Vincent McCrystal ’51
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 ’51 and Paul Donovan ’51.
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 boys’ 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
Principal’s capacity at North Cumberland Middle School and as the
Assistant Principal at Cumberland High School.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the
Rhode Island College of Education in 1951.
He resides in Rumford, Rhode Island. He has four children: Lynn, Suzanne,
Vincent, Tim and ten grandchildren.