Former RIC Student-Athlete A Staple of the College’s Athletic Department

By Leslie Crofton, Sports Information Intern

Coordinator of Athletic and Recreational Facilities Andy Coughlin has made a career of Rhode Island College Athletics. The 1996 RIC graduate who studied community health began working part-time in the College’s athletic department in his junior year and has been here ever since.

Coughlin, who is now 28, has held several different positions in the department since the beginning of his career. He is now a familiar face to everyone who is involved with any facet of RIC athletics.

He started out as a student worker, then he became in charge of field maintenance, which led to him taking on more and more facilities responsibilities. He then became the Intramurals Coordinator, while still being responsible for the facilities duties that he had had in the past.

This all eventually led to his current role as the Coordinator of Athletic and Recreational Facilities. He is responsible for the day to day functioning of anything and everything related to athletics and recreation at RIC, from a facilities standpoint. His primary responsibilities include set-up and break down of equipment before and after athletic contests, staffing events and maintaining and upgrading campus facilities including the Intercollegiate Athletics Building, the Recreation Center and the athletic fields.

When asked how he ended up working at his alma mater after graduation Coughlin replied, "As a student, I started working with Steve Alves, who was in charge of facilities at that time. He got sick so I started to take on more and more responsibilities in the department, which is how I eventually came to work full-time at RIC."

Anyone who knows Coughlin, especially those who have worked with him, knows that he is not one to exist only within the parameters of his job description. Despite how hard he works to accomplish the multitude of tasks that are on his own to-do list, he constantly goes out of his way and above and beyond what is expected of him to support the other members of the department’s administration as well as coaches and athletes. "Andy’s hard work, countless hours and dedication continue to make RIC athletics as great as they are," says Andy Barron, a former RIC baseball player and a student who has worked extensively with Coughlin over the past two years.

"Until you work for a collegiate athletic department, you have no idea how much work is involved," says Coughlin, who was no stranger to RIC athletics before he became an employee of the department. Coughlin ran cross-country and track & field, lettering all four years while an undergraduate. He captained the team his junior and senior year and he won the prestigious Heatherman Award, which is awarded to the top male student-athlete of each year’s graduating class.

Coughlin resides in North Providence, Rhode Island. He and his fiancée Danielle are busy planning their wedding, which will take place this August.


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