KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn announced five inductees for the URI Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The inductees include former student-athletes Todd Hemenway (swimming and diving, '89), Bruce Morin (golf, '67), Erin Silvering (cross country, track & field, '02) and Stanley Wright (basketball, '78). Also inducted will be longtime coach and administrator Lauren Anderson.
"Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is one of the top honors an individual can receive, and each member of this year's class has earned it," Bjorn said. "These five people represent the best that the University of Rhode Island has to offer. We look forward to the opportunity to honor this class and celebrate their many achievements. It will be a great opportunity for our fans to welcome them back to URI to honor their induction."
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 9. Later that evening, the Hall of Fame class will be honored at halftime of the men's basketball game versus Massachusetts.
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Anderson spent 31 years as a coach and administrator. The first Cross Country and Women's Track & Field coach for URI, she led the teams for 15 years from 1977-1992 and earned New England Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year in 1990 and New England Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1987. Anderson was Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator from 1992-2003 and was promoted to Senior Associate Director of Athletics from 2003-08. She served on countless committees nationally, paving the way for opportunities for females in collegiate athletics. Among her career accolades, Anderson has received the James Lynah Distinguished Achievement Award and the Katherine Ley Lifetime Achievement Award from the ECAC. She was the Div. I-AA Administrator of the Year for the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (2005), and in 1989 she was inducted into the New Agenda-Northeast Women's Hall of Fame.
Todd Hemenway ('89)
Swimming & Diving
A two-year team captain for Rhode Island, Hemenway was an NCAA Regional Zone qualifier in 1988 and 1989. He also qualified for the Eastern Seaboards in 1988 and 1989. A four-year letter winner for the Rams, Hemenway and teammate Dave Dean placed first and second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives at every dual meet they competed in during Hemenway's junior and senior seasons. Hemenway graduated as the program record holder in the 1-meter (6 dives), 1-meter (11 dives) and the 3-meter (11 dives). He had top four finishes at the New England Championship all four years of his career, including second-place finishes in both the 1-meter and 3-meter in 1989. Following his career at Rhode Island, Hemenway was a professional diver for two years with the Millbrook Diving Association at Six Flaggs in New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Bruce Morin ('67)
A two-time Yankee Conference individual champion, Morin led Rhode Island to two Yankee Conference team titles as well. As a senior in 1966-67, he won the New England individual title and tied for individual title honors at the ECAC Championship. Rhode Island was 13-0 in dual matches that year en route to the Yankee Conference title. In 1964-65, he won his first individual Yankee Conference title while leading Rhody to the team crown and a spot in the NCAA Championship in Knoxville, Tenn. Rhode Island won its first New England crown that year as Morin finished third in the individual standings. After graduating from URI, went on to a long career in civil service. He was a Rhode Island State Senator in West Warwick (1974-76, 1980-83), and Counsel to the Senate Majority Leader (1990-92). He is a retired associate judge of the Rhode Island Workers' Compensation Court, where he served from 1991-2011.
Erin Silvering Grey ('02)
Cross Country/Track & Field
The Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year in 2001, Silvering Grey was three-time All-Conference selection in Cross Country for Rhode Island. In 2001, she received an at-large bid to compete in the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships qualifier, becoming just the second woman in program history to do so. Silvering Grey helped lead Rhode Island to four A-10 team titles during her career, as she was part of the 2000, 2001 and 2002 indoor championship teams, as well as the 2002 outdoor title team. She was a two-time Academic All-Conference selection in Cross Country, a three-time selection in Indoor Track & Field and a one-time selection in Outdoor Track & Field. As a freshman, she was the 1999 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, and she remains in the program's Top 10 in the indoor 3000 meters, the indoor 5000 meters, the outdoor 3000 meters and the outdoor 5000 meters.
Stanley Wright ('78)
A two-year captain, Wright led the reemergence of Rhode Island basketball in the late 1970s, helping the Rams go from five wins in 1974-75 to 24 wins and an NCAA Championship appearance in 1977-78. Making their first NCAA appearance since 1966, Wright and Rhode Island dropped a 63-62 heartbreaker to Duke in the opening round. Rhody ended the season ranked No. 19 in the country. At the time of his graduation, Wright was ranked ninth in program history in scoring with 1,346 points, which still is 24th all time. He is one of five Rhode Island players to finish his career with at least 1,300 points and 300 assists, joining Carlton Owens, Tyson Wheeler, Tom Garrick and Jiggy Williamson. A complete player, Wright also ended his career with more than 600 rebounds. During his career, he earned All-New England honors twice, All-District honors once and was a First Team All-Yankee Conference.