Across the Athletic Director’s Desk

Donald E. Tencher
Director of Athletics
• I would like to congratulate alums Jo-Ann D’Alessandro ‘88, Cathy Lanni ‘88, Claudia DeFaria ‘96, Wayne Montague ‘82, Charlie Wilkes ‘64, Mike Van Leesten ‘65, G. Gail Davis, Sean Reddy, Gerry ‘71 and Donald Suggs and Jim Donaldson ‘40 on their selection to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

Also, former coach and college employee Dennis McGovern and his son Brian will be enshrined. Alumnus Vin Cullen is a key member of the hall’s selection committee. The event will take place on Oct. 16 at Mohegan Sun Casino.

• Calling all basketball fans – the Anchormen will once again open their basketball season against the URI Rams at the Ryan Center on Tuesday, Nov. 10. More information on tickets and events surrounding the game to follow in coming weeks.

• Look for a brand new sports show on Anchormen and Anchorwomen athletics to be launched on a weekly basis in early October. Learn about teams, special events, coaches and, most of all, student-athletes in this webcast event.

• It’s early yet, but the women’s tennis and volleyball teams are off to a great start. The men’s and women’s soccer teams are playing well, but struggling a bit. The cross-country teams are just getting underway.

• There are still tickets available for this year’s Athletic Recognition and Hall of Fame Dinner to be held the Saturday of Homecoming. Call (401) 456-8007 for information.

• As part of Homecoming 2009, there will be alumni games taking place including softball on Friday night under the lights, women’s and men’s soccer, and baseball on Saturday.

• Also, on Sunday of Homecoming Weekend, the baseball team will be holding its annual golf tournament. For more information, contact the baseball office at (401) 456-8258.

Scott Virgulak
• Congratulations to alum Scott Virgulak '03 on his appointment as the new head coach of Anchormen baseball. Also, a giant thank you to former coach and alum Jay Grenier ‘81 who took the program to new heights during his tenure. We wish both of these men good luck in the future.

• RIC Athletics was recently selected for a grant called “My Playbook.”

• My deepest sympathy goes out to faculty member Robert Cvornyek and his family, on the passing of his mother Lorraine. Bob is always available to help the athletic department and our student-athletes. Whenever possible, his mother took in an Anchormen or Anchorwomen event, and she had a lifetime love affair with sports.

• On August 14, over 25 members of RIC's baseball program from 1963-68 held a reunion where they honored their coach, Don Puretz. Coach Puretz and his wife Anne came from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where the coach continues to teach at SUNY. The group hopes to make this an annual reunion and donated $200 in honor of the event to the Anchor Fund.

• We are happy to announce that the renovation project for the Recreation Center is full steam ahead as the architect, DesignPartnership of Cambridge, has been named.