August 30, 2010


John Cabral Joins RIC Sports Information Staff

Providence, R.I.óRhode Island College has hired John Cabral to the position of assistant sports information director. Cabralís responsibilities will include varied forms of content creation for, the official website of Rhode Island College Athletics, and will also provide play-by-play commentary of Anchormen athletic contests.




Cabral joins a sports information office already vigorously preparing for the fall season, which officially begins Wednesday when womenís tennis and menís soccer each debut with home contests at Rhode Island College. Cabral will call all the action on when the RIC menís soccer team squares off against Coast Guard on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. The Anchormen also compete in cross country, womenís tennis, and womenís volleyball in the fall.


ďI look forward to joining the professional and prolific athletic staff at Rhode Island College,Ē Cabral said. ďThis position gives me a tremendous opportunity to expand my skills and develop professionally. Iíve always enjoyed my chances to work at The Murray Center and relish the opportunity to work there on a regular basis.Ē


Over the past five years, Cabral gained a high degree of familiarity with Rhode Island College in his broadcast capacities for UMass Dartmouth and the Little East Conference. Cabral has already broadcast Rhode Island College games in baseball, softball, and menís and womenís basketball. Two of Cabralís most memorable broadcasts came from The Murray Center in the 2010 Little East Conference Menís Basketball Tournament, where he called Anchormen senior guard Antone Grayís (Providence, RI) back-to-back last second baskets to defeat UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut State in the semifinal and final, respectively.


Cabral comes to Rhode Island College by way of UMass Dartmouth, where he spent the last two years as a graduate assistant in sports information, and the Little East Conference, where he served as an intern in the 2009-10 academic year. In both capacities, Cabral gained valuable experience in both broadcasting and media relations.  At UMass Dartmouth, Cabral pioneered the Corsairsí web streaming efforts, bringing live broadcasts of several sports across all seasons to For the Little East Conference, Cabral recorded video reports announcing weekly award winners to the public on Both websites also published numerous press releases written by Cabral.


Cabral spent the last seven years at UMass Dartmouth in various capacities, beginning as an undergraduate in the fall of 2003. He began broadcasting basketball as a volunteer in 2005 before expanding to football in the 2006 season. Cabral earned his bachelorís degree in Political Science in 2007, with a dual minor in History and Portuguese. Broadcasting kept Cabral around the campus in the 2007-08 academic year, as he continued to call football and basketball games. He then returned to campus full-time in the fall of 2008 as a graduate assistant, allowing him to follow the 2009 Little East champion menís basketball team through their postseason run to the Sweet 16. Cabral also worked for three years as a tutor in the Writing and Reading Center at UMass Dartmouth.  


A native of Hyannis, Mass., Cabral got his start in college athletics via an internship with the hometown Hyannis Mets (now Hyannis Harbor Hawks) of the Cape Cod Baseball League after graduating from Barnstable High School in 2003.  Cabral was promoted to the play-by-play broadcast perch in 2004, where heís spent the last seven summers.  The bulk of Cabralís play-by-play experience is in baseball; he also called both the Little East Tournament and NCAA Div. III New England Regional in 2009 and 2010.


During the summer of 2007, Cabral was also hired by the Cape Cod Baseball League to instruct his fellow league broadcasters on how to use the new video streaming technology implemented that season. In 2010, Cabral became a league official scorer, providing live statistics of Harbor Hawks games to the league website throughout the season. 


Cabral is single and resides in Hyannis.