May 1, 2017


11 Honored by Rhode Island's Speaker of the House
and House of Representatives

Providence, R.I.-Ten current Rhode Island College student-athletes and one alumnus were recognized by the honorable, Nicholas A. Mattiello, Speaker of the House, and the Rhode Island House of Representatives at a reception held in the House Chamber at the Rhode Island State House on Monday afternoon.


The event was designed to give significant public recognition to men and women from the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island who have had significant achievements in their academic and athletic pursuits at their respective institutions. The honorees have also demonstrated exemplary citizenship and community service.




The 10 Scholar-Athletes from Rhode Island College were: Sophomore Melanie Brunelle (Warwick, RI) womenís track & field; Junior Jonathan Carney (Bristol, RI) menís cross country/track and field; Junior Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI) menís soccer; Senior Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, RI) softball; Sophomore Nicole Grammas (Cranston, RI) womenís soccer/track and field; Senior Chris Moura (Rumford, RI) menís soccer; Junior Dayna Reilly (Swansea, MA) womenís tennis; Sophomore Thomas Sheran (Marston Mills, MA) menís golf; Junior Roosevelt Shider (Meriden, CT) menís basketball; Senior Nicole Thibodeau (Loxahatchee, FL) womenís volleyball. 


Athletic Alumni from each school were also honored. Bill McCaughey Ď67 was RICís Athletic Alumnus Award recipient.


McCaughey is one of Rhode Island Collegeís greatest menís basketball players.


Despite being done with his days patrolling the hardwood from 1962 through 1965, he remains one of only three former Anchormen to total over 1,000 career points and grab over 1,000 career rebounds in Rhode Island College menís basketball history.


The Warwick, Rhode Island native is third all-time in career rebounding with 1,129 career boards and is 15th with 1,229 career points. His 554 total rebounds from the 1964-65 season still stands as the RIC record for a single season. For his efforts during his career, he was named to RICís All-75th Anniversary Menís Basketball Team in 2005 and elected to the collegeís Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.


In 1964-65, he guided the Anchormen to their second straight New England State College Athletic Conference Championship with a 22-5 overall mark. McCaughey ranked 11th in the country in rebounds at 20.5 per game, while scoring a team-best 22.4 points per game for the Anchormen.


In 1963-64, he earned NAIA All-District honors, averaging 13.4 points and 12.7 rebounds per game. McCaughey played in all 30 games for the Anchormen, helping the team to a 22-8 record while capturing the New England State College Athletic Conference Championship.


In 1962-63, McCaughey made an immediate impact in the RIC program, averaging 15.1 points and 14.3 rebounds per game. He was one of only two players on the team to average a double-double. RIC posted a 21-8 record with a 15-4 mark in the NESCAC to earn the South Division Crown.


McCaughey earned a bachelorís degree in social sciences from Rhode Island College in 1967. He was awarded an M.A.T. degree from RIC in 1972. McCaughey went on to a distinguished 32 1/2-year teaching career in the Warwick Rhode Island School System working with the intermediate grades. He retired in June, 2005.


He resides in West Kingston, Rhode Island with his wife Judy í67. They have one son, Joshua who was a two-time All-American in track and field while at Princeton University, and has two grandchildren.