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October 1, 2011

 

FIVE INDUCTED INTO
ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
Special Recognitions & Jersey Retirement
Highlight Gala Event

Providence, RI—Rhode Island College inducted five new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame, retired a men’s basketball jersey and recognized several key contributors at a gala event held at Donovan Dining Center as part of Homecoming 2011.

 

 

 

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2011

Eric A. Gibree ’05 was an outstanding baseball player from 2000-04 at Rhode Island College.

 

The Bristol, R.I. native closed out his career having appeared in 138 games, starting 133 of them. At the time of his graduation, the first baseman owned seven RIC all-time records and five RIC single-season high marks. His career records include 536 at-bats, 110 runs scored, 187 hits, 34 doubles, 300 total bases, ten sacrifice flies and 717 putouts. He concluded his career with a .349 batting average, eight triples, 21 home runs, 125 RBI, a .560 slugging percentage, 31 walks, a .409 on-base percentage, four stolen bases, 41 assists and a .978 fielding percentage.

 

As a senior in 2004, he was named First Team All-Little East Conference. Gibree played in 32 games, starting 30 of them. He batted .379 with 44 hits, 13 doubles, four home runs, six walks, 25 runs scored and 26 RBI. Gibree owned a .595 slugging percentage, a .425 on-base percentage and a .970 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2003, he was named First Team All-Little East Conference. He played in 40 games, starting all of them. He batted .358 with 43 runs, 58 hits, ten doubles, three triples, ten home runs, 51 RBI, and one stolen base. He owned a .642 slugging percentage, a .401 on-base percentage and a .985 fielding percentage.

 

 

 

As a sophomore in 2002, Gibree was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. Gibree played in 32 games, starting all of them. He batted .309 with 20 runs, 38 hits, three doubles, four triples, four home runs, 25 RBI, and one stolen base. He owned a .496 slugging percentage, a .380 on-base percentage and a .988 fielding percentage. Gibree led the team in putouts and triples, was second in hits and third in runs.

 

In 2001, he injured his knee on the squad’s spring training trip to Florida and was granted a medical redshirt. Prior to the injury, Gibree played in five games, starting all of them. Gibree batted .350 with seven hits, four RBI, five runs, two doubles and one stolen base. He owned a .450 slugging percentage, a .417 on-base percentage and a .923 fielding percentage.

 

As a freshman in 2000, he played in 29 games, starting 26 of them. He batted .348 with 115 at-bats, 17 runs, 40 hits, 19 RBI, six doubles, one triple, three home runs, 57 total bases with a .496 slugging percentage, a .353 on-base percentage and a .973 fielding percentage. He led the team with 19 RBI on the year. Gibree finished the year second on the team in batting, hits, total bases and slugging percentage.

 

 

 

After wrapping up his career on the RIC diamond, he played professionally with the Elmira Pioneers. Gibree was named to the Rhode Island College baseball All-75th Anniversary Team in 2005.

 

Gibree earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Rhode Island College in 2005. He is a 1999 graduate of La Salle Academy.

 

Gibree is currently a sales representative with A. Fiorillo and Company. He resides in Johnston, Rhode Island with his wife Susan ’05, a former RIC softball player, and their son Gavin.

 

Katherine E. McCalligett ’05 had an accomplished indoor and outdoor track & field career from 2001-05 and still holds the RIC record in the 400m for both the indoor (59.11) and outdoor (59.10) campaigns. Over the course of her career, the Warwick, R.I. native totaled one ECAC, 10 All-New England and 22 N.E. All-Alliance accolades. She was selected to RIC’s All-75th Anniversary Women’s Track & Field Team in 2005. The R.I. Speaker of the House and House of Representatives named her a Scholar-Athlete twice in her career. She received RIC’s Helen M. Murphy Award in ’05.

 

 

 

During the 2005 outdoor campaign, she earned All-ECAC honors in the 400m, placing eighth, with a time of 59.11. She earned All-New England honors in both the 200m and 400m. McCalligett placed seventh in the 200 meters with a time of 27.20 and third in the 400m with a new RIC-record time of 59.10 at the New England Div. III Championships on May 19-20. She earned All-Alliance/Little East honors in four events. McCalligett placed seventh in the 100m, third in the 200m, second in the 400m and sixth as part of the 4x100m relay with times of 13.76, 27.10, 60.52 and 52.89, respectively at the Little East Conference/MASCAC Alliance Championships on May 1.

 

During the 2004-05 indoor season, McCalligett earned All-New England honors in the 200m and 400m, placing fourth and first with times of 26.62 and 59.97, respectively, at the New England Div. III Championships on Feb. 19. She earned All-Alliance/Little East honors in five events at the Alliance Championships on Feb. 12. She placed sixth in the 55m with a time of 7.76, second in the 200m with a time of 26.86, and second in the 400m with a time of 1:00.47. McCalligett earned All-Alliance/Little East honors as part of both the 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams, which placed third and second with times of 1:54.08 and 4:22.27, respectively.

