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October 18, 2014

 

SEVEN INDUCTED INTO ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College inducted seven new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame at a gala event held at Donovan Dining Center as part of Homecoming 2014 on Saturday evening.

 

 

 

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2014

William C. Cotter í96 was an outstanding wrestler at Rhode Island College from 1991-94. His was the first Anchorman to capture a National Championship by winning the 134 lbs. weight class and attaining All-American status at the 1994 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships.

The North Reading Mass. native dominated the regional circuit during his RIC career, winning the 134 lbs. weight class at the New England College Conference Wrestling Association (NECCWA) Championships three consecutive seasons from 1992-94 and competing at the NCAA Championships in each of those campaigns.

 

He posted a 31-1 record as a senior in 1994 and was a member of RICís 1992 NECCWA Championship Team. Prior to coming to RIC, Cotter spent one season competing for Plymouth State University and earned All-New England honors with a third place finish during the 1989-90 campaign.

 

 

 

Cotter also recorded a distinguished career while at North Reading High School where he was a two-time Massachusetts State Champion.

 

 

 

Cotter earned a bachelorís degree in physical education from Rhode Island College in 1996. He is currently the owner of Cotter Masonry, which he has operated for nearly 20 years.

 

He resides in North Reading and is the proud father of one daughter, Jade (12).

 

Kari J. Geisler í07 was a forward on RICís womenís basketball team from 2003-07. The Deerfield, N.H. native wrapped up her career as one of only three Anchorwomen to register over 1,000 points and rebounds, finishing with 1,216 and 1,045, respectively.

She ended her four-year career as an Anchorwoman having played in 103 games, starting 89 of them. Geisler accumulated 89 assists, 118 steals and 68 blocks during her career. She posted a double-double for her career, averaging 11.8 points and 10.1 rebounds, to go along with a 1.1 steals-per-game average. Geisler is second all-time in career rebounding at RIC, while ranking ninth in scoring.

 

As a senior in 2006-07, Geisler was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. She played in 28 games, starting 26 of them. She averaged 13.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. She led the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks. Geisler scored a season-high 22 points twice, grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds, tying the RIC record for the second-most boards in a game, vs. Mitchell on Jan. 30, tied a career-high with five assists twice and logged a season-high four steals vs. Wellesley on Nov. 28. She attempted a school record 22 free throws against Mitchell on Jan. 30.

 

 

 

As a junior in 2005-06, she was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. Geisler played in 26 games, starting 25 of them. She averaged a team-high 10.6 rebounds per game to go along with 11.2 points, 1.0 steals and 1.0 assists per game. Geisler registered season-highs of 18 points twice, 16 rebounds three times, five assists vs. Southern Maine on Feb. 11, two blocks twice and three steals on several occasions. She was named the Little East Conference's Player of the Week once on the season.

 

As a sophomore in 2004-05, she was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. Geisler played in 27 games, starting 24 of them. She averaged a team-high 9.3 rebounds per game to go along with 10.4 points, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. Geisler registered season-highs of 21 points twice, 17 rebounds vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 15, two assists on several occasions, four steals vs. Roger Williams on Nov. 19 and three blocks vs. UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 18. She was named the Little East Conference's Player of the Week twice.

 

 

 

As a freshman in 2003-04, Geisler was named the Little East Conference's Rookie of the Year and was also a Second Team All-Conference selection. Geisler played in 22 games, starting 14 of them. She led the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. She also averaged 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks per contest. Geisler registered a career-high 29 points vs. Plymouth State on Dec. 11, a season-high 18 rebounds vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 11, one assist on several occasions, a career-high five steals vs. Connecticut College on Nov. 25 and two blocks on several occasions.

 

She also played two seasons of womenís volleyball at RIC, starring as a middle hitter in both 2003 and 2004. Geisler was a Second Team All-LEC selection as a sophomore, helping lead the Anchorwomen to the programís only Little East Regular Season Championship.

 

 

 

She earned a bachelorís degree in physical/health education from Rhode Island College in 2007. Geisler finished her masterís degree in sports management from Southern New Hampshire in 2011. She is currently working on an additional masterís degree in school counseling at Plymouth State University. Geisler is a 2003 graduate of Pinkerton Academy where she was a First Team All-Star selection.

 

Geisler resides in Dover, N.H. is an adaptive physical education teacher in Rochester, N.H., a position she has held since 2007.

 

Christie Lotti-Proctor í08 is the greatest softball positional player in Rhode Island College history. The first baseman did it all for the Anchorwomen, leading off, playing outstanding defense and was the engine that drove one of the most powerful offensive attacks the region has ever seen.

