Rhode Island College
Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2005


Providence, RIóRhode Island College inducted eight members into its Athletic Hall of Fame at Collegeís annual Athletic Recognition Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 1, in conjunction with Homecoming.


     Mike Butler í86 starred as an outfielder at Rhode Island College from 1983-86. During his four-year career, he batted .369 in 109 games with 137 hits, 85 runs scored, 79 RBI, 29 doubles, six triples, nine home runs and 41 stolen bases.
     Butler ranks third all-time at RIC in career doubles, fifth in batting and stolen bases, sixth in hits and is tenth in runs scored.
     At the time of his graduation in 1986, the Bristol native was second all-time at RIC in career doubles, was third in batting and hits, as well as fourth in career steals.
     He was a two-time All-New England selection, earning First Team honors as a senior in 1986. That same year, Butlerís .438 batting average was 24th in the nation and he was selected to play in the annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Star Game played at Fenway Park. Butler notched one hit in two at bats in the game.
     He was recently named to RICís All-75th Anniversary Baseball Team.
     He earned a bachelorís degree in political science from RIC in 1986. He also minored in criminal justice. Butler is currently a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, a position heís held for 19 years.
     He resides in Barrington, Rhode Island with his wife Laura. They have two children: Ryan (13) and Katelyn (10).


     Marc Dubois í91 was a dominant menís tennis player at Rhode Island College from 1987-90. From the first time he stepped on the court at RIC, Dubois occupied the number one singles and doubles spots, going up against the oppositionís top players in every match. Thatís what makes his 42-3 career singles record and 27-11 career doubles records so impressive.
     The Woonsocket nativeís .933 career singles winning percentage is the highest mark in RIC menís tennis history. He is second all-time at RIC with 55.5 career points and 42 career singles victories. Duboisí 27 career doubles wins ranks fifth all-time at RIC.
     He went 11-0 in singles as a sophomore in 1988 and 12-0 as a junior in 1989 and is one of only three players in RIC menís tennis history to conclude a season without a blemish on their record. In addition to his 12-0 singles mark in 1989, Dubois went 6-2 in doubles and helped RIC to an 11-1 overall record, the best season in RIC menís tennis history.
      He was recently named to RICís All-75th Anniversary Menís Tennis Team.
     He earned a bachelorís degree in accounting from Rhode Island College in 1991 and his MBA in international business from Johnson and Wales University in 1994.
     Dubois is currently the treasury operations manager for One Beacon Insurance.
    He resides in North Smithfield, Rhode Island with his wife Karen. They have two children: Meaghan (7) and Matthew (5).


     Mike Manzo í95 was an outstanding outfielder for the Anchormen from 1983-86. During his four-year career, he batted .363 in 108 games with 138 hits, 92 runs scored, 82 RBI, 17 doubles, four triples and 16 home runs.
     The Providence native is currently fifth all-time at RIC in career hits, is tied for sixth in career homers, is seventh in career batting and eighth in career runs scored and RBI.
     As a junior in 1985, Manzo batted .462, the highest single-season average in Rhode Island College baseball history. He belted three home runs in a game twice during his career, once against Suffolk and again vs. Stonehill. He was named RIC Baseballís Rookie of the Year in 1983.
     He was recently named to RICís All-75th Anniversary Baseball Team.
    Manzo earned a bachelorís degree in political science from Rhode Island College in 1995. He earned his masterís degree in political science from California State University Fullerton in 1998.
    He is currently a teacher at Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, California where he also serves as the Director of Athletics and is an Assistant Baseball Coach. In 2002, the Lancers won the California Interscholastic League Southern Section title, deemed California State champions, and received national recognition finishing atop the USA Today high school baseball poll as well as ranked as the #1 high school baseball team by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.
     He resides in Hacienda Heights, California.


     Vincent McCrystal í51 was a three-year letterwinner in basketball during his career as an Anchorman. As a forward, he was one of the top scorers and rebounders on a team that included fellow RIC Athletic Hall of Famers Cappy Asermely í51 and Paul Donovan í51.
     A native of Pawtucket, McCrystal was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball while at St. Raphael Academy. He began his collegiate career at Georgetown University and suffered a career-ending knee injury during his freshman year and later transferred into R.I.C.E.
     After a three-year stint in the Marine Corps from 1951-54, he embarked on a long career as an educator and coach. From 1954-62, he taught social studies at St. Raphael Academy and captured the Rhode Island Class B Football State Championship in 1961.
     McCrystal moved to East Providence High School from 1962-71 where he also served as the head boysí basketball coach. The Townies made the R.I. State Playoffs every season and were New England semi-finalists in 1964.
    McCrystal retired in 1988 after spending 17 years as an administrator in the Cumberland School System, serving in the Principalís capacity at North Cumberland Middle School and as the Assistant Principal at Cumberland High School.
     He earned a bachelorís degree in education from the Rhode Island College of Education in 1951.
     He resides in Rumford, Rhode Island. He has four children: Lynn (52), Suzanne (50), Vincent (49), Tim (43) and ten grandchildren.


