DíALESSANDRO, EMOND, GIBSON, HICKEY, LANNI, & LYNCH TO ENTER ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
Providence, RI--Six Rhode Island College alumni will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the Intercollegiate Athletics Recognition Dinner to be held on Saturday, October 2. The event will be held in conjunction with the Homecoming Festivities.
Jo-Ann DíAlessandro (Ď88) was a guard on RICís womenís basketball team from 1983-87. She is RICís second all-time leading scorer with 1,426 career points. She holds the RIC record for the most career assists and is second in career field goal percentage. DíAlessandro was a member of RICís ECAC Division III Championship team during the 1985-86 season.
She is currently the Director of Recreation for the Town of North Providence, a position she has held since 1995. Prior to taking the Directorís position, she was the Assistant Director for eight years.
DíAlessandro was formerly the Head Basketball Coach at Tolman High School in Pawtucket from 1992-95. She has also been an assistant coach at the Community College of Rhode Island and North Providence High School.
DíAlessandro resides in North Providence.
Pierre Emond (Ď69) was a forward on RICís menís basketball team and also served as an assistant coach for the team after graduation. Bill Baird, who Emond played for and coached with, remembers Emond as an outstanding player. "Pete was a quick, hustling player who always filled in on the fast break. He was a hard worker and a very mature player."
Upon his graduation from RIC, Emond taught French and history in North Providence for 28 years from 1970-97. He currently teaches French at Mt. St. Charles Academy, a position he has held since September of 1997.
Emond resides in Pawtucket.
Larry Gibson (Ď75) spent four years as a shooting guard on RICís menís basketball team. He was also a pitcher on the baseball team. Gibson, like Emond, also played for Bill Baird. Baird remembers Gibson as one of his best all-time players. "Larry was a great all-around person. He was a good leader who led by example and had an outstanding work ethic." He is 17th all-time at RIC with 1,131 career points.
Gibson earned his MBA from Providence College in 1982. He was the Vice President of Harvard Health for seven years before leaving recently to start his own consulting business.
Gibson resides in Cumberland.
Donald Hickey (Ď62) was a three-sport standout during his years at RIC. He played four seasons of basketball and soccer, while playing three seasons of baseball. As a forward in basketball, Hickey was known as a fierce competitor, a brilliant passer and an excellent team player.
He earned his masters degree in education from RIC in 1969. Hickey was a teacher in Providence from 1962-73. He was the assistant principal at Bishop Hendricken High School from 1973-86. He was also a State Senator from 1977-86. Upon his retirement from teaching, Hickey worked for the State of Rhode Island as the Director of the Retirement Board from 1986-90.
Hickey resides in Smithfield.
Cathy Lanni (Ď88) was an All-American forward on RICís womenís basketball team from 1983-88. She is RICís all-time leading scorer with 1,677 points. She also holds the school record for the most career rebounds at 1,101. Lanni is the only RIC player to ever total over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. Lanni, like DíAlessandro, was a member of RICís ECAC Division III Championship team during the 1985-86 season.
After three outstanding seasons, Lanni missed the entire 1986-87 season with a broken foot. She came back to lead the team in scoring and rebounding as a senior in 1987-88.
She is currently the Assistant Director for Ocean State Outreach. Lanni resides in North Providence.
Margaret "Peggy" Lynch (Ď85) was an outstanding basketball player at RIC from 1981-85 and still ranks in the top ten in several single-season and career statistical categories. She is one of the top female basketball officials in the state, working at both the high school and collegiate level.
Lynch is currently the Solicitor for the City of Pawtucket. She was formerly an Assistant to the Rhode Island Attorney General.
She was honored by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education as a Distinguished Student-Athlete Alumna this past May. Lynch was a 1998 Honor Roll recipient by the Rhode Island College Alumni Association.
Lynch resides in Pawtucket.