Sept. 7, 2000
KINGSTON, R.I. - A total of 10 University of Rhode Island athletic greats will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame as the Class of 2000, it was announced by Athletic Director Ron Petro. The 10 will be enshrined in ceremonies at Quidnessett Country Club on Friday, October 13. Tickets are available by calling Bill Bowers at (401) 874-4513. The induction of the10 will bring total membership in the Athletic Hall of Fame to 243. The Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1959.
A member of the sailing team in the 1980s, Doug Clark was named honorable mention All-America by the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association in 1985. He earned All-America recognition in 1986. Clark has served as sailing coach at Navy and Kings Point. He coached the Midshipmen to four Dinghy National Championships, three Team Race National Championships, two Single-handed Championships, two Sloop National Championships and one Women's National Championship. At Kings Point, his team won the Dinghy National Championship in his first year as coach.
A tight end on some of Rhode Island's best football teams, Brian Forster set virtually every school receiving record. Forster holds school records for catches in a game, season career as well as receiving yardage in a game, season and career. The Rams posted a 10-3 mark in both 1984 and 1984 advanced to the second round of the I-AA Playoffs.
The most prolific shot blocker in Rhode Island basketball history, Kenny Green blocked eight shots in a game on five occasions. His 124 rejections during the 1989-90 campaign are tops in Rhode Island history. He blocked 328 shots in his career, 103 more than any other player in school annals. His 1,724 career points are fourth most in school history. His 996 career rebounds are third in the all-time list. A member of Coach Tom Penders' 1987-88 team that set a school record with 28 victories, the Rams advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.
Bruce Hallworth was a standout baseball player at URI in the 1960s. He holds the distinction of hitting the first varsity home run ever at Bill Beck Field. He started his career as a catcher but was switched to first base. The versatile Hallworth went on to earn All-Yankee Conference honors in 1966 as a first baseman. Captain of the baseball team, he led the team in home runs and one of the highlights of his career was a 17-game hitting streak.
A four-year letterman for Coach Hal Kopps' legendary "60 Minute Men", Chris Latos started every game during his four-year career at Rhode Island. A two-time member of the All-Yankee Conference team, the Providence native was a 5-foot-9, 189-pound guard. He was a member of the team that defeated Brown, 7-6, in 1952. The Rams posted a 22-10 record during his career and the Rams posted a 19-5 record in his final three seasons.
An offensive lineman on Rhode Island's 1955 Refrigerator Bowl team, John O'Leary was captain of the freshman football team and was a three-year letterman for the Rams under Coaches Hal Kopp and Herb Maack. Rhode Island posted a 6-2 mark in 1954 before winning the Yankee Conference title in 1955. O'Leary graduated from URI in 1957. He returned to serve his alma mater for more than 40 years, coaching freshman football, serving as an assistant football coach, running the school's intramural program and the university's aquatic program. A long-time member of the Physical Education/Exercise Science department's faculty, O'Leary served as department chair from 1994 until his retirement.
A member of URI's crew team in the 1980s, Steve Peterson was a two-time Dad Vail Collegiate National Champion. He was a member of the 1996 United States Olympic team and 1990 World Champion. He was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1989-92 and 1995-96. Currently the head crew coach at George Washington, he was named the Atlantic 10 Conference's 2000 Coach of the Year. He is also assistant coach of the U.S. Lightweight Women's National Team. He served as coach of Rhode Island's crew team from 1989-91.
The third-winningest basketball coach in Rhode Island history, Al Skinner was named an assistant coach at URI in 1984. Four years later, he was named head coach. His 1991-92 team posted a 22-10 log and advanced to the third round of the NIT. The following year, the Rams were 19-11 and earned an NCAA Tournament invitation. His 1995-96 squad advanced to the NIT's Elite Eight and the 1996-97 team was 20-10 and earned an NCAA Tournament berth. Skinner accepted the head coaching position at Boston College in 1996 but has remained a close friend of the Rhode Island program.
Winner of the 1964 Albert LeBouef Award, signifying URI's top male student-athlete, Tony Tetro was a three-year letterman on the Ram football teams from 1961-63. He earned All-Yankee Conference honors and was named to the ECAC's All-East squad in 1962 and 1963. In 1963, he was named to the Associated Press All-New England team. From 1970-99, he taught physical education at Clarkstown North High school in New York. An assistant football coach from 1970-85, he was named Teacher of the Year in 1998.
A versatile and talented student-athlete, Louisannette Platt Wright played four different sports at URI (then Rhode Island State College) from 1939-43. She was a member of the field hockey, basketball, tennis and was captain of the rifle team. She was elected president of the Women's Athletic Association from 1942-43 and was named the best female athlete at the University by The Grist in 1943.