Beisel and Cooley mark the induction of the Class of 2022 into the RIIL Hall of Fame on Wednesday



Rhode Island Interscholastic League Press Release

WARWICK, RI (July 15, 2022) – The following distinguished athletes, coaches, officials and administrators will be inducted into the 2022 Rhode Island Interscholastic League High School Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at Crowne Plaza in Warwick.

Elizabeth Beisel

Arguably the best female swimmer ever out of Rhode Island, Beisel competed in three Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016), winning a silver medal (400 meter medley) and a bronze medal (200 meter backstroke) at the 2012 Summer Games in London. At the same time, the Saunderstown resident was compiling an incredible high school swimming career at North Kingstown High School, where she won the maximum of eight individual RIIL individual titles, setting current state high school and URI pool records. road, while helping the Skippers. achieve several relay victories. Beisel also played at the University of Florida and became a media contributor for NBC and ESPN.

Frank Caparco

A two-time All-State golfer and a member of the Cranston East ice hockey team that won two state titles (1966 and 1967) and a New England championship, Caparco continued to play both sports at the former Rhode Island Junior College and Roger Williams. Middle School. He has remained connected to hockey serving as a youth, high school and collegiate hockey official for over 40 years. A past president of the RI Hockey Officials Organization, Caparco officiated numerous championships at all levels and officiated over 140 RIIL playoff games from 1973 to 2015.

Marguerite Conaty

One of the first generation of girls given the opportunity to play interscholastic sports in Rhode Island, Margaret “Bootie” Conaty took full advantage of the opportunity, competing in field hockey, cross country, basketball court and outdoor track for Smithfield High School. Named the school’s most outstanding female athlete in 1972, she led the Sentinels to the first RIIL women’s basketball state championship that year, as well as consecutive outdoor state titles. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, where she played field hockey, basketball and lacrosse, Conaty embarked on a successful 41-year career in high school athletic administration. of Massachusetts, while serving on numerous boards and committees of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. and the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Ed Cooley

Named 2022 National and Big East Conference Coach of the Year in his 16e season as head coach of the Providence College men’s basketball team, Cooley got his start not far from where he now coaches the Friars, honing his skills at Central High School in the late 1980. Twice selected to the All-State First Team, the 6-foot-3 forward guided the Knights to back-to-back RIIL state championships in 1987 and 1988. Described by then-coach Harold Metts , as “the spiritual leader of the team”, Cooley earned tournament MVP honors twice, then continued his Hall of Fame career at Stonehill College before joining the college coaching ranks.

Manny Da Silva

A three-sport star at the former Bristol High School from 1987 to 1991, DaSilva was a three-time first-team All-State baseball player, first-team All-State football player and All-Division basketball player for the Colts. . He received a baseball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he played for three seasons before being drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 1994. When an injury cut short his professional career, DaSilva went into law enforcement, working as a deputy. sheriff of North Carolina and then of Rhode Island. He has stayed connected to baseball through coaching and is a hitting instructor for youth and college players.

Claudia DeFaria

A member of the Central Falls, CCRI, Rhode Island College, New England Basketball and Little East Halls of Fame, DeFaria left an indelible mark on every basketball program she played for. Graduated from Central Falls High School in 1990 as the Warriors’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder with 1,350 points and over 1,000 rebounds, the All-Stater went on to play in the 1990 CCRI (916 points and 214 assists). -92 and at the RIC (1,048 points) from 1993 to 1995. She had successful stints as a coach at Cranston West, CCRI and now at the RIC, where she is an assistant coach when not working for Adoption Rhode Island.

Kelli Fay-Wolfe

The 1987 Words Unlimited RI Schoolgirl Athlete of the Year, Fay-Wolfe played both basketball and track and field at Cumberland High School. A two-time All-Stater, 1987 Converse All-American and 1987 Naismith RI Player of the Year, she finished with 1,073 career points and helped lead the Clippers to the Class A championship game in 1985. 1986 and 1987. . Fay-Wolfe also became the first girl to win four individual titles at the 1987 Outdoor State Meet and led Cumberland to the state championship that year. She then had a hugely successful track career at the University of Pennsylvania. A high school and college math teacher, Fay-Wolfe coached high school girls in basketball and track and field and is a track official.

Jameson “Jamie” Gresh

Earning first place in singles in his freshman year at Barrington High School, Gresh didn’t lose a match in his sophomore, junior, and senior years, winning three straight RIIL state singles titles in 1996, 1997 and 1998. During his high school career, the four-time first-team All-Stater also led the Eagles to three Division I state championships. He won No. 1 spots in singles and doubles at the during his junior and senior years at Penn State University and was selected to the All Big Ten Conference both seasons. Gresh played professionally for several years after college and served as an assistant coach at Brown for four seasons before moving to Newport Beach, Calif., where he is now a tennis professional and head coach of the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams. from Corona del Mar High School.

William Haberek

A teacher at his alma mater for 31 years before retiring in 2004, Haberek coached cross country and indoor and outdoor track first at Chariho Middle School and then in high school for nearly five decades. He has earned multiple Coach of the Year honors, while coaching numerous athletes from all states, classes and divisions, as well as the 2012 Indoor 4×1 Mile National Championships. Also a member of the Chariho and Rhode Island Track Coaches Association halls of fame, Haberek guided the Chargers to the 2011 state outdoor championship and the 2012 state indoor title.

Kathy Kelley

When Central Falls High School added interscholastic athletics for girls in 1975 during Kelley’s junior year, she jumped at the chance to play. An All-State, All-League and All-Blackstone Valley selection in cross country and basketball, she received a basketball scholarship to the University of Bridgeport. After playing a season there, Kelley transferred to RI College, where she enjoyed a Hall of Fame career, finished with 764 points in three seasons, and earned a Division III All-American nomination. She returned to her alma mater and spent more than three decades serving the youth of Central Falls as a math teacher, athletic director and coach for cross country, volleyball, track and field, softball and Warriors women’s basketball.

Thomas Mezzanotte

After a 30-year career with the Providence school system, where he served as a teacher, vice-principal (Mt. Pleasant HS), principal (Bridgham MS and Classical HS), and executive director of student support services, Mezzanotte became principal executive of the RIIL. in 2004. During his 16 years in this role, he expanded the league’s education-based athletics program, worked with Special Olympics RI to implement a unified high school athletics program for students with developmental disabilities, implemented a mandatory certification requirement for coaches, and helped develop RI’s concussion law. A standout football and baseball player at La Salle Academy and then Providence College, Mezzanotte also coached football at Johnston High School and women’s volleyball at Central High School during her early years in college. education.

Bethany O’Dell Peloquin

O’Dell-Peloquin played basketball and field hockey at Lincoln High School in the early 2000s, earning first-team All-State honors twice in both sports. She led the Lions field hockey team to two Division I championship appearances. A two-time tournament MVP and 2006 Gatorade Rhode Island Basketball Player of the Year, she finished as the all-time leading scorer. Lincoln’s times (2,431 points) and led the Lions to back-to-back Division II championships (2005 and 2006). O’Dell-Peloquin then received a full Division I basketball scholarship to Holy Cross, finishing with 1,449 career points and earning multiple All-Patriot League honors.