Dec. 21, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College Athletic Department will induct 14 members into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 16. The 2007 inductees are Mark Carroll (cross country/track), Andy Keith (cross country/track), Tina Moloney Kimball (cross country/track), Amy Rudolph (cross country/track), Ed Monahan (men's ice hockey), Michael Smith (men's basketball), Seamus Purcell (men's soccer), Lou Merloni (baseball), Alex Nahigian (baseball coach), Cathy Guden (field hockey), Mary Burke (women's basketball), Britt King (women's basketball), Cammi Granato (women's ice hockey), and John Marchetti (women's hockey coach, men's hockey player). The inductees will be honored at halftime of the men's basketball game versus the University of Louisville at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. A reception at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Providence will follow the game, starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the reception are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling Jennifer Cote of the Friar Athletic Fund at (401)865-1880. Tickets to the men's basketball game can be purchased by calling (401)865-GOPC.
Mark Carroll `95: Won the mile at the 1995 NCAA Indoor Championship in Indianapolis, Ind. A six-time All-American, Carroll has competed in two Olympic Games (2000, 2004). He won seven BIG EAST titles (cross country, 1,000 meters, 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters (twice), distance medley relay, and 4 x 800 meters). In 1998, Carroll won the European Indoor 3,000 meter title.
Andy Keith `94: Won the 1992 NCAA Indoor mile. He captured the 3,000 meters in 7:49.83 at the Mobil Grand Prix in Fairfax, Va., and ran a 3:56.29 mile at the Commonwealth Invitational in 1994. He earned six All-America honors as a Friar and was a six-time BIG EAST champion (1,000 meters (three times), 1,500 meters, distance medley relay, and 4 x 800 meters).
Tina Moloney `89: Was the first women's All-American for the Providence College cross country and track squads. In 1988, she placed eighth at the NCAA Cross Country Championship to earn the All-America accolade. Also during her career, she captured six BIG EAST titles and the program's first ECAC title when she won the 1989 outdoor 5,000 meter championship. A native of Waterford, Ireland, Moloney was named Providence College Female Athlete of the Year in 1989.
Amy Rudolph `95: Was one of the top runners ever at Providence College. A 10-time All-American, Rudolph won two NCAA titles in 1994 (indoor mile, outdoor 1,500 meters). She captured five BIG EAST titles (cross country, 3,000 meters [three times] and the mile) in her four years as a Friar. In 1996, she established the American record in the 5,000 meters (14:56). She was a two-time U.S. Indoor 3,000 champion (1997, 2002) and a two-time U.S. short course cross country champion (1998, 1999). Rudolph also was the U.S. 10,000 meters champion (1996) and the 1998 U.S. 8 km Road Racing champion. Rudolph also competed in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.
Ed Monahan `56: Ranks 16th all-time at PC in scoring with 147 career points (85 goals, 62 assists) in 66 games. Monahan ranked second on the team in goals scored as a freshman (13) and was first in goals scored as a sophomore (23), junior (23), and senior (26). He led the Friars in total points throughout each of his four seasons (1952-53: 30 points, 1953-54: 34 points, 1954-55: 39 points, 1955-56: 44 points). He averaged 2.23 points per game, the highest average among PC players with 100 or more points. Monahan also averaged a PC best, 1.23 goals per game, ranking him 15th all-time in the NCAA record book.
Michael Smith `94: Was one of the school's greatest power fowards ever. He was the first and only player to win three consecutive BIG EAST rebounding titles. He finished his Providence career as just the fourth player to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. And, like the three before him (Marvin Barnes, Jim Hadnot, and John Thompson), he did it the old fashioned way: in three years. He set records for BIG EAST career rebound average (11.67), PC career field goal percentage by a forward (.554), and PC career rebounds by a forward (1,038). He led the Friars to their first-ever BIG EAST Tournament Championship where he was named Most Outstanding Player in 1994. In his three-year career at Providence, he averaged a double-double (11.8 ppg and 11.0 rpg). Smith was a member of the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team and a two-time All-BIG EAST Second Team selection. His senior year, he was named PC Male Athlete of the Year.
Seamus Purcell `89: Is the top defender to ever play for the Friars. He was a 1987 First Team All-America selection (PC's first First Team All-America selection in soccer), a 1988 Third Team All-America selection, and a four-time All-New England selection. He registered 21 points (eight goals, five assists) in four seasons at Providence. Purcell just finished his 12th year coaching at Bryant University.
