>> 2012 NABC East Region & Northeast-10 Coach of the Year
>> Has guided Ravens men's basketball to the postseason 14 times
>> Led the program to three-consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament appearances including an East Regional Championship in 2013, and a trip to the Elite Eight
David Chadbourne heads into his 19th season as head men's basketball coach at Franklin Pierce during the 2017-18 campaign.
During the 2016-17 season, the Ravens were selected as the preseason favorites in the Northeast Division of the NE10 Coaches Poll. Chadbourne led the Crimson and Grey to a 15-13 overall mark and a 12-9 showing in conference play that resulted in the third seed in the men's basketball championship. 2016-17 was the second straight season the Ravens have reached the NE10 postseason and the 14th time under Chadbourne's leadership. However, the Ravens fell by a 93-80 margin against the no. 2 seeded College of Saint Rose Golden Knights in the NE10 Quarterfinals. For the second straight season, Donte Gittens was named to the All-Conference Third Team while senior guard Matt Banton and junior forward Mike McDevitt were Honorable Mention selections. On November 16th, Chadbourne earned his 250th win as coach of the men's program with a 90-76 victory over at NE10 foe Saint Michael's.
In 2015-16, Chadbourne led the Ravens back to the NE-10 postseason with a 16-12, 12-9 conference mark which was good enough for the Northeast Division's fifth seed in the conference championship. FPU narrowly defeated Le Moyne 73-69 using a dagger layup by Donte Gittens with 38 seconds left to seal a trip to the NE-10 Quarterfinal. The crimson and grey were undone by a 17-4 run near halftime by top seeded Bentley and fell to the Falcons 86-71 ending the Ravens season.
During the 2014-15 season, the Ravens finished with a 15-13, 10-11 NE-10 mark and saw the departure of one of the programs most decorated players in Ryen Vilmont. Vilmont was named to the Northeast-10 second team during his senior campaign and finished his career as the 32nd member of the 1,000 point club while passing Jeff Manchester as the school's all-time leader in career three-pointers made. The crimson and grey missed the Northeast-10 Tournament for the first time in three years.
In 2013-14, Chadbourne led Franklin Pierce to a 21-8 record, marking the third-straight 20-win season. It also marked the first time since the school became an NCAA member that the program produced that many 20-win seasons in a row. The Ravens advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and was led by a trio of players who garnered conference and all-region honors under Chadbourne's mentorship. Senior forward Ellis Cooper was named to the All-Northeast-10 First-Team for his exemplary play during the regular season, while picking up NABC East Region First-Team and NCAA All-Regional honors during the postseason. Junior forward Ryen Vilmont was named to the All-NE-10 Second-Team, while freshman guard Donte Gittens was placed on the NE-10 All-Rookie Team. Under Chadbourne's tutelage, the Ravens earned their third-straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearance during 2013-14 campaign.
In 2012-13, Chadbourne guided the Ravens to a 24-9 record, marking the second-straight 20-win season for the program. Franklin Pierce advanced to the Elite Eight after winning the NCAA East Regional for the first time in program history with a 57-52 triumph over Bridgeport in the regional finals. Prior to winning the regional, Franklin Pierce kicked off its post-season run with a furious rally to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship game, thanks in large part to a 71-68 dispatching of top-seeded Saint Anselm on its own home court in the semifinals. Guard Eric Jean-Guillaume was named the NE-10 Player of the Year for the second-consecutive campaign, while also receiving NABC First-Team All-America honors for the second time as well.
The seeds for a successful 2012-13 campaign were planted the year before in the 2011-12 season, as the Ravens turned the fortunes of the program around with a fantastic year. Chadbourne led the Ravens to a 22-8 overall record, the Northeast-10 Conference regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Division II Tournament. A trio of players earned impressive accolades under his guidance, including Jean-Guillaume, who was named the NE-10 Player of the Year, while also gaining first-team All-America honors from the NABC. Jean-Guillaume was joined on the All-NE-10 First-Team by Cooper, who also collected a pair of All-East Region honors. Vilmont was named to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team after he tied for the league lead for the most freshman-of-the-week honors.
For his efforts, Chadbourne earned a pair of impressive awards, including being named the NE-10 and NABC East Region Coach of the Year.
The past two campaigns aren’t the only successful times Franklin Pierce has achieved during Chadbourne’s watch. He has overseen the school’s transition into one of the nation’s elite Division II conferences, and overall, Chadbourne has led the program to 12 trips to the conference tournament (including the 2000 NECC playoffs).
