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.
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
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.
in East Providence with his wife Stephanie. They have two children:
Heather and Adam.