Grad Year: 1968
Year Inducted: 2004
Richard Lawrence ’68 played three sports as an undergraduate at Rhode Island College. He played three years of soccer, plus one season each of basketball and men’s tennis.
After graduation, Lawrence embarked on a 35-year career as an educator at Mt. St. Charles Academy that is still going strong today. In 1970, Lawrence was named the varsity soccer coach. In 1974, he was appointed the Director of Athletics. Lawrence was named the varsity boys tennis coach in 1974 and took over the girls varsity tennis program in 1990.
From 1970 to the present, his teams won a total of 29 league championships and six state titles in soccer and tennis. In addition, Lawrence’s teams have played in a total of 13 state championship games or matches. Among his many achievements, the Woonsocket Call named him the Soccer Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1985 and the Tennis Coach of the Year in 1981, ‘84-86, ‘90-91 and again in 2001. He received the Franklin Circle of Life Award for coaching both tennis and soccer in 1987.
In 2003, he was inducted into the Boys Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame and the New England Soccer Hall of Fame. In 2000, he was inducted into the Rhode Island Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame. When he stepped down in 1990, Lawrence had more wins, playoff appearances and division championships than any other coach in the history of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Education from Rhode Island College in 1968. He earned a master’s degree in English and American Literature from the University of Rhode Island in 1974.
He resides in North Scituate with his wife Carolyn. He has six children: Christian, Kirsten, Jessica, Alexandra, Meryl, Jacob and one grandchild.