During her tenure, Lotti-Proctor was a member of four Little East Conference Regular Season Championships, three LEC Tournament Championships, two NCAA New England Regional titles and two NCAA National Championship Round appearances.

 

The Waterford, Conn. native wrapped up her RIC career having played in 179 games, starting 177 of them. She totaled 593 at-bats, a .423 batting average, 182 runs scored, 251 hits, 43 doubles, 31 triples, 14 home runs, 103 RBI, 398 total bases, a .671 slugging percentage, 70 walks, 61 stolen bases and 910 putouts, ranking first all-time at RIC in every category. She also held eight RIC single season records at the conclusion of her career.

 

As a senior in 2008, she was named a Second Team All-American, First Team All-New England, the ECAC New England Player of the Year, First Team All-ECAC, garnered her third consecutive Little East Conference Player of the Year award and fourth straight First Team All-LEC selection. She was named to the NCAA Div. III New England Regional All-Tournament Team at first base. She played in 45 games, starting all of them, batting .440 (66-for-150) with 56 runs scored (a new RIC record), 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 30 RBI and 23 stolen bases. Lotti-Proctor walked a team-leading 27 times. She owned a .587 slugging percentage, a .525 on-base percentage and a .928 fielding percentage.

 

 

 

As a junior in 2007, She was named Second Team All-New England, received the Little East Conference Player of the Year Award and garnered First Team All-Little East honors. Lotti-Proctor was also named to the NCAA Div. III New England Regional All-Tournament Team at first base. She played in 48 games, starting 47 of them. Lotti-Proctor batted .424 (67-for-158) with 50 runs scored, 67 hits, 13 doubles, 11 triples, three home runs, 25 RBI and 13 stolen bases. She owned a .703 slugging percentage, a .477 on-base percentage and a .970 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2006, Lotti-Proctor was named a First Team NEISCA All-Star. She was named the Little East Conference Softball Player of the Year, as well as earning First Team All-LEC honors. Lotti-Proctor was also named First Team All-New England. She played in 44 games, starting all of them. She batted .389 (58-for-149) with 39 runs, 58 hits, seven doubles, 11 triples, four home runs, 26 RBI and eight stolen bases. She owned a .664 slugging percentage, a .429 on-base percentage and a .978 fielding percentage.

 

 

 

As a freshman in 2005, she was named the 2005 Little East Conference Softball Rookie of the Year. Lotti-Proctor was also named First Team All-Little East and was a First Team All-New England selection. She played in 42 games, starting 41 of them. She batted a team-high .441 (60-for-136) with a team-high 60 hits, 37 runs scored, 16 walks, six triples, five home runs and 17 stolen bases along with 13 doubles and 22 RBI. Lotti-Proctor owned a .735 slugging percentage, a .500 on base percentage and a .975 fielding percentage.

 

Lotti-Proctor earned a bachelorís degree in psychology/chemical dependency and addiction from RIC in 2008. She earned a masterís degree in psychology with a concentration in athletic counseling from Springfield College in 2010. Lotti-Proctor earned All-State and All-ECC honors during her high school career at Waterford High School.

 

 

 

She is currently the athletic director at Nazareth Academy in Wakefield, Mass. and resides in Reading with her husband Erik and son Easton (2).

 

Erin M. Miga í09 was a dominant middle hitter for Rhode Island Collegeís womenís volleyball team from 2003-06. She helped lead RIC to the programís only Little East Conference Regular Season Championship in 2004.

At the conclusion of her career, the Cranston, R.I. native was the programís all-time leader in career kills, hitting attempts, hitting percentage and blocks. She also held four of the top five single-season hitting percentage marks. During her career, she played in 483 sets in 130 career matches. She totaled 1,343 kills (2.78/set), a .319 career hitting percentage, 94 service aces (.19/set), 162 digs (.335) and 570 blocks (1.18/set).

 

As a senior in 2006, Miga was named First Team All-Little East Conference for the third consecutive season and selected as the teamís MVP. She played in 115 sets in 31 matches, totaling 357 kills (3.10/set), a .337 hitting percentage, 23 service aces (0.2/set), 57 digs (.50/set) and 138 blocks (1.2/set). She earned Little East Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors during the season.

 

 

 

As a junior in 2005, she was named First Team All-Little East Conference. Miga played in 126 sets in 36 matches. She had 383 kills (3.04/set), a .328 hitting percentage, five assists (0.04/set), 62 service aces (0.49/set), 69 digs (0.55/set) and 180 blocks (1.43/set). She was named the Little East Conferenceís Defensive Player of the Week twice on the season.

 

As a sophomore in 2004, she was named First Team All-Little East Conference. Miga played in 126 sets in 33 matches. She had 325 kills (2.58/set), a .308 hitting percentage and 164 blocks (1.30/set). Miga was named to both the Springfield and RIC Invitationalís All-Tournament teams. She was named the Little East Conferenceís Defensive Player of the Week once on the season.