Chadbourne's eye for talent has been proven as he has produced 17 players who have combined to earn 25 All-Northeast-10 Conference accolades, seven Daktronics and five NABC All-Region selections. He also has coached one NCAA Division II East Regional All-Tournament team selection as well as two NABC All-Americans (Donald Johnson, 2001 & Jean-Guillaume, 2012 & 2013).
Taking Over the Reigns of Men’s Basketball
Chadbourne has a successful history at Franklin Pierce beyond his 17 seasons as head coach of the men's basketball team. He returned to the men's program following a three-year head-coaching stint with the women's team. Prior to his head stint of the women’s program, Chadbourne served as an assistant coach for the men’s program under former men's coach Art Luptowski.
Chadbourne led the Ravens to a 17-11 record and third place in the New England Collegiate Conference in his first season at the helm in 1999-00.
In 2000-2001, Franklin Pierce posted a 16-13 mark and sixth-place finish in its first season in the 15-team Northeast-10 Conference. The Ravens made a push in the postseason, advancing to the conference semifinals after posting the program's first win ever at Saint Anselm College's Stoutenburgh Gymnasium, defeating the Hawks (ranked 14th in Division II at the time) 89-76 in the quarterfinal round.
In 2001-02, Franklin Pierce earned a postseason berth, finishing in a three-way tie for seventh place in the Northeast-10. The Ravens posted a 15-12 record overall. The Ravens showed a knack for knocking off ranked opponents, opening the season with wins over two preseason Top 25 teams in winning the Clarion KFC/Subway Invitational.
In 2002-03, Franklin Pierce again reached the postseason and claimed an upset win at eighth-seeded Bryant College in the Northeast-10 Tournament first round before falling in the quarterfinal to a UMass Lowell team that went on to the Elite Eight.
Raven junior Jimmie Hunt was named a second team Daktronics and NABC All-Northeast selection, marking Chadbourne's first men's head coaching recruit to earn All-Region status
In 2003-04, the Ravens again made a trip to the NE-10 Tournament following a 14-14 campaign. For the first time, two Ravens earned All-Northeast-10 honors and a stocked recruiting class saw true freshman Darryl Minnifield pick up the first NE-10 All-Rookie team award in program history.
During Chadbourne's five years as an assistant with the men's team, the Ravens made three trips to the NCAA Tournament and won the 1995-96 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) regular-season championship.
Coaching Success for Several Programs
In 1996-97, Chadbourne replaced Steve Hancock and helped the injury-plagued Franklin Pierce women's basketball team to a 17-11 clip. He then guided the Ravens to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and a record of 46-13 during his final two seasons as coach.
Along the way, Chadbourne was named NECC Coach of the Year in 1998 as the Ravens posted a school-best 15-1 record in the Conference, claiming the regular-season title.
Chadbourne has also coached several other teams at Franklin Pierce, serving as baseball coach in 1996 and 1998, softball coach in 1995, and the men's and women's tennis coach in 1993 and 1994. In 1993, he led the men's tennis team to the NECC title and a runner-up spot in 1994.
Before joining the Franklin Pierce coaching staff in 1991, Chadbourne was an assistant basketball and baseball coach at his alma mater, St. Joseph's College, in Standish, Maine, for four years.
A standout player for the Monks, Chadbourne established single-season and career school records in assists and ranks fifth on St. Joe's all-time scoring list. In his senior year, the Monks became the first team in New England to advance to the second round of the NAIA National Tournament. He led St. Joseph's to more than 100 wins in his playing career. Chadbourne was honored by his alma mater in the fall of 2001, when he was inducted into the Saint Joseph's College Athletics Hall of Fame.
A native of Claremont, Calif., Chadbourne currently lives in Jaffrey, with his wife, Michele, and daughters Madison, Katherine Rose and Grace. Madison is currently a freshman at Saint Joseph's, Maine.
Women's Basketball Head Coach (1996-99)
|Year||Wins||Losses||Conf. Wins||Conf. Losses||Highlights|
|1997-98||24||6||15||1||NECC Coach of the Year, NECC Champions|
|1998-99||22||7||15||3||NECC Co-Champions, NCAA Tournament|
|3 Year Total||63||24||44||6||.724 Overall / .880 NECC|
Men's Basketball Head Coach (1999-Present)
|Year||Wins||Losses||Conf. Wins||Conf. Losses||Highlights|
|2011-12||22||8||18||4||NE-10 Regular Season Champions, NCAA Tournament|
|2012-13||24||9||16||6||NE-10 Tournament, NCAA East Regional, Elite Eight|
|2013-14||21||8||15||6||NE-10 Tournament, NCAA Tournament|
|17 Year Total||263||247||193||193||.516 Overall / .500 Conference|
|FPU Total||326||271||237||199||.546 Overall / .544 Conference|