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October 3, 2009

 

Rhode Island College Inducts
Athletic
Hall of Fame Class of 2009

Providence, RI—Rhode Island College inducted eight members, and one team, into its Athletic Hall of Fame at the college’s annual Athletic Recognition Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 3, in conjunction with Homecoming.

 

James N. Adams (posthumously) spent 21 years at Rhode Island College, serving as an Assistant Athletic Director in addition to his coaching duties. He officially retired in September of 2000 and then went on to work part-time as a supervisor at the college’s Recreation Center until the fall of 2008.

 

Adams’ name was synonymous with Rhode Island College men’s basketball since first coming to RIC in 1979. He compiled a career record of 247-287 in 21 seasons. The Providence Journal chose him as one of the century’s Top 100 Most Influential Coaches and Athletes in Rhode Island in December of 1999. Under his guidance, the Anchormen captured the ECAC Division III title in 1982-83.  Adams was selected as the Little East Conference’s Co-Coach of the Year in 1987-88.

 

Prior to joining Rhode Island College, Adams was an assistant coach under Dave Gavitt at Providence College. The Friars compiled a record of 159-59 while Adams was the assistant and the team reached the NCAA Final Four in 1972-73.

 

The bulk of his coaching career was spent at Central High School in Providence where he led his teams to four consecutive state championships. While at Central, Adams taught physical education and served as the assistant principal in charge of discipline. He also coached football, both as an assistant, and then as the Head Coach.

 

As an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island, Adams was an outstanding student-athlete as a defensive back in football and as a forward on the men’s basketball team. He was an All-Yankee Conference selection in football and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He received a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1958. Adams was inducted into the URI Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981.

 

He passed away at the age of 73 in June, 2009. Adams is survived by his wife Lola, his three children James III, Karen and Michael and two grandchildren.

 

William M. Baird spent 28 years at Rhode Island College as an athletic director, head men’s basketball coach and a professor. During his illustrious career guiding the Anchormen basketball program, Baird won five NESCAC Southern Division Championships, four conference titles and captured the NCAA Div. III Regional crown in 1976-also advancing to the National Quarterfinals that year. He also led RIC to the NAIA semifinals twice.

 

Baird’s career record was a glittering 168-97 (.634). Moreover, he expanded the scope of the basketball program; whereas the Anchormen seldom played out of New England, Baird sent them against college and university division teams from such states as Alabama, North Carolina, Maryland, Florida, Louisiana, Virginia and Texas.

 

In his final season as head men’s basketball coach in 1975-76, Baird went out a winner as the Anchormen won a second straight New England State College Athletic Conference championship and the NCAA Division III Regional Championship. Baird was also responsible for the recruiting and development of the school’s first All-American, guard Rick Wilson ’72, who still holds numerous RIC records.

 

Baird was appointed head basketball coach at RIC in 1965 and, in February of 1967, also assumed the role of Director of Athletics.

 

RIC’s best season ever came in 1968-69 as the Anchormen were 24-2 and reached the finals of the NAIA District 32 playoffs for the first of what would be three consecutive times. He was voted “New England Small College Coach of the Year” by United Press International following that season and, in February of 1970, Words Unlimited, the organization of Rhode Island sportswriters and sportscasters, named him the “Rhode Island Coach of the Year” for his accomplishments in that season. That team was the second selection to the Rhode Island College Athletic Department’s Team Hall of Fame in 2009.

 

Baird was responsible for some major decisions affecting the basketball team and the athletic program as a whole. In early 1975, for example, RIC severed its connection with the NAIA and went strictly NCAA Div. III. Now, all RIC teams have a realistic goal to shoot for during each season–postseason competition against schools on the same level.

 

After stepping down as head men’s basketball coach, Baird brought in the first full-time athletic trainer the school has ever had plus the first Associate Director of Athletics who was in charge of the women’s program.

 

He stepped down as Director of Athletics in June of 1993. During his tenure at the college, Baird took an 18-month leave of absence from his role in athletics to serve as the college’s first Development Officer and Legislative Liaison.