Lou Merloni `93: Was one of the top players ever at Providence. He finished his career tied for first all-time at PC in RBI (159) and first in total bases (397). He ranks second all-time in runs scored (178) and triples (12). Merloni also is fifth all-time in doubles (49), sixth in home runs (24), and seventh in slugging percentage (.526). He was a two-time All-BIG EAST selection (1992, 1993), the BIG EAST Player of the Year (1993), and the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year (1990). Merloni's other honors include ABCA All-Northeast (1992, 1993), All-New England (1991, 1992, 1993), All-ECAC (1992, 1993), and Providence College Male Athlete of the Year (1993).
Alex Nahigian: Coached the Friar baseball team from 1960 to 1978. He compiled a career coaching record of 221-173-2. Nahigian led the Friars to the NCAA District I playoffs in 1970, 1973, and 1974. He was named Rhode Island Word's Unlimited Coach of the Year in 1970 and New England Coach of the Year in 1973. In 1979, he became head baseball coach at Harvard, where he coached until his retirement in 1990. Nahigian was named New England Coach of the Year from 1983 to 1985.
Cathy Guden `94: Is the only Providence College field hockey player to earn All-America honors three times in her career and the only player to earn First-Team All-America honors more than once. She was named Second Team All-American in 1991, and she earned First-Team All America honors in 1992 and 1993. Guden also was named Second-Team Regional All-American in 1990 and was a three-time First-Team Regional All-American in 1991, 1992, and 1993. She was named BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year and was a First-Team All-BIG EAST selection in 1993. Guden ranks eighth all-time in career scoring at PC (100 points), sixth all-time in career assists (30), and seventh all-time in career goals (35). She helped PC capture the BIG EAST Tournament Championship in 1991. The Friars were runners-up in the BIG EAST Tournament in 1990. Guden also helped PC earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 1990.
Mary Burke `87: Played in 115 of 116 games in her four-year career at Providence. She ranks fourth all-time in career scoring (1,672 points) and seventh all-time in career rebounding (740 rebounds). She was named to the KODAK Disctrict I All-America Team in 1987. Burke was the first female ever to receive the ECAC Award of Valor (1987). Some of the other honors she earned were being named the Providence College Female Athlete of the Year and the Rhode Island Female Athlete of the Year in 1987. She also received All-BIG EAST First Team (1986-87) accolades, two-time All-BIG EAST Second Team (1984-85, 1985-86) honors, and she was a BIG EAST All-Tournament Team selection in 1987. Burke led the 1985-86 Providence team to the BIG EAST championship game and a bid to the NCAA Tournament while spearheading the Friars' run in the NIT the following season. She was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004. Currently she is the head coach at Bryant University, where she has led the Bulldogs to five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Britt King `86: Ranks sixth all-time in career scoring (1,531 points), first all-time in career rebounding (1,205 rebounds). She was a U.S. Olympic Sports Festival Team member, a KODAK District I All-America selection in 1985, an All-BIG EAST First Team (1985-86), an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection (1984-85), a BIG EAST All-Tournament Team selection (1986) and a Providence College Female Athlete of the Year (1986). She averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game over her career at PC. She helped Providence to its first-ever BIG EAST Regular Season Championship and the team's first NCAA Tournament appearance. She holds every rebounding record at PC, including most in a game (22), in a season (398), and in a career (1,205).
Cammi Granato `93: One of the greatest women's hockey players in the world. She was named ECAC Player of the Year three consecutive seasons at PC and made the ECAC All-Star team all four years. Granato led the Friars to two ECAC Championship titles and finished her career with an amazing 256 points, the most any women's ice hockey player has recorded at Providence College. She is also the leader for single-season points with 84 (1992-93), goals with 48 (1991-92), and assists with 43 (1992-93). She is the all-time leading goal scorer at Providence College with an impressive 139 career tallies, and ranks second all-time in assists with 117. She played for Team USA after PC and posted 343 points from 1990-2005. Among numerous accomplishments, Granato played at the World Championships on nine occasions, as well as for the U.S. Olympic teams in 1998 and 2002 where she was the team's captain both years. In both 1992 and 1997, Granato made the World Championship All-Tournament Team and in 1996 she was named USA Hockey Player of the Year. Recently, she became the first female to receive the NHL's Lester Patrick Award, which given to individuals in order to honor their contributions to the game of hockey.
John Marchetti `71: Coach from 1980 to 1994, leading the Friars to a 262-69-15 (.779) record, including five ECAC titles. Has the highest winning percentage of any coach in any sport in the history of Providence College. Played hockey for the men's team (74 games, eight goals, 28 assists). Coached women's hockey at Yale from 1998-2002. Is the winningest coach in the history of NCAA women's hockey (292 wins over 19 years). Currently the head men's golf coach at Mercyhurst College.
The Providence College Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 1970 with 10 inductees. The 14 inductees of 2007 will join the 110 current members of the Hall of Fame.