Across the Athletic Director’s Desk

Donald E. Tencher
Director of Athletics
• The Department of Athletics and Recreation would like to join with our college community in extending our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to the family of the late Ivy Locke, RIC vice president for administration and finance. Dr. Locke has been a key player in the development of the new recreation center, and her guidance and expertise will missed tremendously as we move this project forward.

• Speaking of the Recreation Center, renovation plans continue to move forward at a rapid pace thanks to the leadership of RIC President Carriuolo and Vice President Gary Penfield, the expertise of Mr. Ed Brady and Mr. Paul Forte, and the efforts of so many other campus departments to ensure that this renovated facility will be a jewel for students to enjoy for many years to come. Watch this page for renderings as this project continues to progress.

RIC head coach Bob Walsh, left, with former
Providence College coach Pete Gillen in Indianapolis.
• The accolades and honors keep pouring in for head men’s basketball coach Bob Walsh and his 2009-10 Anchormen. Last week he was named 2010 Coach of the Year by the Rhode Island Basketball Media.

Additionally, his team was named Team-of-the-Year by the same organization. Last weekend in Indianapolis, Coach Walsh and his team were honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches at a luncheon held in conjunction with the NCAA’s Final Four. Congratulations Bob to you, your assistants and the members of the team.

• A couple of months ago we reported that alum Wileen Coyne ’55, who has played host to many college events in her native Florida, was quite ill. I am extremely happy to report that though Wileen has had a very tough few months, she is recovering nicely. Our best wishes go out to Wileen.

• The baseball team, under the guidance of first-year head coach Scott Virgulak swept a doubleheader from perennial power Southern Maine last weekend. This is the first time a RIC baseball team has swept Southern Maine since the Little East Conference was founded. Currently the team is 12-5. Great job Scott!

• Speaking of great jobs, I want to salute Andy Coughlin and his staff who have kept fields and facilities in tip-top shape despite some of the worst spring weather in 100 years.

• The women’s softball team continues their winning ways started at Spring Training as they move through their regular season schedule in quest of another regular season championship. Continued success to Coach Maria Morin and her Anchorwomen, who are 14-4.

• Congratulations to the 10 student-athletes who will be honored on Monday, April 26, by Speaker of the House Gordon Fox at a State House ceremony highlighting the accomplishments of the top student-athletes from the state’s three public institutions of higher learning. Also, student-athlete alumnus James Wade ’69 will be honored for his many accomplishments and his dedication to his alma mater. Jim has been instrumental in the success of the Anchor Club Golf Tournament and the Endless Summer Beach Party, and has been a very generous donor. This event will be held in the House chambers and is open to the public.