Inductees in Sports - Basketball

  1. Rev. Aloysius B. Begley, O.P.

    Inducted in 1974

    Reverend Aloysius B. Begley, O.P. was Providence College Director of Athletics for thirty-one years. Read more >

  2. Bernard V. Buonanno, Sr. (1909-2010)

    Inducted in 1992

    Bernard V. Buonanno was a graduate of Classical High School, teacher of French and Latin, Counselor, and, in 1936, returned to coach three sports, football, track, and basketball. He brought Classical championships in football and indoor track. He was a former member of the State Board of Regents and the Rhode Island Board of Education. Read more >

  3. Louis A. Cimini (1920-2010)

    Inducted in 2000

    Louis A. Cimini, a former resident of North Providence, legendary La Salle Academy coach and teacher, he also served as a football and baseball official as well as the Director of Recreation for North Providence. Cimini was an outstanding athlete in his own right and was inducted into six Halls of Fame and received a Presidential Citation and National Recreation Award for exemplary service to youth. Read more >

  4. Vincent E. Cullen

    Inducted in 1994

    Vincent E. Cullen, a native of Cranston, became a highly successful Director of Athletics and basketball coach for 29 years at Community College of Rhode Island and organizer of school's first basketball team. Vin Cullen served as its' first and only top athletic administrator whose teams won more than 500 games, a record for collegiate coached in our state. By the time of his retirement, he was the all-time winningest college basketball coach in New England. Read more >

  5. Ernest A. DiGregorio, Jr. (1951-)

    Inducted in 2001


    Enest A. DiGregorio, Jr., the legendary “Ernie D.,” was a Providence College consensus All-American basketball guard in the early 1970's. Read more >
  6. Daniel E. Doyle (1949-)

    Inducted in 2006


    Doyle, Daniel E., 1949-

    Daniel Doyle is a graduate of Bates College, where he was co-captain of the varsity basketball team, and of the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. Dan holds two honorary doctoral degrees – one from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts and the second from the University of Rhode Island. He is also a member of the Bates College Board of Trustees. Read more >

  7. Thomas E. Eccleston (1910-2001)

    Inducted in 1988

    Thomas Eccleston was a famed Rhode Island educational administrator, teacher, and coach, whose Burrillville teams won several state titles in baseball, football, and hockey. He continued on as a hockey coach, becoming what was believed to be the oldest high school coach in the United States. A former Principal and Superintendent in Burrillville, he was also a successful coach at Providence College. Read more >
  8. David Gavitt (1937-2011)

    Inducted in 1979

    David Gavitt, 1937-2001, a native of Westerly, was the successful coach of the Providence College basketball team, which brought fame to Rhode Island, for ten years. He was named coach of the basketball team that represented the Unites States in the 1980 Olympic Games. Read more >

  9. Joseph P. Hassett

    Joseph P. Hassett

    Inducted in 1997

    Mr. Hassett, of East Greenwich, was one of Rhode Island's all-time basketball greats, two-time all-stater, schoolboy All-American, and most valuable player for LaSalle Academy. He later starred for Providence College, becoming the third highest scorer in Friars history. He was twice-named All-New England and as an All-American, played for the NBA's World Champion Seattle Supersonics. Read more >

  10. Joseph P. McGee

    Inducted in 1981

    Joseph P. McGee was a three-sport star at Providence College. He instituted basketball at the school, serving as first captain and coach. He also became Varsity Football Coach of the Friars, and a member of the Providence College Hall of Fame. Read more >

  11. Joseph Mullaney (1925-2000)

    Inducted in 1970

    Joseph Mullaney, 1925-2000, was both a Providence College basketball coach and the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association. Mullaney is credited with bringing national recognition to Rhode Island through the success of his Providence College Friars. Read more >

  12. James W. Norman

    Inducted in 1989

    James W. Norman of South Kingstown, was a multi-award winning Sports Information Director at the University of Rhode Island and a radio voice of the Rams for twenty-eight years. He has served as President of Word Unlimited, the Providence Gridiron Club, and the URI Ram's Club. He is a member of the Universities Athletic Hall of Fame, and is one of his Alma-Mater's most famous ambassadors. Read more >
  13. Louis A. R. Pieri (1897-1967)

    Inducted in 1971

    Louis Pieri, 1897-1967, was the owner of the Rhode Island Reds Hockey club, and one of the organizers of the Basketball Association of America. He served the state on many occasions as a supporter in fund-raising campaigns. The American Hockey League presents the Louis A.R. Read more >

  14. Leonard Randolph

    Leonard Randolph "Lenny" Wilkens (1937-)

    Inducted in 1968

    Grew up the Bedford-Stuyvesant streets of Brooklyn, son of an African American father and an Irish mother. His father died when he was quite young, and the family was forced into welfare. He learned to play basketball on the playgrounds of Brooklyn and later earned a scholarship to Providence College. At Providence, Lenny matured, gained self-confidence and developed into one of the best basketball players in the country. Read more >



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