 

 

 

As a freshman in 2003, she played in 116 sets in 30 matches. She had 278 kills (2.397/set), a .296 hitting percentage, three assists (0.026/set), nine service aces (0.078/set), 28 digs (0.241/set), and 88 blocks (0.759/set).

 

Miga earned a bachelorís degree in elementary education from Rhode Island College in 2009. She is currently a teacher at Horgan Elementary School and resides in Cranston, R.I. She was an All-State and All-Division selection during her high school career at Cranston High School East.

 

Maria B. Morin took over as RICís head softball coach in 1995 after concluding an outstanding undergraduate career as a pitcher at Skidmore. The Providence, R.I. and Classical High School product built the Anchorwomen softball program from the ground up, taking RIC to the pinnacle of NCAA Div. III in an 18-year career.

Morin went on to amass more wins than any other coach in Rhode Island College history, compiling a 458-257-4 career mark. She guided the Anchorwomen to five consecutive Little East Conference Regular Season Championships (2005, í06, í07, í08, í09) and four straight Little East Tournament Championships (2006, í07, í08, í09).

 

RIC made five NCAA Tournament appearances under her tutelage, reaching the National Championship Round in both 2007 and 2008, and won 20 or more games for 13 consecutive seasons from 1999-2011.

 

 

 

She guided the Anchorwomen to NCAA New England Regional titles in 2007 and 2008. Morin led the Anchorwomen within one win of capturing her third NCAA Regional title in 2011. RIC won the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Championship under her tutelage in 2005.

 

During her tenure, she coached two National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans, 17 All-New England selections, five Little East Players and three Pitchers of the Year and 81 All-Conference award recipients. She, along with her staff, was named the NFCA New England Coaching Staff of the Year twice. Morin was named the Little East Coach of the Year three times.

 

 

 

She was inducted into the Little East Conference Hall of Fame in 2013.

 

Morin graduated from Skidmore with a bachelorís degree in elementary education with a minor in psychology in 1994.

 

 

 

While an undergraduate at Skidmore College, Morin was an outstanding pitcher for the Thoroughbreds from 1991 until 1994. She captained the team her junior and senior seasons and was the team's Most Valuable Player in 1992, 1993 and 1994. At the time of her graduation, she was Skidmore's all-time leader in games started (56), while ranking second in wins with (38), games pitched (63), complete games (44), innings pitched (363) and was third in career ERA (3.41). She was a two-time NYSWCAA state playoff all-tournament selection and was named the Offensive Player of the Year in 1991. She was named to the Manhattanville Valiant All-Tournament Team in 1994.

 

She spent 1996-2014 as a library media specialist at the Carl G. Lauro Elementary School and is currently serving in the same capacity at West Broadway Middle School. Morin resides in Johnston, R.I. with her husband Philip and sons Alex (10) and Ryan (3).

 

Nicole C. Riley í09 is one of the greatest pitchers in Rhode Island College softball history, starring in the circle from 2004-07. She wrapped up her amazing career as an Anchorwoman, appearing in 122 career games, starting 98 of them. Riley posted a 77-20 record to go along with five saves, a 1.54 ERA, 600 strikeouts, 59 complete games and 23 shutouts. At the conclusion of her career, she was Rhode Island Collegeís all-time leader in career appearances, games started, wins, relief appearances (24), and shutouts. Riley ranked second in both innings pitched and strikeouts, while placing third in career ERA and fourth in complete games.

 

She helped lead the Anchorwomen to the NCAA National Championship Round and an NCAA New England Regional Championship in 2007. Riley was a member of three Little East Conference Regular Season Championship teams and two LEC Tournament title-winners.

 

 

 

As a senior in 2007, Riley was named a Second Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). She was also named the Cox Sports Television Rhode Island Female Athlete of the Year, First Team All-New England, the Little East Conferenceís Co-Pitcher of the Year and garnered First Team All-Little East honors. She was named to the 2007 NCAA N.E. Regionalís All-Tournament Team where she went 3-0 in four appearances with a 0.97 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. The senior righty appeared in 43 games, starting 36 of them. Riley was 29-5 with a 1.12 earned run average and two saves. She struck out 233 batters in 219.1 innings of work and logged 12 shutouts. Her 2007 campaign established new program records for the most games started (36), wins, innings pitched, strikeouts and shutouts in a season. Riley established the longest consecutive winning streak in NCAA Div. III softball history (43 games) to date, which began on Mar. 17, 2006 and ended on Apr. 22, 2007 in a 4-0 loss to Keene State. As a hitter, she batted .500, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two hits, one double and two RBI. She owned a .750 slugging percentage, a .500 on-base percentage and a .967 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2006, Riley was the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year, a First Team All-LEC selection and a First Team All-NEISCA All-Star. She appeared in 34 games, starting 27 of them, and was 26-2 with two saves, a 1.38 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 192.1 innings pitched. She was also a First Team All-New England selection and was named to the 2006 NCAA Div. III New England Regional Softball Tournamentís All-Tournament Team as an At-Large selection. At the plate, Riley batted .254 (18-for-71) with 10 runs scored, 18 hits, five doubles, seven RBI and two stolen bases. She owned a .324 slugging percentage, a .329 on-base percentage and a .969 fielding percentage.

