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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. "When people volunteer (with other organizations) ... you put your time in but you don't take it home with you," said Mr. DeBari who previously volunteered with the Red Cross. Mr. DeBari said that although a CASA volunteer typically only has to commit seven to 10 hours in person per month, 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 child's 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.
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.
The naming of Mahar caps a national search to replace Serge DeBari '71, who retired following the 2010-2011 season.
Coach DeBari leaves behind a strong group of young players who represent the College so well.
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 - 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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