 

A native of Union City, N.J., Baird enrolled at the University of Rhode Island and when he graduated in 1953, he had tossed in 1,534 points and stood third on the Rams’ all-time scoring list. Twice he was named First Team All-Yankee Conference and, for three years, he finished among the conference’s top five scorers. He captained the Rams in his senior year and, in 1974, was inducted into the URI Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

Baird entered the U.S. Army as an officer in 1953 and it was at Fort Dix, N.J. that he was given his first coaching opportunity. His team won the First Army title and represented the area in the national playoffs at Fort Benning, Georgia.

 

After being discharged from the service, he worked for a year at the Pratt-Whitney Aircraft Corporation and also played basketball for the company, which participated in a strong industrial league throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.

 

He returned to Kingston as an assistant varsity coach under then head mentor Jack Guy in 1956 and, when Guy resigned the following year and Ernie Calvery succeeded him, Baird assumed the additional duties of scouting and recruiting. During this stretch, he earned a pair of master’s degrees, in 1960 from URI in educational administration and in 1963 from Southern Connecticut in physical education. Soccer was initiated at URI in 1960 and he was named to coach the first team.

 

The Cranston, Rhode Island native is a member of six Athletic Hall of Fames: University of Rhode Island, Hudson County (NJ), Union Hill High School, New England Basketball Coaches, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletic and the RIC Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

Robert Berlam ’58 was a three-sport standout during his time at the Rhode Island College of Education from 1954-58.

 

He excelled in the fledging sport of track & field, competing primarily in the 100, 220 and 440-yard events-winning the New England Championships in all three events twice. He anchored the mile relay team that won the championship during his senior season.

The Providence native and Hope High School product also captained the men’s soccer team as a forward. He also played men’s basketball for two seasons. After graduation, he was  the track & field/cross country coach at Cranston High School West, winning the school’s first-ever statewide championship.

 

Dr. Berlam has had an extensive and successful career as a CEO and manager at the national and state levels in diverse fields including, education, government, trade associations and with private sector organizational development and training.

 

Currently, Dr. Berlam serves as the President of Berlam Associates-Education and Training Consultants. Prior to this, he served as the Director of LEARN NC, a national internet program of the University of North Carolina’s School of Education, which provided classroom training, resources and professional staff development to North Carolina’s 80,000 teachers and other teachers nationwide.

 

He has held other policy level and executive management positions at the national and state level such as the Director of Telecommunications and Staff Development for the North Carolina Community College System, its 58 colleges and its 25,000 faculty, Managing Director of the Close Up Foundation, Director of Governmental Relations for the North Carolina School Boards Association and the Executive Director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina.

 

Berlam was also the Director of Governmental Relations with the National Association of State Boards of Education and the Executive Deputy to the Rhode Island Commissioner of Education.

 

During his career he has held diverse leadership positions with local, state and federal government. Overall responsibilities have been in management, professional development, education and training, governmental relations, budget and finance, public relations and marketing. In addition, he served as an elected public official, a state mediator for labor impasses, public employee’s association president and lobbyist with state legislatures and with the United States Congress.

 

Paralleling these civilian experiences, Dr. Berlam also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, completing a distinguished career as a commanding officer and retiring with a the rank of full colonel.

 

He is currently the Commander of the Naples Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

 

Berlam resides in Naples, Florida with his wife Ann. He has four children: Paul, Trish, Gary and Gail and five grandchildren.

 

Jesus Berrio ’89 starred in men’s cross country and track & field during his career as an Anchorman from 1986-89.

 

As a senior in 1989, Berrio captured the New England Championship in the 1,500m and qualified for the NCAA Div. III Championships. As a junior in 1988, he was the New England Champion in the 800m.

He is currently the Rhode Island College record-holder in the 800m, with a time of 1:52.64 established in 1987, as well as the 1,500m with a time of 3:52.58 set in 1988. Berrio’s time of 25:27 in men’s cross country ranks seventh all-time in program history. He won the Tri-State Invitational in 1987 with a time of 25:47.

 

Born in Bogota, Colombia and a native of Pawtucket, he was selected to Rhode Island College’s All-75th Anniversary Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Teams in 2005.

 

Berrio earned nine varsity letters while at Shea High School in cross country and track and field. He broke the program’s 800m record in 1983 with a time of 1:55. He earned All-State indoor track honors in 1983, establishing the state record in the 1,000m with a time of 2:41.00.

