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September 27, 2017

 

RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE ANNOUNCES

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017

Providence, R.I.-Rhode 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 event.

 

 

Members of the Rhode Island College Athletic Hall of Fame 

 

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017

 

Amanda Berard í12 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.

 

Amanda (Perry) Blanchard í12 was an 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.

 

Corey Carvalho í15 was an 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 points.

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 Hospital.

 

Keely (Subin) Grand í01 starred 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.

 

Antone Gray í14 was an 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.

 

Ken Hopkins í78 was a longtime coach of womenís basketball and baseball at Rhode Island College.

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 Cranston.

 

Ed Jones í72 was a 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 coach.

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.

 

Kevin Sutherland í13 was an 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 Championships.

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.

 

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