 

 

 

As a sophomore in 2005, she appeared in 25 games, starting 17 of them. She owned a 12-6 record with one save. She had a 2.19 ERA and pitched five complete games. In 112 innings, she struck out 101 batters. As a hitter, she played in 18 games, starting 13 of them. She batted .189 with seven hits, one triple, eight walks, one stolen base, eight runs scored and four RBI. Riley owned a .243 slugging percentage, a .333 on base percentage and a .897 fielding percentage.

 

As a freshman in 2004, she appeared in 20 games, starting 18 of them. She owned a 10-7 record with a 2.01 ERA. In 104.2 innings pitched, she struck out 94 batters. As a hitter, Riley played in 26 games, starting 24 of them. She batted .354 with 23 hits, three doubles, one triple, five walks, five runs scored and 10 RBI. Riley owned a .431 slugging percentage, a .400 on-base percentage and a .903 fielding percentage.

 

She earned a bachelorís degree in general studies from Rhode Island College in 2009. Riley earned All-State and All-Division honors while at North Providence High School.

 

 

 

Riley resides in North Providence and is currently a life skills trainer at NeuroRestorative in Charlestown, R.I.

 

Kamari B. Williams í08 was an outstanding guard on the Rhode Island College menís basketball team from 2003-07. The Springfield, Mass. native left Rhode Island College having played in 110 games, starting 65 of them. He totaled 1,223 career points, 287 rebounds, 305 assists and 135 steals He averaged 11.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for his career. At the conclusion of his career, Williams was 10th all-time in career assists, 15th in scoring and third in games played.

 

 

He was a member of two Little East Conference Regular Season Championships (2007, í05) and a member of one Little East Conference Tournament title-winner (2007). Williams helped lead the Anchormen to the Elite Eight of the 2007 NCAA Div. III Menís Basketball Tournament. He also played on two squads that made it to the finals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Div. III Tournament in back-to-back seasons (2006, í05.).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a senior in 2006-07, Williams played in 26 games. He averaged 6.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He recorded season-highs of 14 points in the win over Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 6, five rebounds vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 17, seven assists vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 13 and three steals against Keene State in the Championship Game of the 2007 Little East Conference Tournament on Feb. 24.

 

 

 

As a junior in 2005-06, Williams played in 29 games, starting 24 of them. He averaged 10.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Williams registered season-highs of 28 points vs. Keene State on Dec. 3, five rebounds twice, five assists four times and three steals three times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a sophomore in 2004-05, he was named First Team All-Little East Conference. Williams played in 29 games, starting all of them. He averaged a team-high 15.9 points, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game, along with 3.9 rebounds per game. Williams registered a career-highs of 32 points and 14 assists vs. Ursinus on Nov. 20, eight rebounds vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 8 and five steals vs. Roger Williams on Dec. 2. He recorded a .869 free throw percentage this winter, the third-best mark for a single season in RIC menís hoop history at the time.

 

 

 

As a freshman in 2003-04, Williams was named the Little East Conference's Rookie of the Year. Williams played in 26 games, starting 12 of them. He was second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per game, and contributed a team-high 88 assists and 41 steals. Williams registered season-highs of 27 points vs. Wheaton on Nov. 22, six rebounds vs. Kean University on Dec. 27, eight assists twice and five steals vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 24. Williams earned Little East Rookie of the Week honors five times that season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He earned a bachelorís degree in political science from Rhode Island College in 2008. Williams was a two-time All-Western Massachusetts All-Star and a member of the Massachusetts State Championship team in 2002 while at Cathedral High School.

 

 

 

Williams is currently a tutor at the High School of Science and Technology in Springfield and serves as the head varsity boysí basketball coach.

 

 

 

He resides in Springfield and is the proud father of a daughter, Kamaya (4).

 

 

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

 

Longtime Rhode Island College athletic department secretary Jeanne DíAgostino and her husband David received the 2014 Bourget Award of Merit for their contributions to Rhode Island College athletics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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