 

He earned an associate’s degree in elementary education from the Community College of Rhode Island in 1986 and his bachelor’s degree in physical education from RIC in 1989. Berrio earned his massage certification from the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in 1999.

 

Berrio works as a vocational specialist for Ocean State Outreach, traveling throughout the state of Rhode Island. He is also the head boys’ cross country coach at Cranston High School West, while serving as the girls’ outdoor track & field assistant coach in the spring.

 

He resides in Cranston with his wife Erika ’00. He has three daughters Madison, Emily and Hailey Grace.

 

Paul Bourget ’69 is one of the most generous alumni the college as ever produced. Since leaving Rhode Island College over 40 years ago, he has always been very active in giving back to RIC in time, money and most of all, enthusiasm. He is Rhode Island College’s most loyal supporter and cheerleader.

 

In 1997, while continuing to support the college, he made a personal choice to start supporting the athletic department and especially its student-athletes with that same great enthusiasm and of course, his financial contributions.

With the development of the Anchor Club, Rhode Island College’s athletic booster club, Bourget was a charter member and the organization’s first Golden Anchor donor-the highest level of giving. He has pledged at the top level every year since then. Whenever the Department of Athletics begins a new initiative, Bourget has always been at the forefront when it comes to a financial contribution. He has made hundreds of gifts to the college since his graduation.

 

As important as his financial generosity is, Bourget’s enthusiasm for the athletic department and the college as a whole has been his greatest contribution. There are few, if any, donors who support a Div. III college athletic program like he does. For his efforts, the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) named him the Volunteer of the Year for the College Division in 2002.

 

His efforts extend well beyond athletics as he has been a corporate sponsor for the Alumni Golf Tournament, supports honors scholarships and the fine arts, has chaired the Hall of Fame and Golf Day committees, works at auctions, speaker events, camps and clinics and has established a permanent endowment to support scholarships for future students.

 

Bourget was the Rhode Island College Alumnus of the Year in 1999. He has also served as the President, officer and member of the RIC Alumni Association. Bourget served as the Chairman of the Steering Committee for the college’s Capital Campaign, and is a past president of the RIC Foundation.

 

Upon graduation from Rhode Island College in 1969, Bourget, a certified CPA, embarked on an 11-year career, first as an auditor and then as audit principal, with Arthur Young & Company. He then moved on to serve as the Director of Field Examinations for Fleet Financial Group.

 

Bourget started his own business, Bourget & Associates, Inc., a financial consulting firm, in 1993.

 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Rhode Island College in 1969.

 

Bourget resides in Woonsocket with his wife Denise. They have four children: Nicole, Michele, Denise and Paul Jr., as well as, five grandchildren.

 

Michele Fanelli ’04 is one of the greatest first basemen in Rhode Island College and Little East Conference softball history. She was named to the college’s All-75th Anniversary Softball Team in 2005.

 

From 2000-03, Fanelli played in 148 games, starting 139 of them. She batted .359 with 435 at-bats, 77 runs, 156 hits, 31 doubles, seven triples, 36 walks and eight stolen bases. She owned a career slugging percentage of .462 and an on-base percentage of .417. At the time of her graduation, she was the school’s all-time leader in hits, doubles, RBI, hit by pitch and total bases. She still ranks in the top-10 in many career and single season statistical categories.

 

As a senior in 2003, Fanelli was named the Little East Conference’s Co-Player of the Year, as well as earning First Team All-Little East honors for the third straight year and team MVP honors for the second consecutive season. She played in 34 games, starting all of them. Fanelli batted .382 with 16 runs, 39 hits, 12 doubles and 23 RBI. She owned a .500 slugging percentage, a .479 on-base percentage and a .981 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2002, she was named First Team All-Little East Conference. Fanelli played in 38 games, starting all of them. She batted .375 with 22 runs, 48 hits, six doubles, four triples, 28 RBI and one stolen base. She owned a .484 slugging percentage, a .396 on-base percentage and a .990 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2001, she was named First Team All-Little East Conference and to the LEC All-Tournament Team. On the season, Fanelli played in 41 games, starting 40 of them. She batted .385 with 47 hits, 22 RBI, 26 runs, nine doubles, three triples and four stolen bases. She posted a .508 slugging percentage, a .444 on-base percentage and a .961 fielding percentage.

