The Roger Williams University Athletic Department announced the inaugural class of the RWU Athletics Hall of Fame, with the induction ceremony slated to take place during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, October 20, 2012. (See registration details below.) The first class of the Hall of Fame will include Ed Randolph '82 (Men's Basketball), Sharon Castelli '86 (Women's Volleyball, Women's Basketball, Softball), Matt Walby '94 (Equestrian), Stuart Hulke '00 (Men's Soccer), the 1999 Men's Soccer team, Ray Cordeiro (Baseball) and Dave Kemmy (Wrestling).
Ed Randolph finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in Roger Williams Men's Basketball history with 1,928 points, a record that he still holds to this day. He stands as the only player in RWU history with consecutive 500-point seasons. He had one of the best games of his career with a 43-point, 16-rebound performance against Western New England College in December of 1979. He also is only one of three Men's Basketball players in RWU history to have his jersey number retired (#32).
Sharon Castelli was the first RWU female athlete in school history to finish her career with 12 varsity letters as a four-year member of each of the Volleyball, Women's Basketball and Softball teams. She helped the Volleyball team win the 1984 ECAC Division III Championship and achieve its first-ever national ranking, standing at 15th in the nation. In addition, her #15 jersey number has been retired in volleyball. On the basketball court, she holds the school record for most assists in a season in basketball at 173 and stands tied for fifth all-time for career assists in basketball.
Matt Walby claimed the first national championship for any sport in the history of Roger Williams University Athletics after winning the IHSA National Championship at Open Fences in 1994. He won the Open Fences Division and Open Flat Division at the 1994 Zone 1 Region 1 Championships prior to his national championship victory. His performance helped him earn the honor of 1994 RWU Male Athlete of the Year. In addition, he also finished in second place at the IHSA National Championship at the Open Equitation Over Fences Division in 1992, earning Reserve Champion honors.
Stuart Hulke ended his career as one of the greatest players in the history of RWU Men's Soccer, ending his tenure as the all-time scoring leader in the history of the program with 175 points on 77 goals and 21 assists. Hulke was a two-time All-American in 1998 and 2000, becoming the program's first-ever All-American, as well as a three-time CCC Player of the Year selection. He set the single-season records for RWU with 29 goals and 64 points in 1998. He also went into the NCAA record books by scoring the fastest goal at the start of a game by scoring four seconds into the Hawks' game against Johnson & Wales on September 14, 1999.
The 1999 Men's Soccer team earned its place in the RWU record books as the first team to ever qualify for the Division III NCAA National Championship Tournament in any sport at Roger Williams. The team finished the regular season with a 10-1-0 record in the Commonwealth Coast Conference, then won three playoff games to earn the spot in the national tournament, including a 2-1 overtime victory over Gordon College in the CCC Championship Game. The team would go on to host Keene State in the first round game of the NCAA tournament and finish the season with a record of 16-6-0, which was the best record of any soccer team up to that point.
Ray Cordeiro has been involved with Roger Williams University and the Athletic Department for over 30 years. From 1980-1985, he coached the Roger Williams University Baseball team, compiling 52 wins over his six seasons with the Hawks. Cordeiro's responsibilities for RWU Athletics varied during his tenure, including Intramural and Recreation Director, Recreation Building Manager, Equipment Manager and Purchasing Agent. For 12 years, he served as Associate Athletic Director and was later the Alumni and Community Relations Coordinator. In addition, he currently serves as Ambassador of Alumni Relations.
Dave Kemmy has also contributed to the Roger Williams University community with more than 20 years of service. He has been the Head Wrestling Coach for Roger Williams since 1994 and recently wrapped up his tenure with 250 wins over the course of his career. He also guided the Women's Soccer team as head coach of the first five seasons of the program's existence, finishing with 56 victories and a .643 winning percentage. In addition to his coaching duties, he served as Sports Information Director and Assistant Athletic Director for Administration before being promoted to his current position as Director of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation.
The Athletics Hall of Fame reception will take place on Saturday, October 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Recreation Center. Click here to register to attend.