URI Athletics Hall of Fame - Q&A with Mark Brockwell

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.

Mark Brockwell - Football
Brockwell was a three-year standout and key member of the 1984 Rhode Island football team that won the Lambert Cup as the top team in the East and advanced to the NCAA I-AA Playoffs.  A First Team All-Yankee Conference at the linebacker position, Brockwell was an All-New England selection and an honorable mention All-American pick as a senior in 1984.  He finished his career with over 200 total tackles, with more than 100 solo stops.

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

A: Honestly, at first I thought Thorr was calling me to play golf! I thought he was going to ask to set up a tee-time, so I was definitely surprised… pleasantly surprised.

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

A: My fondest memories are the relationships that I had with my teammates. It was the foundation of the championship that we won. The respect for the teammates and the pride that we had in each other was so important. The bond and foundation was so strong, it really turned our entire program into a class act. These guys were all classy guys, they were all-around athletes, and we had great pride in what we did as a team.

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

A: I’m looking forward to seeing everybody back at the ceremony; teammates, friends, etc., URI was such a big part of my life, so it feels like I’m going back home.

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

A: I started my own business, I’m a big entrepreneur, so I have my hands in a lot of different businesses. But honestly, ever since I left, I’ve been trying to come back.  That’s why I sent my daughter, Carly, there as a freshman this year.

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.