Grad Year: 1951
Year Inducted: 2005
Vincent McCrystal ’51 was a three-year letterwinner in basketball during his career as an Anchorman. As a forward, he was one of the top scorers and rebounders on a team that included fellow RIC Athletic Hall of Famers Cappy Asermely ’51 and Paul Donovan ’51.
A native of Pawtucket, McCrystal was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball while at St. Raphael Academy. He began his collegiate career at Georgetown University and suffered a career-ending knee injury during his freshman year and later transferred into R.I.C.E.
After a three-year stint in the Marine Corps from 1951-54, he embarked on a long career as an educator and coach. From 1954-62, he taught social studies at St. Raphael Academy and captured the Rhode Island Class B Football State Championship in 1961.
McCrystal moved to East Providence High School from 1962-71 where he also served as the head boys’ basketball coach. The Townies made the R.I. State Playoffs every season and were New England semi-finalists in 1964.
McCrystal retired in 1988 after spending 17 years as an administrator in the Cumberland School System, serving in the Principal’s capacity at North Cumberland Middle School and as the Assistant Principal at Cumberland High School.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the Rhode Island College of Education in 1951.
He resides in Rumford, Rhode Island. He has four children: Lynn, Suzanne, Vincent, Tim and ten grandchildren.