FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

June 22, 2007

 

Rhode Island College Announces
Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2007

 

Providence, RIóRhode Island College will induct eight members into its Athletic Hall of Fame at Collegeís annual Athletic Recognition Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 29, in conjunction with Homecoming.

 

James Dandeneau í91 was an outstanding cross country and outdoor track and field distance runner from 1988-90, who qualified for the NCAA Div. III Menís National Cross Country Championships as a junior (1988) and again as a senior (1989).

The Cumberland, Rhode Island native won the Little East Conference Cross Country Championship with a school-record time of 25.14 in 1989, while also capturing the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Div. III Championship, that same year.

     Dandeneau earned All-New England, All-ECAC and All-Little East honors in cross country during his career, while also garnering All-N.E. accolades in track in both the 5,000 meters and the steeplechase. He holds three, including the top two, of the seven fastest cross country times in school history and was named to the Collegeís All-75th Anniversary Menís Cross Country Team in 2005. Dandeneau holds personal records in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters with times of 8:26.10 and 14:21.95, respectively.

He earned First Team All-State honors in cross country, while also playing basketball and track, while at Cumberland High School.

Dandeneau earned his bachelorís degree in history from Rhode Island College in 1991. He is currently a commercial liability representative with Travelerís Insurance.

He resides in Fairhaven, Massachusetts with his wife, Lynn-Marie í92, and their children, Meighread (8) and Andrew (4).

 

Valerie (Verducci) DeAngelis í97 was a three-sport student-athlete who ran track & field and cross country, while also playing basketball, from 1993-97. She competed at the 1997 NCAA Div. III Womenís Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 400 meter hurdles. The East Greenwich, Rhode Island native is the RIC record-holder in both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles with times of 16.10 and 64.68, respectively, set in 1997. She also earned All-ECAC, All-New England and All-Little East honors in both indoor and outdoor track during her four-year career.

     DeAngelis was also a two-year starter as a point guard in womenís basketball, serving as team captain during her senior campaign. She is tied for the school record for the most steals in a game (eight). She received the Scholar-Athlete Award from the R.I.A.I.A.W. in 1996, RICís Helen M. Murphy Award in 1997 and was named to the Collegeís All-75th Anniversary Womenís Track & Field Team in 2005.

DeAngelis earned a bachelorís degree in psychology from Rhode Island College  in 1997 and received her M.Ed. in physical education from Delta State University in 1998. She is currently a teacher and coach at Byng ISD in Oklahoma.

DeAngelis resides in Ada, Oklahoma with her husband Brian. They have two children: Brianna (6) and Kaylee (3).

 

Robert Haigh í70 was one of the first great wrestlers in Rhode Island College history. Among a host of achievements, the Plymouth, Massachusetts native was RICís first All-New England wrestler, placing fourth at 152 lbs. during his Team MVP season as a senior in 1970.

     He was  the ECAC State College Champion, while leading the team in pins, at 152 lbs. in 1968, í69 and í70. He was also a defender on RICís menís soccer team during the same time span, earning team MVP honors in 1969. Haigh received the John E. Hetherman Award as a senior in 1970 and was named to the Collegeís All-75th Anniversary Wrestling Team in 2005.

He has continued to stay involved in athletics, working as a coach, board member and umpire with his local Little League. Haigh has also directed and coached youth soccer and basketball programs.

Haigh earned a bachelorís degree in education from Rhode Island College in 1970 and his masterís degree in elementary education from Fitchburg State College in 1980. He is currently the principal and elementary technology director of the Butterfield School located in Orange, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the administration, he was a special needs teacher for 23 years.

Haigh resides in Orange, Massachusetts with his wife Nancy. They have three children: Robert Jr. (32), Lindsay (30) and Sarah (27).

 

Douglas Hartley í72 was a four-year starter in baseball from 1968-71. The Lincoln, Rhode Island native was a pitcher, outfielder and first baseman during his career as an Anchorman.

     He was one of the first players in school history to accumulate over 100 career hits in a time when the team played approximately 20 games a season. He was perennially one of the squadís leaders in hits and batting average. Used primarily as a starting pitcher, Hartley teamed with fellow Athletic Hall of Famer Art Pontarelli í71 to each throw one game of a doubleheader and exchange defensive positions in the other.

Hartley earned a bachelorís degree in secondary education from Rhode Island College in 1972 and his masterís degree in public administration from the University of Rhode Island in 1993.

He has worked with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission for 32 years and is currently the Director of Energy Policy and Planning. Since 1986, Hartley has been the Coordinator of the Rhode Island Energy Siting boards.

Hartley is a member of the Glocester Country Club, which he calls a little piece of Heaven straddling Route 44.

He resides in North Scituate, Rhode Island with his wife Lois í70. They have two children: Amanda (31) and Allison (24).

