URI Athletics Hall of Fame - Q&A with Stephanie Ulicny-Domin

KINGSTON, R.I. -- The newest class of the University of Rhode Island Athletics Hall of Fame is set to be inducted next week - Saturday, March 7.

Six former Rhode Island standouts - five student-athletes and a head coach – Mark Brockwell, Tom Cataldo, Kellie Cookus, Tom Drennan, Michael LaBarbera, and Stephanie Ulicny Domin - will be honored as part of the 2015 Hall of Fame class.  

Leading up to the induction ceremony, GoRhody.com will feature each inductee in a brief Q&A highlighting their reaction to becoming a member of the Hall of Fame.

Stephanie Ulicny Domin - Cross Country and Track & Field

Ulicny Domin was the first Rhode Island cross country runner to qualify for NCAA Division I National Championship, doing so in 1993. A three-time captain of the Rams’ track & field and cross country teams, she earned All-East honors in cross country in 1993, as well as All-New England and All-Atlantic Ten honors in both sports for all four years of her career.  In 1991, Ulicny Domin was named the RIAIAW Athlete of the Year and Scholar-Athlete Role Model and was the 1994 recipient of URI’s Elizabeth Holmes Award.  She has been the head coach of the women's cross country and track & field teams at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc. since 1997.

Q: What was your reaction when you received the official call to the Hall?

A: I was very surprised and honored when I received the call. It also made me feel kind of old because I started thinking of all those great years at URI. All of my college memories came flooding back and I think working in athletics has given me a better understanding of the importance of the Hall of Fame, so I truly appreciate it. 

Q: What is your best memory from your time at URI?

A: My fondest memories definitely start with the relationships that I developed with my teammates and coaches. Traveling to meets such as the Penn and Florida Relays allowed us to create such a great bond amongst the entire team. Winning the New England Championship as a freshman and then qualifying for the Nationals in my senior season are great memories as well.

Q: What are you looking forward to most, in regards to the ceremony?

A: I’m really looking forward to coming back to URI, since I haven’t been there in 20 years. My husband and two kids have never been there, and my parents and cousins will be there for the ceremony as well. I’m looking forward to everyone coming together and enjoying it as a family and being able to appreciate URI as I always have.

 Q: What has your life/career/etc. been like since you left URI?

A: I got into coaching after leaving URI, starting at Loras College as a graduate assistant and then moving on to Carthage College, where I’ve been the cross country and track & field coach for 18 years. The career that I had at URI and the coaches that guided me definitely paved the way for my career to reach the point that it has. I also continue to run, although much slower than back in the day. 

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony brunch will be held on Saturday, March 7 at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, R.I.  Later that afternoon, the Hall of Fame class will be honored at halftime of the men's basketball game versus Saint Joseph’s.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Athletics Development office at (401) 874-2389 or email John May at johnmay@uri.edu.