April 27, 2016



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior Joseph Plude (East Haddam, CT) received the John E. Hetherman Award at the college’s annual Cap and Gown ceremony on Wednesday morning.


The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement. The student who receives the Hetherman Award must be a male student-athlete who participates in intercollegiate athletics, a good student and has demonstrated interest and participation in campus activities.


Plude wrapped up his three-year career at Rhode Island College as one of the top defenders in program history. A two-time captain, he played in 37 games, starting 36 of them. Plude notched one goal and added two assists for four career points.




As a senior in 2015, Plude earned Second Team All-Little East honors. He was selected as a team captain for the second consecutive season. He played in 16 games, starting 15 of them.


As a junior in 2014, Plude played in 18 games, starting all of them. He was selected a team captain. Plude recorded one goal and two assists for four points on the season. He scored his first goal in a RIC uniform and added one assist in a 4-3 double overtime victory over Plymouth State on Oct. 11. Plude recorded his first assist in a RIC uniform in a 4-2 victory over Western Connecticut on Sept. 27.


In the 2013 season, he started the first three games of the year for RIC before suffering a season-ending injury.


As a sophomore in 2012, Plude earned All-New England honors while at Manchester Community College. He played in 20 games, starting 19 of them.


As a freshman in 2011, Plude played at Manchester Community College.


Plude is a mass media communications major and a 2011 graduate of Nathan Hale-Ray High School.



The Hetherman Award was established in 1958 and sponsored by the RIC class of 1940 to honor its classmate, Jay Hetherman. Mr. Hetherman, while a student, played varsity basketball and baseball for two years. He was also active in the drama club and took part in all “stunt night” activities and major productions. During World War II, Hetherman became a naval aviator, receiving his wings in Jacksonville, Florida in 1942. Approximately one year later, while returning from flying a rescue mission in the South Pacific, Lt. John E. Hetherman crashed and lost his life, leaving an enviable college and service career behind him.