national championships in soccer--but basketball was dismal. The condition of the basketball program was only further exemplified by the condition of the gym where they held their home games, "[It] used to leak; it was crazy," he recalled. However, DeBari was determined to make a change in the program, "We put it in the right direction because it was a phenomenal school, and then they decided to build a new athletics facility. From there, the basketball program started to turn around seeing success that it hadn't in 15 years. "When the athletics facility hit we skyrocketed: we became a real strong team, winning 20 games, we went to the NCAAs, we were the best team in New England one year. so we did some real nice things."
Despite his success in reigniting the basketball program at Babson, when DeBari saw the opportunity to return to his roots at Assumption College, he jumped to it. "You always think about coaching at your Alma Mata. It wasn't an easy decision; I was very happy at Babson. I really thought that [Assumption] was better than 1-53, so I decided that was the right thing to do for me." Similar to Babson, Assumption was suffering a stretch of unsuccessful seasons. DeBari once again took on the challenge of changing things around. "We had to rebuild. When you're 1-53 it's not because of bad coaching. We rebuilt, and in my third year we won the conference championship. We went to the NCAAs and we got to the final 16. The turnaround of the program was a sure sign of DeBari's ability to build and maintain a successful basketball team.
After just four seasons with the Hounds, however, DeBari made the decision to retire, but didn't stray far from the school. Instead, he was hired by the College to work in the admissions department. DeBari recalled with admiration his time spent working at the admissions office: "It was great. They were great people and they work really hard. Some of the ladies that I worked with are still down there, and they are just lovely people who are so dedicated, it's incredible. One of those ladies was Dean of Enrollment Kathy Murphy, who mirrored DeBari's comments as she spoke fondly of his time in the office: "Before I knew him personally I was kind of intimidated by him; his size and his voice.
In the 2004 -2005 basketball season, DeBari's former team suffered a dismal 4-23 season. When the head coaching position opened up the following year, the former coach saw it as fate for him to return to the team, "I didn't think there would be any possibility of coming back. But then fate's hands came the opportunity arose."
In his final year at Assumption, DeBari and the Hounds ended the season by qualifying to compete in the NE-10 Conference tournament, but ultimately fell to Saint Anselm 77-61 in the first round. Senior Captian Mike Balderelli, who has had DeBari as a coach for all four years of his Assumption career, commented on his experience: "I couldn't picture myself playing for anyone but Serge.
Assumption, 15 Feb 2011 [cached]
DeBari, '71, to retire after season
Assumption Men's Basketball Head Coach Serge DeBari announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season, completing all his duties through May 30, 2011, and taking advantage of a voluntary early retirement program offered to long-term employees of the college.
"It is extraordinarily satisfying to finish my career in coaching at the institution I played at. DeBari said. "My professional life has been focused on the college, and it's been an honor to give back to the school that has given so much to me."
DeBari is in his tenth season as the coach of the Greyhounds. His many accomplishments include two Northeast-10 conference championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. At press time, he had a coaching record of 146-139 at Assumption. DeBari had previously coached at Babson College from 1980-1995, and the total record for his head coaching career currently stands at 370-290. Along the way, he has helped dozens of young Assumption student-athletes prepare themselves for life after graduation.
DeBari graduated from Assumption in 1971 with a degree in Sociology. During his four years as a player for the Men's Basketball team, DeBari led the Greyhounds to a 74-21 record, and was inducted into the Assumption Hall of Fame in 1978. He scored 1,493 points during his career, graduating as the Greyhounds' all-time scoring leader at that time.
"I want to thank Coach DeBari for all his contributions to Assumption. Athletics Director Ted Paulauskas said. "Serge was a great player, a very successful coach and the director of admissions for five years. His successor will inherit a strong group of returning players."
"We've been a typical .500 team ..., 26 Jan 2011 [cached]
"We've been a typical .500 team - we play good, we play bad, we play good and bad in games, we play good in practice, we play bad in practice," Assumption coach Serge DeBari said. "We just have difficulty sustaining good stuff for 40 minutes. We had a bad stretch in this game, but it was predominantly one of our better wire-to-wire wins."
"We knew they'd come back - they're a talented team, and Thomas Baudinet arguably is the best player in the league offensively," DeBari said.
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