FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

October 1, 2008

 

Rhode Island College Announces Athletic
Hall of Fame Class of 2008

 

Providence, RIóRhode Island College will induct eight members, and for the first time in school history: a team, into its Athletic Hall of Fame at the collegeís annual Athletic Recognition Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 4, in conjunction with Homecoming.

 

Robert Bayha í69 was an outstanding three-sport student-athlete at Rhode Island College, starring in cross country, track and wrestling from 1966-69. He earned All-Conference honors in track, specializing in the 400 and 800 meters. Bayha was also an All-Conference performer in wrestling at 130 lbs.

After graduation, the Warwick, Rhode Island native went on to an impressive coaching career at the interscholastic and collegiate levels. Bayhaís interscholastic coaching career encompassed stops at Cumberland High School, St. Maryís-Bay View
Academy, and East Providence High School.
While at the high school level, his team captured four R.I. State Track Championships, 13 Class titles and 21 Division crowns. In Rhode Island, he is the only coach to win both a girls and boys State Championship, while also boasting the most victories in girls interscholastic running sports.

 

 

 

He was named the R.I. Track Coach of the Year six times and the Blackstone Valley Coach of the Year 12 times. Bayha was also an assistant track and cross country coach for six years at the Community College of Rhode Island, during which the Knights had two second place and two third place finishes at the National Junior College Championships.

Bayha was inducted into the Rhode Island Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 1994, the R.I. Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Cumberland High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

He retired in 2000 after a 31-year career as a physical education teacher for the Cumberland School District. He is currently the Director of Girls Indoor Track and Field for the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.

Bayha earned a bachelorís degree in education from Rhode Island College in 1969 and his M.Ed. in 1972.

He resides in Warwick, Rhode Island with his wife Sharon. They have two children: Scott (33) and Todd (28).

 

Al DeAndrade í59 starred in menís basketball and soccer at R.I.C.E. from 1955-59. He played freshman basketball at the college in 1955-56, and enjoyed a three-year career as a forward on the varsity team from 1956-59.

DeAndrade spent his freshman season in 1955 and part of his sophomore season as a back on the menís soccer team, before making the move to the forward position for the remainder of his career. He was a member of the Menís Athletic Association throughout his collegiate career and went on to serve as the official clock operator for RIC home menís soccer contests during the sixties. DeAndrade also helped organize and play in many Alumni Soccer Games for over a 15-year period.

 

 

 

After graduation, DeAndrade went on to a 31-year career as an elementary school teacher in Central Falls. He served as the president of the Central Falls Teachersí Union for 26 years and was the vice president of the R.I. Federation of Teachers for 20 years and treasurer for five years.

He is also an accomplished trumpet player, having worked as a professional musician since he was 10 years old. After his father taught him to play, DeAndrade played in radio, vaudeville, clubs, hotels, and restaurants, as well as traveling the U.S. with the Ralph Stuart Orchestra. He had many opportunities to play with big name bands, but chose to remain in the Ocean State as a teacher. He served 10 years as the vice president of the Providence Federation of Musicians. DeAndrade can be currently heard playing at many Pawtucket Red Sox home games.

He earned a bachelorís degree from R.I.C.E. in 1959.

He resides in Lincoln, Rhode Island with his wife Roberta í59. They have two children: Alyssa (41) í89 and Brian (38) í98.

 

Gail Henderson í82 played volleyball, basketball and softball while at RIC from 1978-82. She also spent four years as a student-athletic trainer, which prepared her for her career.

As a first baseman in softball, the Pawtucket, Rhode Island native was a three-time R.I.A.I.A.W. All-Star selection. She was named First Team All-New England as a senior in 1982, batting .345 with 10 runs scored and 10 RBI. Henderson helped lead the Anchorwomen to the E.A.I.A.W. Eastern Regional title contest as a junior in 1981. She was named to RICís All-75th Anniversary Softball Team in 2005.

 

 

 

After graduating from RIC with a bachelorís degree in physical education in 1982, Henderson went on to earn her masterís degree in physical education/athletic training from Indiana State in 1983 and stayed on to teach in the athletic training program.

Henderson served as an athletic trainer at Bates College for three years before returning to school to earn a degree in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut in 1990. She later pursued a certification from the University of Tennessee in canine rehabilitation, becoming one of the first 36 worldwide therapists and the first in Connecticut, to perform physical therapy on dogs.

She is currently the self-employed owner of three companies, which include Functional Rehab and Fitness, Paws and Paddle Canine Conditioning and Step Rite Orthotics.

She resides in New Milford, Connecticut.

 

Bradley Levett í93 was an outstanding tennis player for the Anchormen from 1988-92.

The Coventry, Rhode Island native compiled a 44-4 career singles record and a 36-3 doubles mark, holding the all-time RIC records for wins in both categories.

Levett captured the Little East Conference Championship at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles as a senior in 1992 to help lead RIC to the programís first of four consecutive conference crowns. Levett was the Little East Champion at No. 2 doubles as a junior in 1991.

 

 

 

He posted a 10-1 record in singles and an 8-1 mark in doubles as a freshman 1989. Levett was undefeated in both singles and doubles as a sophomore in 1990, posting records of 12-0 and 9-0, respectively.

Levett was 12-1 in singles and 9-2 in doubles as a junior in 1991, before wrapping up his career with marks of 10-2 and 10-0 as a senior in í92.

He earned a bachelorís degree from Rhode Island College in 1993. He moved on to a career as a teacher in the Exeter-West Greenwich school district, where he has worked for the past 15 years and is currently a sixth grade teacher.

Levett resides in Coventry with his wife Kathleen í92 and their children: Connor (9) and Cameron (6).

