Providence, R.I. – Ten current Rhode Island College student-athletes and one alumnus were recognized by the Honorable Nicholas Mattiello, Speaker of the House, and the Rhode Island House of Representatives at a reception held in the House Chamber at the Rhode Island State House on Monday afternoon.
The event was designed to give significant public recognition to men and women from the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island who have had significant achievements in their academic and athletic pursuits at their respective institutions. The honorees have also demonstrated exemplary citizenship and community service.
The 10 scholar-athletes from Rhode Island College were: Senior Brittany DeGrooth (Westerly, RI) women’s soccer; senior Michael Gallagher (Saunderstown, RI) wrestling; senior Eleni Grammas (Cranston, RI) women’s indoor/outdoor track & field; senior Nicole Grammas (Cranston, RI) women’s indoor/outdoor track & field; junior Emma Landroche (Warwick, RI) women’s indoor/outdoor track & field; senior Margaret McCaffrey (East Greenwich, RI) women’s cross country and indoor/outdoor track & field; senior Tyler Walsh (Cumberland, RI) baseball; junior Michael Webb (Pawtucket, RI) baseball; sophomore Chelsea Yang (Warwick, RI) women’s indoor/outdoor track & field; senior Oluwafunmibi Yusuff (Providence, RI) women’s indoor/outdoor track & field.
Athletic Alumni from each school were also honored. Ron Gillooly ’82 was RIC’s Athletic Alumnus Award recipient.
Gillooly came to Rhode Island College after an outstanding career at Cumberland High School where he earned Second Team All-State honors in track. He also competed in wrestling and cross country during his high school career.
As a student-athlete at Rhode Island College from 1978-82, he competed in men’s cross country and track & field.
Gillooly earned NCAA All-American honors in the 10,000m with a time of 30:23.97 at the 1982 NCAA Div. III Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championship, which was held at North Central College (Ill.). He also earned All-New England honors in the same event at the N.E. Championships.
During his senior year in 1982, Gillooly was ranked No. 1 in the nation (Div. III) in the 10,000m. He still holds the program records in the 5,000m (14:37.0) and the 10,000m (30.16), which were established that same year.
He competed at the NCAA Div. III Men’s Cross Country Championship as a sophomore in 1979, placing 54th overall.
Gillooly earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Rhode Island College in 1982 and is also a certified energy manager (CEM).
After graduation, he went on to a 21-year career with National Grid. He is currently the industrial energy program director at Leidos Engineering.
Gillooly and his wife Lisa reside in Stow, Massachusetts and have been consistent and generous supporters of RIC Athletics and its student-athletes for many years.
They are the proud parents of four children: Ryan (20); Sarah (18); Alison (15) and Ella (12).