 

As a junior in 2003-04, McCalligett she placed 16th in the 200m with a season-best time of 26.00 and 18th in the 400m with a time of 1:00.48 at the ECAC Championships on May 15. She placed 20th in the 200m and 17th in the 400m with times of 27.18 and 1:00.14, respectively, at the New England Open Championships on May 7. McCalligett earned All-New England honors in the 400m, placing fourth with a time of 1:00.65 at the N.E. Div. III Championships on May 1. She also placed ninth in the 200m with a time of 27.06. She earned All-Alliance/Little East honors in four events at the LEC/MASCAC Alliance Championships on Apr. 24. She finished second in the 200m with a time of 26.05, third in the 400m with a new school record time of 59.54, fourth as a part of the 4x100m relay team with a time of 51.20 and third as a member of the 4x400m relay team with a time of 4:24.63.

 

During the indoor campaign, she broke two school records. She placed ninth in the 400m with a time of 1:00.92 at the ECAC Championships. McCalligett earned All-New England honors in one event. She placed sixth in the 400m with a time of 1:00.30.

 

As a sophomore in 2002-03, McCalligett placed 13th in the 400m with a time of 1:00.24 and 24th in the 200m with a time of 26.87 at the ECAC Div. III Championships. She placed 12th in the 400m with a time of 1:01.19 at the New England Div. III Championships. She earned All-Alliance/Little East honors in four events at the 2003 Little East Conference/MASCAC Alliance Championships. She placed second in the 400m and third in the 200m with times of 1:00.51 and 26.25, respectively. McCalligett placed third as part of the 4x100m relay team and second as part of the 4x400m relay team with times of 52.34 and 4:16.15, respectively

 

During the indoor campaign, she placed 21st in the 400m with a time of 1:00.69 at the ECAC Championships. She earned All-New England honors in the 400m, placing eighth with a time of 1:01.02 at the New England Championships. McCalligett placed 13th in the 200m with a time of 27.18 at the same meet. McCalligett earned All-Alliance/Little East honors in both the 400m and 200m. She placed second in the 400m with a time of 61:32 and fourth in the 200m with a time of 27.18.

 

As a freshman in 2001-02, she placed 12th in the 400m and 22nd in the 200m with times of 1:02.31 and 27:08 at the ECAC Div. III Championships. She earned All-New England honors in both the 200m and 400m at the New England Div. III Championships. She placed seventh in the 200m with a time of 27.13 and eighth in the 400m with a time of 1:00.45, matching her season-best time. She earned All-Alliance/Little East honors in both the 200m and 400m, placing first in the 400m with a season-best time of 1:00.45 and third in the 200m with a time of 27.32, at the Alliance Championships.

 

During the indoor season, she earned All-New England honors, placing seventh in the 400m with a school record time of 1:00.37. She also placed ninth in the 200m with a time of 27.40 at that same meet. McCalligett earned All-Alliance/Little East honors in both the 200m and 400m. She placed second in the 400m with a time of 1:00.73 and third in the 200m with a season-best time of 27.25.

 

McCalligett graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rhode Island College in 2005. She is a 2001 graduate of Pilgrim High School.

 

She is currently a registered nurse at Rhode Island Hospital and resides in Warwick, Rhode Island.

 

David T. Moore ’59 was a standout athlete at R.I.C.E. from 1955-59, earning nine varsity letters in basketball, soccer and track. Moore was a three-year starter for the Anchormen on the basketball court, and is considered to be one of the top rebounders and defensive specialists of his era. Moore earned four letters during his tenure with the team and served as the team co-captain during his senior year in 1959. Moore was known on the hardwood for consistently playing lockdown defense on the opponents’ top offensive player.

 

Moore joined the soccer team in 1957 and instantly became a starting halfback, playing in every game during his junior and senior seasons to earn two varsity letters. Moore also ran track for three years, earning three more varsity letters.

 

During his time at R.I.C.E, Moore was the sports editor for the 1959 Yearbook and was also his senior class vice president. Moore was also an active member of the Christian Association, the Men’s Athletic Association, and the Charles Carroll Club.

 

 

Upon his graduation in 1959, Moore worked in the North Providence School Department for two years as a teacher and also coached basketball, baseball and track. Moore then spent the next 28 years in the Cumberland School Department, spending six years as a teacher, three as a guidance counselor and the final 19 years as a principal.

 

After 30 years in education, Moore retired and moved to Melbourne, Florida, where he currently resides. He has three children: Sue, Kathy and Jeff as well as three grandchildren.

 

Dr. Gary M. Penfield, RIC’s current Vice President for Student Affairs, has been a key contributor to the college’s rise in the athletic arena on the national stage. Penfield has been responsible for the oversight of intercollegiate athletics and recreation for over 35 years now. His leadership has been instrumental in the department’s most successful period of growth and achievement in college history. Penfield has helped see the athletic facilities improve to be some of the best in New England, so that RIC’s student-athletes succeed both in the classroom and in the athletic arena.

 

“Given my 35-year tenure at this institution, I know many people who have been inducted and I’m thrilled to be a part of that group,” said Penfield. Penfield has served as vice president for student affairs since 1979 and has worked with RIC athletic director Don Tencher for the past 16.

