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The following men and women have been inducted into the R.I. Track Coaches hall of fame since 1975. They have all contributed greatly to track and field in R.I. through their efforts as officials, sports writer, director of our sport, successful coach, and resource of information. Many of them are legends.

NameShort Bio
"Pop" JohnsonCoached Warwick Vets track and cross country teams in the sixty's and seventy's winning league and Class titles on a regular basis. He produced plenty of state champs.
Al MorroThe State's most successful coach of all time. His Classical H.S. teams were virtually unbeatable over his many years of coaching. The strength of teams came from his dominate throwers.
Alice SullivanThe founder of girl's sports in Rhode Island who advocated for equal treatment of girl's athletics across the state.
Ann Morristrail blazer for women's sports in R.I. She was a very successful track coach winning state championship during her tenure. Ann served as director of girl's track for several years.
Annemarie MarinoBarrington H.S. girls cross country has been a dominant force for many years under the guidance of Annemarie. Her teams have won several state titles.
Art CarlinArt passed away after a long career in coaching. He is best known for his expertise in the throwing events and produced All American hammer throwers Pat Egan and Paul Rao at Lincoln H.S.
Arthur ShermanStill actively coaching at eighty-five, Art is responsible for getting hundreds of coaches started as a Professor at URI with his coaching course. Art was an Olympic qualifier in the pole vault.
Bill FalkBill and his company M-F Athletics has been a generous supporter of Track and Field in Rhode Island for many years as well as a Nationally recognized coach and resource for the Pole Vault.
Bill GrayMt. Pleasant cross country and track coach of both boys and girls. Bill was recognized as coach of the year on two occasions.
Bill HaberekBill is a gifted coach who's Chariho track and cross country teams were always among the best in the state. He also served as the Coaches Association's President for many years.
Bill JohnsonLong time Bishop Hendricken assistant coach who has produced numerous All State and All American hammer and weight throwers.
Bill Polanddirected the East Providence track and cross country teams to numerous titles and had many All State Athletes.
Bill SheehanPilgrim H.S. dominated the distance events under Bill's tutelage for many years. He had countless All State Athletes in his career.
Bob and Anne Rothenbergtogether they provided R.I. track and cross country athletes with the very best of regional competition with the Brown Invitational Indoor and Cross Country Meets and most recently the Ocean State Classic
Bob BayhaBob's teams won many Division, Class, and State Championships in his years at Cumberland H.S. He served as President of the girl's coaches association and now co-director of girl's indoor track.
Bob CaruoloEast Providence cross country and track coach who had very successful teams in the early years of girl's sports. Many young ladies earned All state honors under his guidance.
Bob Gourleyrecognized nationally for the"Gourley List" of hammer and weight throwers, Bob has brought those events to the forefront and helped many R.I. athletes to college scholarships.
Bob LeddyJournal sports writer and track official who always made it a point to give track and cross country athletes the recognition they deserve in the articles he wrote for the Journal.
Bob PallazzoBob has been President of the R.I.T.C.A. for ten years and has orchestrated tremendous positive changes for the organization. His teams are always in contention for state titles.
Bruce Ewartcoached Smithfield girl's cross country to numerous Division and Class Championships and mentored a long list of All State Athletes.
Carl BuglioSmithfield H.S. track coach founded the Northern Division many years ago and his teams dominated the league. His specialty was the javelin.
Carlo RobertiUnder his direction East Greenwhich dominated the Southern Division during the seventies and eighties.
Carolyn ThorntonLong time sports writer at the Providence Journal. Carolyn gave track and cross country the coverage it deserves. Her articles put the spot light on teams and individuals with great insight.
Charley SweeneyPast President of the R.I.T.C.A. , former coach at St. Ray's, and the long time director of cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track for the Interscholastic League.
Charlie BreagyN. Kingstown has won indoor and outdoor titles in track under Charlie's leadership. His contributions to R.I. track and cross country stem from his Downtown 5K donations to R.I.T.C.A.
Charlie GibbonsVery successful Rogers H.S. track coach, who's teams won many league and Class titles as well as State Championships. He coached R.I.'s first seven foot high jumper.
Clarke LoweryServed as a volunteer official for many years before the league started paying. Clarke also served as director of indoor track for a number of years.
Dan O'GradyLong time and very successful track and cross country coach at LaSalle Academy. Dan coached numerous All State athletes and LaSalle had a dynasty under his direction
Dave BattlesLead Barrington H.S. 's cross country teams to numerous league and Class titles and had too many All Staters to count.
Dave WrightLaSalle Academy has won numerous Division, Class and State titles under Dave's Leadership. Dave has a long list of All State athletes to his credit.
Debbie DoyleCoach of track and cross country for many years at St. Ray's and Classical high schools. Debbi's teams have won four state titles.
Dick DugganBesides being a very successful coach, Dick put R.I. Track on the map by organizing the Johnson And Wales Relays and the Knights of Columbus Relays.