 

As a freshman in 2000, Fanelli played in 35 games, starting 27. She batted .265 with 22 hits, 13 runs, five RBI, four doubles, three stolen bases, 26 total bases for a .313 slugging percentage, a .322 on-base percentage and recorded a .895 fielding percentage.

 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Rhode Island College in 2004.

 

A native of Pembroke Pines, Florida, she is currently a police officer in her hometown.

 

Kristine (Nicholas) Greene ’90 starred in track & field during her career as an Anchorwoman. She was named to RIC’s All-75th Anniversary Women’s Track & Field Team in 2005.

 

Over the course of her career, Greene earned multiple All-New England and All-ECAC honors in both the long and triple jumps. At the time of her graduation, she owned the RIC records in both events (17’04.75”/35’03.75”), which she established in 1989.

Greene received the Helen M. Murphy Award, signifying her as RIC’s top female senior student-athlete in 1990.

 

She majored in psychology and earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Rhode Island College in 1990. She was employed as a head teacher at a local preschool until her marriage. In 1998, Greene embarked on her current career, educating her children at home.

 

She has worked with the girls' track & field team at a local high school on a volunteer basis, providing instruction in the long, triple and high jump events. In 2008, Greene was elected and served as a Rhode Island delegate to the republican national convention in Minneapolis.

 

Greene resides in West Greenwich with her husband Edward and their seven children: Kelsey, Nicolette, Courtney, Hannah, Mason, Noah and Chloe.

 

James McGlynn ’89 was an All-New England third baseman during his career on the diamond at RIC. One of the college’s all-time home run and RBI leaders, he played in 91 career games, compiling a .342 career batting average to go along with 63 runs scored, 101 hits, 85 RBI, 17 doubles, three triples and 21 home runs. McGlynn still ranks in the top 10 of several single season program records. He was selected to the Rhode Island College All-75th Anniversary Baseball Team in 2005.

 

As a senior in 1988, McGlynn played in 27 games, batting .430 with 34 runs scored, 46 hits, 39 RBI, eight doubles, two triples and nine home runs. He was named First Team All-New England and played in the New England Collegiate All-Star Game at Fenway Park.

 

As a junior in 1987, he played in 24 games, batting .296 with 14 runs scored, 21 hits, 17 RBI, three doubles and five home runs.

 

As a sophomore in 1986, he played in 29 games, batting .324 with 16 runs scored, 17 RBI, four doubles, one triple and three home runs.

 

As a freshman in 1985, he played in 11 games, batting .233 with nine runs scored, 10 hits, 12 RBI, two doubles and four home runs.

 

McGlynn earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Rhode Island College in 1989.

 

He is currently a detective with the Connecticut State Police and has received numerous department awards for major crime investigations.

 

McGlynn resides in Killingworth, Connecticut with his wife Marsha and their children: Nicholas, Emily and Ella Rose.

 

Team Hall of Fame

1968-69 Men’s Basketball Team

The 1968-69 men’s basketball team is just the second team to be inducted into the Rhode Island College Athletic Team Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

Head Coach Bill Baird guided the Anchormen to a 24-2 overall record, recording the best winning percentage (.923) in program history and reached No. 10 in the N.E. UPI ratings en route to a NESCAC Championship and the semifinals of the NAIA Championships. Currently, four members of that team (Rick Wilson ’72, Ray Huelbig ’72, Mike Creedon ’70 and Pete Emond ’69) have been enshrined in RIC’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

The 1968-69 Anchormen

Bob Bushell ’69

Mike Creedon ’70

Pete Emond ’69

John Harrington ’71

George Hoyt ’71

Ray Huelbig ’72

Les Jordan

Jim McGetrick ’69

Steve Rice ’73

Jim Sala ’72

Jim Such ’70

Gerry Suggs ’71

Art Sultzer ’69

Rick Wilson ’72

Head Coach: Bill Baird

Assistant Coach: Dave Stenhouse

 

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