Providence, R.I.--Rhode Island College will induct eight new members and one team into its Athletic Hall of Fame at the annual Athletic Recognition and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Donovan Dining Center on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Kyle T. Allaire ’12, ’15 was an outstanding shortstop for the Anchormen from 2009-12. He played in 142 games, starting 134 of them. He batted .378 (216-for-571) with 132 runs scored, 216 hits, 21 doubles, two triples, one home run, 86 RBI, 62 walks and 36 stolen bases. Allaire owned a .427 slugging percentage, a .442 on-base percentage and a .931 fielding percentage. He is the program’s all-time leader in career hits and career assists (429), and is also tied for the all-time lead in career runs scored.
As a senior in 2012, Allaire was named First Team All-ECAC, First Team All-New England by D3Baseball.com, Second Team All-New England by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA), was the Little East Conference Co-Player of the Year, First Team All-Little East and the team’s MVP. As a junior in 2011, Allaire was named Third Team All-New England, First Team All-Little East Conference and team MVP.
Stephanie M. Coro ’13 was a sharp-shooting guard on the women’s basketball team from 2008-12. She played in 107 games, starting 99 of them. Coro totaled 1,516 points, 395 rebounds, 199 steals, 113 assists and 224 three-pointers during her tenure with the Anchorwomen. She averaged 14.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.1 assists per game for her career. She departed as the second all-time leading scorer in program history, was second in games played and first in career free throw percentage (.855).
Coro was named First Team All-Little East as a junior in 2010-11. She was a Second Team All-LEC selection as a senior in 2012 and as a freshman in 2009. Coro was also named to the league’s All-Rookie Team in ’09.
She helped the Anchorwomen set the program record for wins (25-4) in a season en route to a Little East Regular Season and Tournament Championship and subsequent berth in NCAA Div. III Tournament where RIC reached the second round during her senior campaign.
Krystal R. (Bilek) Degnan ’10 was a standout third baseman on RIC’s powerhouse softball teams from 2005-08. She played in 148 games, starting 139 of them. She totaled 409 at-bats, a .321 batting average, 73 runs scored, 131 hits, 31 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 93 RBI, 192 total bases, a .469 slugging percentage and 61 walks. At the conclusion of her career, Bilek ranked second all-time at RIC in doubles, home runs, and walks, fourth in sacrifice flies (4), fifth in hits, total bases and slugging percentage, sixth in at-bats and assists (195), eighth in runs scored and 10th in batting.
As a senior in 2008, she was named Second Team All-New England by the NFCA, Second Team All-Little East and was the 2008 LEC Softball Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. As a junior in 2007, Bilek was named to the NCAA Div. III New England Regional All-Tournament Team at third base.
As a sophomore in 2006, she was named Second Team All-Little East. As a freshman in 2005, Bilek was named First Team All-Little East as a designated player.
She played on four consecutive Little East Regular Season Championship teams, three LEC Tournament Championship squads, played in the NCAA Tournament three times and reached the NCAA National Championship Round twice.
KRYSTAL (BILEK) DEGNAN
Melinda J. (Roczynski) Dietz ’00 was one of the region’s top high jumpers in women’s track & field who helped lead Rhode Island College to the Little East Outdoor Championship in 1999 and the Indoor Championship in 2000.
She won both the indoor and outdoor N.E. Alliance and Little East individual titles in the high jump as a junior in 1999 and again as a senior in 2000.
Dietz earned multiple indoor and outdoor All-ECAC, All-New England, N.E. Alliance and Little East honors in the high jump during her outstanding career.
As a senior in 2000, she won both the ECAC, N.E. Alliance and Little East titles in the high jump during the outdoor campaign. As a junior in 1999, she won the N.E. Alliance and Little East titles. As a freshman in 1997, she won both the ECAC and N.E. Championship in the high jump.
MELINDA (ROCZYNSKI) DIETZ
Richard A. “Dick” Ernst (posthumously) was a legendary men’s and women’s tennis coach at Rhode Island College who won a combined eight Little East Championships and mentored many All-Conference student-athletes. He led the women’s tennis program to four Little East Conference titles (1994, 1995, 1999, 2001) and guided the men’s program to four straight LEC championships from 1992-95.
Ernst led the women’s program for 12 seasons from 1989-01, compiling a 90-54-2 overall record. He guided the men’s program for 11 campaigns from 1991-01, building a 77-53 career mark.