 

Tencher said of Penfield, “He is not only one of the finest administrators I’ve ever worked with, he’s one of the finest persons I’ve ever known. The past 10 years have undoubtedly been the most successful period in RIC athletic history, and I know for certain that none of this would have been possible without the support and guidance of Dr. Penfield.”

 

 

 

The Recreation Center, now undergoing major renovation, Tencher said, “was a direct result of Dr. Penfield’s long-term commitment to providing RIC students with the best possible experience that resources will allow.”

 

“I’ve been supportive of the plans of the entire athletic staff,” Penfield said. “I hope I’ve been able to articulate the difference they are able to make in the quality of life at this institution. It takes a lot of people working together to get these projects done.”

 

A student-athlete himself, Penfield played soccer and baseball at the State University of New York at Albany. He said the skills he learned have contributed to his overall development and continue to be used in his professional life. “Athletics helped me develop as an individual,” he said. “You’re a member of a team giving your individual best so that you don’t let others down, you’re learning leadership skills and how to motivate others to give their best, you’re learning how to celebrate when you have victories and how to understand and accept defeats. These are all important skills to have and they’re an important part of how I operate professionally.”

 

Penfield hopes that a wider section of the student body will get involved in athletics. “When we use the term ‘athletics,’ it goes beyond intercollegiate athletics,” he said. “It involves each and every member of our community. I want to see a broader section of the student body involved.”

 

Although induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame is the crowning jewel in a career filled with athletic accomplishments, Penfield has no plans to lower the bar. “I look forward to continuing my contributions to the college. I’ve worked with a succession of presidents, vice presidents and directors, all of whom I count as friends. They’ve been supportive of my leadership and of me as an individual.”

 

Penfield earned his doctorate at the University of Cincinnati in 1975. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1963 and his master’s degree in 1965.

 

He resides in Greenville, R.I. Penfield has seven children: Nicole  Kodak, Todd Penfield, Jason Raofield, Matthew Penfield, Ethan Loufield, Shelby Fallon, Damian Stutz and 14 grandchildren.

 

Carminda M. Rocha ’04 remains Rhode Island College’s all-time women’s tennis leader with 54 career singles victories. During her career, which spanned from 1999-03, Rocha won at every level she competed at, earning Little East Conference Individual Championships at No. 2 singles (’03, ’02), No. 4 singles (’00, ’99) and shared a No. 2 doubles title (’00).

 

The Rumford, R.I. native owns a 54-10-1 (.838) career singles mark and a 45-16 (.738) career doubles mark for 77.0 career points. Rocha was a part of three Little East Conference Championship teams.

 

As a senior in 2003, Rocha was the Little East Conference Champion at No. 2 singles. She was 12-1 (.923) mark at No. 2 singles and 9-3 (.750) at No. 2 doubles. Rocha was tied for the team lead in singles victories and was third in both doubles wins and points.

 

Rocha redshirted the 2002 season. As a junior in 2001, she was the Little East Conference Champion at No. 2 singles. She was 15-2 (.882) at No. 2 singles and 13-4 (.765) at No. 1 doubles for a team high 21.5 points on the season. Rocha led the team in points and singles wins and was tied for first in doubles wins.

 

 

 

As a sophomore in 2000, she was the Little East Conference Champion at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles. She posted a record of 12-4-1 (.750) at No. 2 singles and was 12-4 (.750) at No. 2 doubles for 18.5 points. Rocha was tied for second on the team in singles victories. She was second in doubles victories and points.

 

As a freshman in 1999, Rocha was the Little East Conference Champion at No. 4 singles. She posted a 15-3 (.833) record at No. 4 singles and an 11-5 (.688) mark at No. 2 doubles for 20.5 points on the year. Rocha was third on the team in singles victories and points. She was tied for fourth on the team in doubles victories.

 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Rhode Island College in 2004. Rocha is 1999 graduate of East Providence High School.

 

She is currently an elementary music teacher at Nathanael Greene Elementary School in Pawtucket and resides in East Providence.

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL JERSEY RETIREMENT

Former men’s basketball player Ray Huelbig ’72 had his No. 14 jersey retired at the Athletic Recognition Dinner and raised to the The Murray Center rafters. Huelbig, a RIC Athletic Hall of Famer and All-75th Men’s Basketball Team selection who scored 1,472 career points, will join Rick Wilson ’72, Alex Butler ’98, Richard Rouleau ’68 and Mike Van Leesten ’65 as the only former players with their jersey’s retired. He resides in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

 

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

In addition to the Hall of Fame induction and jersey retirement, Dolores Passarelli ’74 and Francis “Bud” Goodwin ’76 received the Bourget Award of Merit for their exemplary contributions to Rhode Island College Athletics and most notably its student-athletes.

 

Passarelli, who serves as RIC’s Director of the Office of Academic Support and Information Services (OASIS), has been instrumental in aiding countless student-athletes with academic support and counseling. She resides in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Goodwin, a former baseball and men’s basketball player, was recognized for his continued involvement with numerous athletic department endeavors. He resides in Greenville, Rhode Island.

 

The late George Tracy ’51 had a room in The Murray Center dedicated in his name.

 

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