Grad Year: 1962
Year Inducted: 2000
Dick Magarian is a legend in the Rhode Island wrestling community. One of the founding members of RIC’s wrestling program, Magarian helped get the program on its feet in the late fifties as an undergraduate.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in education from RIC in 1962, he embarked on a 34-year career as a general sciences/biology teacher at Coventry High School. He also assumed the vice principal duties in 1972, a position he held for 23 years before becoming acting principal.
As he did at RIC, Magarian started the wrestling program at Coventry High before leaving to work on his master’s degree at Texas A & M University. Upon returning from Texas, Magarian was charged with rebuilding the Coventry High School wrestling program, which was disbanded while he was gone.
He built the program into one of the best in the country, winning 11 Rhode Island State Championships as the Head Coach. Magarian won three New England titles and coached eight All-Americans during his tenure. The Coventry High School wrestling team was selected as the Team of the Decade by USA Wrestling for their performance in the 1980s. CHS has won 20 State Championships, including 17 straight at one time, a nation-wide record.
He was voted the Scholastic Coach of the Year by Words Unlimited twice in 1982 and 1986. Magarian was recently chosen as one of the Top 100 Rhode Island Athletes/Coaches of the Century by the Providence Journal.