 

Joseph Luzzi í93 was a four-year starter on RICís menís soccer team from 1989-92. He totaled 28 goals and 29 assists for 85 career points. Luzzi remains the collegeís all-time assist leader, while ranking sixth in points and tying for eighth in goals.

The Westerly, Rhode Island native totaled eight assists for eight points as a senior in 1992, while posting nine goals and five assists for 23 points as a junior in 1989.

He led the Little East Conference in scoring as a sophomore in 1990 with 13 goals and six assists for 32 points. Luzzi logged six goals and 10 assists for 22 points as a freshman in 1989.

 

 

 

He was named to RICís All-75th Anniversary Menís Soccer Team in 2005.

His family came to the U.S. from Italy in 1979 and he was the first person in his family to earn a college degree. Luzzi earned a bachelorís degree from Rhode Island College in 1993.

Luzzi is currently an account executive with Advanced Business Machines. Prior to his current position, he was an account executive with the Option One Mortgage Company.

He resides in Westerly, Rhode Island with his wife Jodie and their son Alex (2).

 

Chris Reddy í92 was a three-time All-New England wrestler during the Anchormenís golden years. He owns the distinction of being the only RIC wrestler to be part of five consecutive New England Championship teams from 1988-92. He was named a Div. III Scholar All-American in 1992 and received the John E. Hetherman Award that same year.

The Cranston, Rhode Island native earned All-New England honors three times during his career, placing second at 167 lbs. in 1992, fourth at 167 lbs. in 1991 and sixth at 177 lbs. in 1988.

 

 

 

Reddy earned a bachelorís degree in chemistry, while minoring in mathematics, from Rhode Island College in 1992 and his Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the University of Rhode Island in 1997.

He has gone on to world-renown prominence as an associate scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In 2003, he was awarded the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Prize, a prestigious award given annually to the nationís best and brightest academic researchers. Dr. Reddy has provided expert testimonies on oil spills for the U.S. Congress, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States Coast Guard.

Reddy received RICís American Institute of Chemistís Award in 1992 and was named to the physical scienceís department Alumni Honor Roll in 1998.

He resides in Hatchville, Massachusetts with his wife Bryce.

 

Len Silva í87 was a standout second baseman and shortstop at RIC from 1984-87.

The Seekonk, Massachusetts native played in 101 career games, totaling 130 hits, a .362 career batting average, 95 runs scored, 55 RBI, 20 doubles, five triples and 10 home runs. Silva is the collegeís all-time leader with 64 stolen bases. He earned All-New England honors as a junior in 1986.

As a senior in 1987, he played in 24 games, totaling 25 runs scored, 43 hits, a .457 batting average, nine doubles, one triple, 12 RBI and 15 stolen bases.

 

 

 

As a junior in 1986, Silva played in 30 games, totaling 32 runs scored, 40 hits, .354 batting average, seven doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 19 RBI and 24 stolen bases.

As a sophomore in 1985, he played in 25 games, totaling 23 runs scored, 35 hits, .380 batting average, three doubles, two triples, two home runs, 17 RBI and 21 stolen bases.

As a freshman in 1984, Silva played in 22 games, totaling 15 runs scored, 12 hits, a .200 batting average, one double, seven RBI and four stolen bases.

He was named to RICís All-75th Anniversary Baseball Team in 2005, which included the top 19 players in the history of RIC baseball.

He earned a bachelorís degree in management and marketing from Rhode Island College in 1987.

Silva is currently the Vice President and Regional Business Banking Officer for Citizens Bank, a company he has been with for over 12 years. He is also the President of the Seekonk Little League.

He resides in Seekonk, Massachusetts with his wife Susanne í89 and their children: Jacob (15) and Joshua (11).

 

Melissa (Andrescavage) Veresko í95 was a center on the RIC womenís basketball team from 1990-94.

The Chepachet, Rhode Island native played in 88 career games, totaling 762 points, 599 rebounds, 52 assists, 32 blocks and 42 steals in her four-year career as an Anchorwoman. She ranks fourth all-time at RIC in career rebounds.

As a senior in 1993-94, Veresko played in 27 games, averaging 11.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

 

 

 

As a junior in 1992-93, she played in 18 games, averaging 8.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

As a sophomore in 1991-92, Veresko played in 24 games, averaging 11.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

As a freshman in 1990-91, she played in 19 games, averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

Veresko was named to RICís All-75th Anniversary Womenís Basketball Team in 2005.

She earned a bachelorís degree in psychology/social work from Rhode Island College in 1995.

Veresko is currently a social worker with St. Antoineís Residence in North Smithfield.

She resides in Chepachet, Rhode Island with her husband Stephen and their children Emily (8) and Stephen (3).

 

For the first time in school history, a team will be added to the Rhode Island College Athletic Hall of Fame. This inaugural award will be given out semi-annually and the first recipient is the 1979 RIC Baseball Team. Under the direction of Head Coach Dave Stenhouse, the Anchormen went 24-13, captured the NESCAC Championship, won the NCAA Northeast Division Playoffs and advanced to the Div. III College World Series for the only time in school history.

 

 

 

1979 Rhode Island College Baseball Team

David Alves

Mike Anderton

David Andrews í79

Vincent Asermely í84

David Boudria

Mike Boyajian

Jim Crudele í81

Jim Dennett

Mike Enos í89

Dave Flanagan

Dan Furlong

Jay Grenier í81

Bob Guillet

Mike Haggerty í81

Jack Haughey í84

Lee Higgins

Tom Martin í82

Ron Nawrocki

Joe Rossi í80

Bill Serpa

Jim Siwy

Lou Tessier í83

Dave Turchetta

Lou Villucci í80

John Votta

 Head Coach: Dave Stenhouse

Assistant Coach: Art Pontarelli í71

 

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