Don KavanaughDon was a major part of the Lasalle dynasty lead by Pete Curtin. Don took over for Pete and continued the dynasty with multiple championships and All Staters.
Don SzromLead South Kingstown H.S. to two state titles and numerous class and division titles over a long career. He produced many individual State Champions.
Ed CronanEast Providence cross country and track was fortunate to have the leadership and expertise of Ed for many years. He produced many All State Athletes.
Eunice Hindley Ponaganset H.S. cross country and track thrived under the watchful eye of Eunice for over twenty years garnering many, Division and Class Championships.
Frank HalliwellToll Gate H.S. track and cross country coach who mentored state champions in almost every event in his career.
Frank ShermanFrank was an invaluable resource for coaches and an outstanding coach himself. He coached Olympic Gold Medalist Janet Moreau.
Fred Reinhardt-Fred was the cross country and track coach at Bryant College. When the cross country coaches were looking for a new home for the state meet he offered Bryant's course for our use.
George Briggscoach of boy's and girls track and cross country for over thirty-five years. He coached many All State athletes for both boys and girls.
Harry GedermanVery successful coach of track and cross country at Cumberland H.S. His teams won State and New England Titles.
Ira BrownWoonsocket H.S. track and cross country coach whose teams captured many division and class titles. Ira also mentored numerous All State athletes.
Jack Lellivery successful cross country coach at North Smithfield and Smithfield H.S. He produced many State Qualifying teams in his career leading dozens of young ladies on to All Class and All State honors.
Jack SinclairDedicated track official who like all the others on our list volunteered his services for decades.
Jane HeadleyLong time and successful Cumberland H.S. coach and current Co- meet Director for girl's indoor track. Jane's teams were among the best in the state for years.
Janet Moreau-StoneJanet earned an Olympic Gold Medal while a student at Sargent College in the 1952 Helsinki Games in Finland, when she competed for the U.S. in the 4x100 Relay.
Janice TetreaultJanice coached North Kingstown for many years winning the 1987 Cross country State Championship and has been a respected track official since retiring.
Jay BrennanTrack and Cross country coach at Bishop Hendricken H.S. for over twenty-five years. His expertise has helped Hendricken attain over fifty state titles.
Jim DoyleLong time President of the R.I.T.C.A. has accumulated dozens of Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track State Championships as head coach at Bishop Hendricken and St. Ray's Academy.
Jim McCaugheySuccessful Coach, Meet Director for the R.I.I.L., volunteer official, there are few people who have done as much for track and field in R.I.
Joan PilsonStarted the North Kingstown cross country program in the 70's and produced many standout runners and championship teams.
Joe AdamecCoached OLP Seminary to state championships in track and cross country and help start the OLP Invitational Cross country Meet.
Joe BennettSmithfield H.S.'s cross country coach for the past twenty-five years has produced many outstanding runners who have attained All State recognition. His teams are usually among the best.
Joe BennettCoach of Smithfield Cross Country for over twenty-five years. Joe has had a very successful career with his teams being permanent fixtures at the state meet.
Joe FoleyJoe's teams won many city and league titles and he produced many All State Athletes at Tolman H.S. Joe passed away and is still remembered by his athletes and peers.
John CopelandU.R.I. 's head cross country and track coach offered R.I. athletes the opportunity to compete at the highest level while hosting the Rhody Classic indoor and outdoor for many years.
John H. DavisJohn was the master mind behind the present day R.I. Track and FieldOfficials Guild. He established the Old Timer's guild back in the early 1950's. He passed away over twenty years ago.
John MarchandCross country and track coach at Smithfield H.S. His teams have racked Division and Class Championships on a regular basis throughout his coaching career.
John MennaVery successful track and cross country coach at Lincoln H.S. His teams have won many team titles over the years and he has been a mainstay of the R.I.T.C.A. as its long time Sec./Treasurer.
John SignorePast Vice President of the coaches association and outstanding coach at Barrington H.S. . His teams won many division and class titles in both indoor and outdoor track.
Joyce BonnerCumberland H.S. track and cross country coach. Her teams have won numerous Class and Division titles and she has coached many All State athletes.
Joyce HarveyLong time South Kingstown track coach. Joyce's teams have won numerous Division, Class, and State titles and she has produced countless All State athletes.
Junie HoweAnother dedicated official who volunteered his services to the sport for decades
Karen MurphyLong time South Kingstown cross country whose teams have won multiple class and division titles. She has also produced many All State runners in her career.
Keith Lawtontireless track official loved by all especially the athletes. Keith started officiating right out of college in the early seventies and hasn't stopped since.
Kevin JacksonHis coaching success is unmatched, but he will be most remembered for his tireless efforts to get a premiere track facility built in Providence to be enjoyed b y athletes and fans alike.
Kevin MulliganOfficial and track coach at Shea and Lincoln High Schools. Kevin produced numerous All Stater's and Olympian Robert Howard.
