Five inducted into RIC Athletic Hall of Fame; four others receive special honors

Rhode Island College inducted five new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame, retired a men’s basketball jersey and recognized several key contributors at a gala event held on Oct. 1 in Donovan Dining Center as part of Homecoming 2011.

Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Eric Gibree
Eric A. Gibree ’05 was an outstanding baseball player from 2000-04 at Rhode Island College. The Bristol native closed out his career having appeared in 138 games, starting 133 of them.

At the time of his graduation, the first baseman owned seven RIC all-time records and five RIC single-season high marks.

As a junior and senior he was named First Team All-Little East Conference. As a sophomore, Gibree was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.

After wrapping up his career on the RIC diamond, he played professionally with the Elmira Pioneers. Gibree was named to the Rhode Island College baseball All-75th Anniversary Team in 2005.

Gibree earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Rhode Island College in 2005. He is currently a sales representative with A. Fiorillo and Company.

Katherine McCalligett
Katherine E. McCalligett ’05 had an accomplished indoor and outdoor track & field career from 2001-05 and still holds the RIC record in the 400m for both the indoor (59.11) and outdoor (59.10) campaigns.

Over the course of her career, the Warwick, R.I. native totaled one ECAC, 10 All-New England and 22 N.E. All-Alliance accolades. She was selected to RIC’s All-75th Anniversary Women’s Track & Field Team in 2005.

The R.I. Speaker of the House and House of Representatives named her a Scholar-Athlete twice in her career. She received RIC’s Helen M. Murphy Award in ’05.

McCalligett graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rhode Island College in 2005. She is currently a registered nurse at Rhode Island Hospital.

David Moore
David T. Moore ’59 was a standout athlete at R.I.C.E. from 1955-59, earning nine varsity letters in basketball, soccer and track. Moore was a three-year starter for the Anchormen on the basketball court, and is considered to be one of the top rebounders and defensive specialists of his era. Moore earned four letters during his tenure with the team and served as the team co-captain during his senior year in 1959.

Moore joined the soccer team in 1957 and instantly became a starting halfback, playing in every game during his junior and senior seasons to earn two varsity letters. Moore also ran track for three years, earning three more varsity letters.

Upon his graduation in 1959, Moore worked in the North Providence School Department for two years as a teacher and also coached basketball, baseball and track. Moore then spent the next 28 years in the Cumberland School Department, spending six years as a teacher, three as a guidance counselor and the final 19 years as a principal before retiring.

Gary Penfield
Dr. Gary M. Penfield, RIC’s current vice president for student affairs, has been a key contributor to the college’s rise in the athletic arena on the national stage.

Penfield has been responsible for the oversight of intercollegiate athletics and recreation for over 35 years. His leadership has been instrumental in the department’s most successful period of growth and achievement in college history.

A student-athlete himself, Penfield played soccer and baseball at the State University of New York at Albany.

Penfield earned his doctorate at the University of Cincinnati in 1975. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1963 and his master’s degree in 1965.

Carminda Rocha
Carminda M. Rocha ’04 remains Rhode Island College’s all-time women’s tennis leader with 54 career singles victories. During her career, which spanned from 1999-03, Rocha won at every level she competed at, earning Little East Conference Individual Championships at No. 2 singles (’03, ’02), No. 4 singles (’00, ’99) and shared a No. 2 doubles title (’00).

The Rumford native owns a 54-10-1 (.838) career singles mark and a 45-16 (.738) career doubles mark for 77.0 career points. Rocha was a part of three Little East Conference Championship teams.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Rhode Island College in 2004. Rocha is 1999 graduate of East Providence High School. Rocha is currently an elementary music teacher at Nathanael Greene Elementary School in Pawtucket.

Men’s basketball jersey retirement

Ray Huelbig
Former men’s basketball player Ray Huelbig ’72 had his No. 14 jersey retired at the Athletic Recognition Dinner and raised to The Murray Center rafters.

Huelbig, a RIC Athletic Hall of Famer and All-75th Men’s Basketball Team selection who scored 1,472 career points, will join Rick Wilson ’72, Alex Butler ’98, Richard Rouleau ’68 and Mike Van Leesten ’65 as the only former players with their jersey’s retired.

Special recognition

Dolores Passarelli

Francis “Bud” Goodwin
In addition to the Hall of Fame induction and jersey retirement, Dolores Passarelli ’74 and Francis “Bud” Goodwin ’76 received the Bourget Award of Merit for their exemplary contributions to Rhode Island College Athletics and most notably its student-athletes.

Passarelli, who serves as RIC’s director of the Office of Academic Support and Information Services (OASIS), has been instrumental in aiding countless student-athletes with academic support and counseling.

George Tracy
Goodwin, a former baseball and men’s basketball player, was recognized for his continued involvement with numerous athletic department endeavors.

The late George Tracy ’51 had a room in The Murray Center dedicated in his name.