 

Stephen Lynch í82 was an outstanding goalkeeper on Rhode Island Collegeís menís soccer team from 1978-81. The Smithfield, Rhode Island native captained and was named the team MVP of the 1981 team, which posted a 10-4-4 record. Lynch backstopped the team to a school-record nine shutouts that season.

Lynch owns a 1.00 career goals against average, which currently ranks third all-time in school history. He also logged 13 career shutouts, which ranks fourth. Lynch was named to the Collegeís All-75th Anniversary Menís Soccer Team in 2005.

     He earned a bachelorís degree in social work from Rhode Island College in 1982. Lynch is currently a Detective Commander, holding the rank of captain, with the Rhode Island State Police. He is a 1986 graduate of the Rhode Island State Police Academy. During his career, he has been the recipient of 30 departmental commendations. After serving in the uniform division, Lynch transferred to detectives in 1991 and has held various positions including the Officer in Charge of Major Crimes and Violent Fugitive Unit.

Lynch received the Rhode Island College Social Work Alumni Honor Roll Award in 2006.

He resides in North Scituate, Rhode Island with his wife Ann. They have two children: Matthew (19) and Kelsey (15).

Everett Maxwell í57 was an outstanding defender in menís soccer from 1954-56. He also played four seasons as a forward in basketball from 1953-56 and logged one year of track as a senior in 1957.

A tough fullback on the field, Maxwell played every minute of every soccer contest during his junior and senior campaigns, helping the Anchormen to break a league record for goals against. Maxwell was one of the basketball teamís top rebounders during his career on the hardwood.

     He was the Student Government President as a senior and was one of the key figures in rallying support for the bond initiative that allowed R.I.C.E. to relocate to its current Mt. Pleasant location. Maxwell was the fourth person to break ground at the Collegeís current location.
     Maxwell spent over 30 years as a marketing and sales manager in educational technology and computer products. He retired in 2000 as the Eastern Regional Manager of Panasonic Communications and Systems. He also served in the United States Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel after 24 years of service.

He earned a bachelorís degree in education from the Rhode Island College of Education in 1957 and his M.S. from Syracuse University in 1958.

Maxwell resides in East Greenwich, Rhode Island with his wife Diane í60. They have four children: Diane (48), Jim (45), Chris (42), Kevin (40) and four grandchildren.

 

Susan (Landry) Miceli í86 was a standout on the womenís tennis team from 1982-85. She was the New England Div. III Champion at No. 2 singles as a junior in 1984 and was a New England finalist at No. 1 singles as a senior in 1985. The Woonsocket native went undefeated with a 12-0 record as a sophomore in 1983 and posted a 40-5 career mark.

     Miceli received the Helen M. Murphy Award in 1986 and was named to the Collegeís All-75th Anniversary Womenís Tennis Team in 2005. Miceli has played in the U.S.T.A. League since 1987 and is currently rated 4.5. She competed at the U.S.T.A. Nationals in 1987, í91, í95 and 2002. Miceli captained four teams, two mixed and two ladies squads, in 2005.
     She earned a bachelorís degree in computer science with a minor in math from Rhode Island College in 1986. Miceli has worked as a software engineer with SalePoint, Inc. for over 20 years.

She resides in North Attleboro, Massachusetts with her husband Michael. They have three children: Billy (11), Gina (9) and Andrea (7).

 

Jennifer Cook Spadoni í00 was an outstanding forward in basketball and a shortstop/outfielder in softball from 1996-00.

The West Warwick, Rhode Island native was a two-time All-Little East selection in softball. She played in 133 career games, starting 128 of them, with 128 hits, 74 runs, 26 doubles, five triples, three home runs, 173 total bases, 53 RBI, 38 walks, a .452 slugging percentage and a .334 batting average. At the conclusion of her career, Spadoni was second in career hits, while ranking third in career batting average, doubles and RBI.

     In basketball, Spadoni earned All-Little East honors as a senior in 1999-00. She is one of only five players in RIC history with 1,000 or more points (1,129) and 500-plus rebounds (584). She played in 103 games with 1,129 points, 584 rebounds, 154 assists and 159 steals in her career. She averaged 10.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game for her career.
     Spadoni received the Helen M. Murphy Award in 2000 and was named to the Collegeís All-75th Anniversary Softball Team in 2005.

Spadoni earned a bachelorís degree in elementary education from Rhode Island College in 2000. She gradated with general education honors and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

She is currently a teacher at the Horgan Elementary School in West Warwick. Spadoni coached the Wizardís softball squad to a Division and State Championship in 2003.

She resides in West Warwick, with her husband Thomas í97 and their daughter  Abigail (1).

 

The ninth annual Rhode Island College Athletic Recognition Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, in conjunction with Homecoming, at Donovan Dining Center at 7 p.m. A reception to honor all former Hall of Fame inductees and all previous Hetherman and Murphy Award winners will be held at The Murray Center prior to the event. Tickets are $40 each. The deadline for ordering tickets is Sept. 17. Please contact the Athletic Department at 401-456-8007 to purchase tickets or for additional information.

 

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