Larry ByrneTrack Historian and announcer for track meets across the North East. Most noted for his selections for the Milrose Mile for H.S. runners.
Larry GalloglySports Writer for the Journal and former director of track and cross country for the R.I.I.L. Larry's love of the sport ensured recognition to thousands of athletes over the years.
Laurie BoemkerLong time R.I. track official who is nationally recognized for her work. She has been very active in making R.I. officials as knowledgeable as they are.
Mal WilliamsAthlete and coach at U.R.I.
Mark StrawdermanAll American Pole Vaulter at U.R.I. who has given back to his sport through coaches education instruction to R.I.'s athletes at camps and clinics.
Matt HirdMatt has been a fixture on the Rhode Island Track seen as a coach and official for over thirty years. He has served as President of the R.I. Track and Field Officials Guild and coached at St. Xavier H.S.
Mike BrownLead Classical H.S. in capturing many class and division titles in his career. Mike passed away at a young age.
Ned HaireLong time coach and volunteer official. Ned was a fixture at high school and college track meets for many years. He officiated for the love of the sport.
Norm BouthillierDirector of girls indoor track and R.I.T.C.A. executive board member for many years. His Toll Gate girls indoor track team went undefeated for ten years.
Norm MonksTrack and cross country coach at East Greenwhich and respected track official for manyn years
Pat CaswellVery successful track and cross country coach at Rogers H.S. Her teams earned many division and class titles.
Paul Alianiellostarted the Hendricken dynasty of state championships for cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track back in the early eighties.
Paul TetreaultPast Vice President of the coaches association and outstanding coach at Barrington H.S. . His teams won many division and class titles in both indoor and outdoor track.
Paul TetreaultUnder Paul's direction the North Kingstown cross country program has numerous class, division and state titles with a streak of over twenty New England qualifiers as a team.
Pete CurtinLegendary track and cross country coach at Lasalle Academy. Pete had numerous All Staters and State Championship Teams.
Phil KaneThought of as one of Rhode Island's most accomplished runners. Phil has earned All American honors on numerous occasions and has run on World Record breaking relays.
Ray DwyerCoach, Official, Executive Director of R.I. Injury Fund. Ray has been dedicated to Track and Field in Rhode Island for over five decades.
Ray TreacyRay has been a great resource for distance coaches. He has conducted clinics for the Association regularly. His National Championship Providence College x-c teams frequently feature R.I. runners.
Richard BennettChariho's track and cross country coach for many years lead his teams to many Southern Division and Class Championships, while mentoring many All Staters.
Rick Marshall"the Voice of Track and Field". Rick has had a lengthy involvement with R.I. Track and field as the announcer at our State meets. He recently spear headed the Bill Falk Track and field Foundation.
Roger RoyInstituted Cumberland's first cross country team in the mid seventies and proceeded tow win several state and New England championships.
Ron BoemkerR.I. Track and Field Officials Guild President and former Cranston East coach. Ron boosted membership and the quality of officials through thorough traing.
Ron Platt IIRon like most of the officials in the Hall was dedicated to the sport. He volunteered at Rhode Island H.S. meets for over thirty years
Ron Platt IIILike his father, Ron devoted much of his free time to officiating at H.S.meets in Rhode Island and is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable officials we have.
Sherry HathawayHas been a coach at south Kingstown H.S. and has led her team tow five state Championships as well as many class and division titles.
Skip O'ConnorBurrilleville H.S. cross country and track coach who lead the school to the Class B State Championship in cross country. He went on to coach at Holy Cross.
Steve MazzoneSports writer at the Pawtucket Times/Woonsocket Call for many years. Steve made his presents know at every major meet for track and cross country and provided great stories about the teams and athletes.
Sue CarlsonLong time track and cross country coach at Lincoln H.S. Sue has served the R.I.T.C.A. for many years as director of girls cross country and as an executive board member.
Ted McLaughlinVery successful high school coach at Hope ,who went on to Texas El Paso to win National titles.
Ted WarnockVery successful track and cross country coach at Tolman H.S. Ted has passed away and is dearly loved by his athletes and peers.
Tom DolcePilgrim H.S. Track and Cross Country coach for over thirty years. His teams have won a New England and a state championship as well as several division and class championships.
Tom KenwoodCumberland H.S. track and cross country coach and past president of the coaches association. His teams have won many division, class and state titles .
Tom RussellR.I. high school coach who moved on to lead URI to regional and National prominence by tapping the talents of R.I . athletes. He started the URI Interscholastic Track Invitational.
Tom SpannHope H.S. boy's and girl's track teams have dominated the sprints and relays for many years. Hope athletes have attained All State status in these events on a regular basis.
Varnam ElliottActive for over thirty years as a Cumberland H.S. assistant coach and valued track official. Helped Cumberland to multiple division titles in his tenure.