A longtime educator, interscholastic coach and accomplished tennis player, Ernst was inducted into the City of Cranston Hall of Fame, the Cranston Athletic Hall of Fame, the Bridgton Academy Hall of Fame, the R.I. Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame, the R.I. Interscholastic League Hall of Fame, the USTA New England Tennis Hall of Fame and the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.
Kristy E. Nix ’07 was an outstanding outside hitter in volleyball from 2003-05 where she racked up a .235 hitting percentage, 1,032 kills, 729 digs and 103 service aces in her career. At the conclusion of her career, Nix was RIC’s all-time leader with 2,655 career hitting attempts.
Nix earned First Team All-Little East honors as a senior in 2005, while securing Second Team All-LEC honors as a junior as the Anchorwomen clinched a share of the Little East Regular Season Championship: the first and only one in program history.
She also starred as a guard on RIC’s women’s basketball team from 2003-06, playing in 69 games. Nix averaged 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game for her career.
Rachel C. Riley-Schafer ’12 is arguably one of the greatest low post players in RIC women’s basketball history. She played in 108 games, starting 100 of them, from 2008-12. During her time with the Anchorwomen, she totaled 1,263 points, 1,043 rebounds, 169 steals, 135 assists and 87 blocks. Riley is just one of three players to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds in program history. She ranks third all-time in career rebounds and is eighth all-time in career points.
As a senior in 2011-2012, Riley was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Women’s DIII News. She was also named First Team All-Little East and All-ECAC, Second Team All-Region by the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) and Third Team All-Northeast Region by D3Hoops.com.
She was named First Team All-LEC as a junior, Second Team All-LEC as a sophomore and was named the league’s All-Rookie Team after her freshman campaign. Along with Coro, Riley-Schafer helped the Anchorwomen to one of the program’s greatest seasons in RIC history in 2011-12 as the club won the LEC Regular Season and Tournament Championships and reached the second round of the NCAA tourney.
Christopher P. Ward ’81 was an outstanding point guard on the men’s basketball team from 1977-81. He played in 98 career games and compiled 1,093 points and 652 assists. Ward averaged 11.2 points and 6.7 assists per game for his career.
He is RIC’s all-time leader in career assists, while ranking 24th in career points. Ward helped the Anchormen to a 21-7 record in 1978-79 as RIC reached the second round of the 1979 NCAA Div. III Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Anchormen were ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 10 in the nation.
Rhode Island College won the New England State College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He received the John E. Hetherman Award in 1981, signifying him as RIC’s top male senior student-athlete.
The 1973 Men's Soccer Team is the fourth team to be enshrined in RIC Athletic's Team Hall of Fame. They will join the 1968-69 men’s basketball, 1979 baseball and 1990-91 wrestling squads in the HOF.
Head Coach Ed Bogda’s team went 13-3-0, recording the best record in program history, en route to a berth in the NAIA District 32 Playoffs.
RIC opened the season with a 7-0 record, which included a 4-1 victory over Providence College. After suffering their first loss, the Anchormen reeled off wins in six of their next seven games to close out the regular season and secure a berth in the NAIA District 32 playoffs where RIC lost a heart-breaking 1-0 game in overtime at Southeastern Massachusetts University to end the season.
The roster at that time was full of talent and are some of RIC’s brightest alumni.
Former goalkeeper and team captain Jim White '74 went on to tremendous business success and was named a RIC Alumnus of the Year.
Woonsocket native and former forward Phil Pincince '79 went on to a long career as a soccer coach at Brown University.
Forwards Orlando Andrade '76 and Athletic Hall of Famer Domenico Petrarca '77 are still some of the top scorers in program history.
1973 Rhode Island College Men's Soccer Team Roster
Head Coach Ed Bogda (posthumously)
Mark Altieri ’77
Nataniel Andrade ’75
William Alves ’77
Orlando Andrade ’76
Steven Baginski ’77 (posthumously)
Charles Carreiro ’76
Stephen Camargo ’74
Charles Chaves ’84
Robert Ferro (posthumously)
Wayne Forrest ’77
Chester Jackson ’74
Michael Janusz ’76
Domenico Petrarca ’77
Cam Pierel ’77
Philias Pincince ’79
Alphonse Proto ’74
Thomas Thatcher ’75
James White ’74