April 30, 2007


11 Honored by Rhode Island's Speaker of the House and House of Representatives


            Ten current Rhode Island College student-athletes and one alumna were honored by the honorable, William J. Murphy, Speaker of the House, and the Rhode Island House of Representatives at a reception held in the House Chamber at the Rhode Island State House on Monday, April 30.


The event was designed to give significant public recognition to men and women from the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island who have had significant achievements in their academic and athletic pursuits at their respective institutions. The honorees have also demonstrated exemplary citizenship and community service. 


The ten Scholar-Athletes from Rhode Island College were: Michael Bonora, a junior wrestler from Nutley, NJ; Kinsey Durgin, a senior menís basketball player from Greenwood, ME; Caitlin Gavin, a senior womenís soccer and lacrosse player from Portsmouth, RI; Kari Geisler, a senior womenís basketball player from Deerfield, NH; Christie Lotti, a junior softball player from Waterford, CT; Eric Lonergan, a senior cross country and track & field runner from North Kingstown, RI; Anthony Pierlioni, a senior menís basketball player from Plainville, CT; Nicole Riley, a senior softball player from North Providence, RI; Jeanne Rosa, a junior womenís volleyball and softball player from Milford, CT; Stephanie Wojciechowski, a senior womenís volleyball player from North Kingstown, RI.


Athletic Alumni from each school were also honored. Kathleen Luther í82 was RICís Athletic Alumna Award recipient.


Luther, a 2000 inductee into Rhode Island Collegeís Athletic Hall of Fame, was a standout on RICís basketball team for three seasons from 1979-82. After spending one year at the University of Bridgeport, the guard joined the Anchorwomen and led the team to three consecutive EAIAW post-season appearances.


She captained the team as both a junior and senior. Luther played in 24 games and was second on the team in scoring and third in assists and steals as a senior in 1981-82. She finished her career with 764 points. The Anchorwomen went a combined 47-24, a .662 winning percentage, during her three-year career.


After graduating from RIC in 1982 with a bachelorís degree in elementary education, she became a math teacher at Central Falls High School and currently serves as CFHSís Director of Athletics. She is a member of the Rhode Island Interscholastic Injury Fund Board and the R.I. Athletic Administrators Association.


Luther has always stayed active in athletics, serving as an assistant basketball coach at Brown University for two seasons in 1983 and 1984 before embarking on an 11-year career as the head coach for varsity softball at Central Falls High School. She was the varsity girlsí basketball Head Coach at Central Falls High School from 1994-00 and was named Division II Central Coach of the Year in 1998-99 and 1999-00. CFHS girlsí basketball received the Providence Journal Award for Sportsmanship under Lutherís tutelage.


She was instrumental in developing, and is currently a coach, with the Central Falls Middle School softball team.


Luther is a 1977 graduate of Central Falls High School where she earned All-State honors in both basketball and cross-country.


She resides in Cumberland, Rhode Island with her son Kameron.