April 20, 2015



Providence, R.I.-The Emo DiNitto/Rhode Island Chapter of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. will honor Rhode Island College Athletic Hall of Famer Tony Rainone '73 with its Contribution to Amateur Football Award at its 28th Annual Awards Dinner on Monday, May 4 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.


Anyone interested in purchasing tickets to the event can call (401) 885-2322.


He was an outstanding catcher and outfielder on the Rhode Island College baseball team from 1970-73, serving as a team captain during his senior year.




After graduation, The Cranston, Rhode Island native went on to an accomplished football coaching career at Central Falls High School. He began as an assistant coach from 1974-78 and then took over as the head coach from 1979-97. During that time span, Rainone’s squads won two division titles and made two Super Bowl appearances. He is a member of the Rhode Island High School Football Coaches and the Providence Gridiron Club Hall of Fames. Rainone was named the Rhode Island High School Division IV Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1997.


He received the Cronin Award, signifying him as the Rhode Island High School Football Coach of the Year in 1997. He also received the Jack Martin Sportsmanship Award in 1999 and the RIAAA Tedeschi Award in 2006. In addition to his football coaching duties, Rainone was an assistant baseball coach at Central Falls High School for 14 seasons.


After stepping down as the Head Football Coach, Rainone served as Central Falls High School’s Athletic Director from 1997-03. He was named Rhode Island College’s Outstanding Athletic Alumnus by the Speaker of the House and the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2005. Rainone was inducted into RIC's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.