Tom Devitt has been named Interim Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Hartford. Devitt took the reins of the program at the onset of his 10th season with the Hawks, having spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach. He also served as Hartford’s director of basketball operations from 2013-15. Devitt replaces John Gallagher, who resigned yesterday.
Widely recognized for his experienced scouting ability, Devitt was instrumental in preparing the Hawks for both the 2021 America East semifinal victory against Vermont and the Championship win over UMass Lowell. That year the Hawks knocked off No. 2 UVM, in Burlington, Vt., before turning around to take down the River Hawks by 14 points in the America East title game. That championship was the first in program history and earned Hartford its first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Devitt brought more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to Hartford, including four NCAA Tournament appearances in his time at the Division I level.
He also spent 11 seasons as the head coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Devitt helped turn around Wentworth’s program, leading the Leopards to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship and an NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in 2007.
A two-time CCC Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2010, Devitt concluded his tenure as the all-time winningest coach in program history (139). He led his squad to eight consecutive CCC Tournament appearances and four-straight ECAC Tournament bids in his final four seasons.
Devitt gained NCAA Division I basketball experience early in his career as he started out as an undergraduate student assistant for the Boston College men’s hoops team. After graduating in 1993, he remained at his alma mater for four more years as the Eagles’ director of basketball operations.
Devitt helped the Eagles claim the BIG EAST Championship in 1997, with Boston College losing to St. Joseph’s in the second round. Prior to that Devitt was a part of the 1994 Boston College squad that made an impressive run to the Elite Eight. As a No. 9 seed, the Eagles knocked off defending national champion and No. 1-ranked North Carolina in the second round as well as Indiana in the Sweet 16.
Following his stint at Boston College, Devitt, a Washington, D.C. native, returned to his hometown to take on his first assistant coaching job with the men’s basketball team at American University.