     After a three-year stint as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division in the U.S. Army, Joe Menard í60 came to R.I.C.E. in 1956. The Pawtucket native attended classes for two years at the old campus site, where the Providence Place Mall is now located, and spent the next two years at the Collegeís current Mt. Pleasant location.
     Menard started every game as a goalkeeper on RICís menís soccer team for three seasons from 1957-60 and also played junior varsity basketball where he was a guard. After earning his bachelorís degree in education, he returned to RIC and earned his M.Ed. in 1964.
     He began a long career as an educator, first as a mathematics teacher in the Pawtucket school system from 1964-69 before moving on to the Community College of Rhode Island where he spent the next 21 years as a mathematics professor. Along the way, Menard earned his doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University (FL) in 1976. He retired from CCRI in 1990 and was awarded Professor Emeritus in 2001.
     His love of athletics has never waned as he begins his 41st year as a swimming official with the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (R.I.I.L.) this fall.
     Menard received the Rhode Island College Alumni of the Year Award in 1977 and was inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame in 1997.
     He resides in Riverside, Rhode Island with his wife Edith í59. The couple has two sons: Jim (44) and Steve (42) and five grandchildren.


     Shana (Willis) OíConnor í98 is one of the most dominant softball players in Rhode Island College history. A pitcher and outfielder, Willis could control a game from the pitching circle or from the plate.
     At the conclusion of her career in 1998, the Westerly native was RICís all-time leader in games played, at-bats, batting average, runs scored, RBI, hits, doubles, total bases, slugging percentage, pitching appearances, games started, complete games, wins and innings pitched.
     For her career, she batted .362 in 124 games with 77 runs scored and 69 RBI. She has 28 career doubles, nine triples and two home runs. As a pitcher, OíConnor appeared in 95 games, starting 88 of them. She owns a career record of 44-44-1 with a 2.93 earned run average and 218 strikeouts in 582 innings.
     She was a two-time All-Little East Conference selection during her career and was recently named to RICís All-75th Anniversary Softball Team.
     She earned a bachelorís degree in secondary education with a concentration in math from Rhode Island College in 1998. OíConnor is currently a math teacher in the Warwick Public School system.
     She is the varsity head softball coach at Toll Gate High School. In just their second season as a fast-pitch club, OíConnor led the Titans to the Rhode Island Div. II State Championship in 2005.
     She resides in Warwick, Rhode Island with her husband Thomas.


     John Veader í57 came to the Rhode Island College of Education in the fall of 1953 after graduating from East Providence High School in hopes of pursuing a career as a history teacher. ďA teacher of mine in high school, Jim Greene, was a godfather figure to me and he urged me to pursue a career in teaching,Ē Veader remembers, ďand RIC was the place to go.Ē
    
During his playing days for the Townies, he played football, hockey and baseball. Now as an undergraduate at R.I.C.E., Veader didnít have many athletic options. ďThe only sports offered were soccer and basketball. In order to keep my competitive juices flowing, I signed on for both.Ē Veader played four years in soccer as a goalkeeper and four years of hoops as a guard. Although he wasnít experienced in soccer, head coach Bob Brown thought enough of Veader to put him in as the starting goalie. Veader responded by earning All-New England honors from his sophomore through senior campaigns.
     After earning his bachelorís degree in education in 1957, Veader returned to East Providence where he was a social studies teacher for the next 35 years. He served as the social studies department head for 35 years up until his retirement in 1992. He earned a masterís degree in history from the University of Rhode Island in 1966.
     Veader has kept active in coaching, serving as an assistant football coach for the past 42 years. Heís currently the quarterbacks coach at East Providence High School, a position heís held for the past ten years. The Townies have been the Rhode Island Div. I State Champions four of the past six seasons. He was inducted into the Rhode Island Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997.
     Veader resides in Barrington, Rhode Island with his wife Lee. He has two boys: Andrew (37) and Mark (34), as well as a stepdaughter Aimeeí (29).


     The Rhode Island College wrestling program has a rich history and one of the first great Anchormen in school history was Manuel Vinhateiro Ď69. At the conclusion of his career in 1969, the East Providence native was the programís all-time leader with 28 career wins. He competed at 126 lbs. as a freshman in 1965-66 and as a sophomore in 1966-67. He dropped down to 115 lbs. as a junior in 1967-68 and as a senior in 1968-69, also serving as team captain in both campaigns. He was the programís first-ever junior to be named a captain.
     Vinhateiro was the first recipient of RICís Outstanding Wrestler Award, garnering this honor as a junior in 1968 after posting an undefeated season. Vinhateiro was also the first recipient of the wrestling coaches award, ďThe Captainís Cup.Ē A lightning-quick takedown specialist, he never lost more than twice in a season.
     He earned a bachelorís degree in education from Rhode Island College in 1969. Vinhateiro earned his M.Ed. from Providence College in 1980 and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Teachers College Columbia University. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1969-75.
     Upon graduation, he embarked on a career as an educator that is still going strong today. He was a teacher in the East Providence School Department from 1970-82. He served as the Assistant Principal for Administration at East Providence High School from 1982-97 and then as the Principal from 1997-2000. He was the Deputy Superintendent for the East Providence School Department from 2000-04 and is currently the Superintendent of Schools.
     He resides in East Providence with his wife Stephanie. They have two children: Heather and Adam.