FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2017
RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE ANNOUNCES
ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017
Island College inducted eight new members into its Athletic Hall
of Fame at a gala celebration held at the collegeís Recreation
Center on Saturday, Sept. 30 (6 p.m.). RIC also recognized its
40th Anniversary of Womenís Athletics Teams at the same
Members of the Rhode Island College Athletic Hall of Fame
ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017
was a dominant pitcher on the softball team from 2009-11. A transfer
from Div. I Iona, Berard capped her impressive three-year career as
an Anchorwoman by appearing in 105 games, starting 38 of them. The
Swansea, Mass. Native compiled a 43-16 career record to go along
with 22 saves, a 1.22 ERA, eight shutouts and 374 strikeouts in
435.2 innings pitched. At the conclusion of her career, she was
RICís all-time leader in saves and relief appearances (67), while
ranking second in ERA, third in both wins and strikeouts, and fifth
in innings pitched.
As a senior in 2011, she was named
Second Team All-ECAC, Second Team All-New England and First Team
All-Little East. As a junior in 2010, Berard was named First Team
All-Little East. As a sophomore in 2009, she was named Second Team
All-ECAC, Second Team All-New England, the Little East Pitcher of
the Year and garnered First Team All-Little East honors.
Berard earned a bachelorís degree in
elementary education with a concentration in special education from
Rhode Island College in 2012. She is currently fourth grade teacher
in the Bristol-Warren Regional School District.
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outstanding second baseman and center fielder for RICís softball
team from 2008-11. During her career, the Anchorwomen won two LEC
Regular Season titles and a pair of league Tournament Championships
to go along with three NCAA Tournament appearances.
The New Bedford, Mass. native played
in 180 games, starting 177 of them. Blanchard batted .330
(178-for-539) with 123 runs scored, 178 hits, 34 doubles, 13
triples, 13 home runs, 116 RBI and 16 stolen bases. At the
conclusion of her career, she ranked first in RBI, second in both
doubles and triples, third in at-bats (439), runs scored, home runs
and total bases, and was fourth in hits.
As a sophomore in 2009, Blanchard was
named First Team All-New England, Second Team All-ECAC and First
Team All-Little East. As a freshman in 2008, she was named the
Little East Conference Rookie of the Year, First Team All-Little
East and Third Team All-New England.
She is 2012 graduate of Rhode Island
College with a bachelorís degree in nursing. Blanchard is currently
pursuing her masterís degree on the family nurse practitioner track.
She is a registered nurse at Miriam Hospital.
outstanding defender on RICís menís soccer team from 2007-10. In his
four seasons on the pitch, Carvalho played in 76 games, starting 70
of them. He totaled three goals and three assists for nine career
As a senior in 2010, Carvalho was
named First Team All-New England, the Little East Conference
Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Little East. As a
junior in 2009, Carvalho was named the Little East Conference
Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Little East.
The Dartmouth, Mass. native helped
lead the Anchormen to the programís first and only Little East
Conference Tournament Championship and the second round of the NCAA
Tournament in 2008.
Carvalho is a 2015 graduate of Rhode
Island College with a bachelorís degree in nursing. He is currently
working in the surgical intensive care unit at Rhode Island
(Subin) Grand í01
for RICís womenís cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field
teams from 1997-01.
During her indoor track career, the
sprinter earned five N.E. Alliance awards, broke several program
records and led the Anchorwomen to their first and only Little East
Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship in 2000. During her
outdoor career, the Middletown, R.I. native earned five All-ECAC,
four All-New England and 13 N.E. Alliance honors in various events.
She still holds the RIC outdoor program record in the 800m (2:20.0).
She earned a bachelorís degree in
communications from Rhode Island College in 2001. Grand earned a
masterís degree in health communication from Emerson in 2003. She is
currently self-employed as a personal trainer and wellness coach and
coaches high school cross country and track & field in California.
outstanding point guard on RICís menís basketball team from 2007-11.
During his career, he helped the Anchormen win three Little East
Conference Regular Season and three LEC Tournament Championships.
Gray helped RIC reach the NCAA Tournament in each of his four
seasons on the court, highlighted by back-to-back trips to the Sweet
16 in 2010 and 2011.
Gray was a three-time All-Little East
Conference selection and was named to the leagueís All-Rookie Team
as a freshman. He closed out his four-year career having played in
97 games, starting 72 of them. He totaled 1,041 points, 255
rebounds, 420 assists and 94 steals. Gray averaged 10.7 points, 2.6
rebounds, 4.3 assists and 0.9 steals per game for his career. He is
third all-time in program history in assists.
The Providence native earned a
bachelorís degree in sociology and minored in communications from
Rhode Island College in 2014. He is currently an assistant menís
basketball coach at the University of Maine.
longtime coach of womenís basketball and baseball at Rhode Island
Hopkins compiled a career record of
181-156 in womenís basketball in 13 seasons at the helm from
1985-98. He led the Anchorwomen to the Eastern College Athletic
Conference (ECAC) Tournament five times, winning the title in
1985-86 as his club posted a 17-10 overall record. He led the
1997-98 team to a personal-best 20-7 overall record, finishing
second in the Little East and reaching the ECAC Tournament.
He also spent five seasons as the
head baseball coach from 1985-89, guiding the Anchormen to a 68-62-2
mark. Hopkins led RIC to a 20-9-1 overall record and reached the
semifinals of the ECAC Tournament in 1986. He also reached the ECACs
after a 16-11 mark in 1985.
He earned a bachelorís degree at
Rhode Island College in 1978. Hopkins earned a masterís degree in
education from the University of New England. He is a Certified
Athletic Administrator (C.A.A.), a retired teacher from the Cranston
Public School System and currently serves as a City Councilman in
four-year starter for the Anchormen in baseball and captained the
team in 1972. During his career, he was a .331 hitter and left with
102 career hits, averaging over a hit per game during his time in a
RIC uniform, an impressive accomplishment during his era in which
the team would play roughly 25 games per season.
The Warwick, R.I. native has been a
successful high school softball coach in California during his
career. He guided his Riverside Poly high school team to the
California State Championship and sent countless athletes to NCAA
Div. I, II and III programs. He also served as the high school golf
An active member of the community,
Jones was named the California Teacher of the Year three times and
helped oversee his churchís volunteer efforts in Mexico.
Jones earned a bachelor of science
degree in social science from Rhode Island College in 1972. He
earned a masterís degree from Chapman University in 1989. He retired
after a 26-year career as a teacher.
outstanding wrestler at RIC from 2007-11. He finished a
distinguished career with a 136-35 (.795) record to go along with
261 takedowns, 29 reversals, 180 escapes, 116 near-falls and 13
pins. Sutherland was a two-time NCAA individual qualifier and a
three-time NWCA Scholar All-American.
The Dauphin, Pa. native earned
All-New England honors in each of his four seasons on the mat and
was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the 2009 New England
As a sophomore in 2008-09, Sutherland
was the New England Champion at 149 lbs. and advanced to the NCAA
National Championships. He also qualified for the NCAA National
Championships as a junior in 2009-10.
He earned a bachelorís degree in
physical education and health education with a specialization in
adaptive P.E. from Rhode Island College in 2013. Sutherland is
currently a physical education teacher at BF Norton Elementary
School in Cumberland. He is also the head wrestling coach at
Johnston High School.