Athletic Hall of Fame

 

The WPI Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1983 to honor the best that WPI Athletics has to offer. It was conceived and founded on the basis that many individuals have bestowed honor and recognition upon both themselves and WPI as a result of their involvement in WPI athletics. The WPI Athletic Hall of Fame is created to appropriately recognize those people who have distinguished themselves and WPI.


 

The WPI Athletic Department, Poly Club, and Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to announce its 34th Class, the Class of 2016. The six newest members were inducted on Friday, October 7, 2016 as part of Homecoming Weekend. They include:

(l-r) Maureen Coghlin (for Ted Coghlin '56), Michael Sorrentino '02, Craig Dempsey '81
Michael Shannon '97, Kevin Ranucci '96, Joseph Moskowitz '05 

 

EDWIN B. (TED) COGHLIN JR. ’56 - Contributor

  • One of WPI’s most dedicated graduates and supporter of WPI athletics
  • Varsity football letter-winner
  • A founder and longtime member of the Poly Club
  • Annually presented the John P. Coghlin Award in honor of his brother
  • 1991 recipient of the Frank C. Harrington Award as a distinguished contributor to WPI Athletics
  • Civic, business, and philanthropic leader in Central Massachusetts

CRAIG DEMPSEY ’81 - Wrestling and Football

  • Selected captain of both wrestling and football teams
  • Three-time All-New England wrestler
  • Amassed a career record of 44-15 with 12 pins
  • Qualified for Nationals at 177 lbs. and led team to second place finish at New England’s as a senior
  • All-New England linebacker for first winning football season in two decades
  • Named ECAC Player of the Week in 1980 with 27 tackles in win over Coast Guard

JOSEPH MOSKOWITZ ’05 - Wrestling

  • Two-time New England Champion at 157 pounds
  • Four-time All-New England performer and two-time NCAA national participant
  • Second all-time in dual meet wins with 58 and seventh in takedowns with 140
  • Posted a career dual-meet record of 58-14 with 15 falls
  • A rare three-time captain for Hall of Fame head coach Phil Grebinar
  • Led the team to top five performances at New England Tournament three times

KEVIN RANUCCI ’96 - Football

  • Earned a New England Football Writers Division II/III Gold Helmet
  • Team co-captain and preseason All-America as a senior
  • Three-time All-Freedom Football Conference
  • Repeat Freedom Football Academic All-Conference
  • Totaled 116 career tackles, including 73 unassisted and six for-loss
  • Hauled in 13 career interceptions

MICHAEL SHANNON ’97 - Men’s Basketball

  • 1996–97 Constitution Athletic Conference Player of the Year
  • CoSIDA Academic All-America as a senior
  • Member of the 1,000 point club with 1,065
  • Pulled down 462 rebounds, including 128 on the offensive glass
  • Lauded as one of the best all-around players in program history
  • Sophomore season featured a 19-9 record, second-best at the time, and an ECAC berth

MICHAEL SORRENTINO ’02 - Baseball

  • Three-time All-NEWMAC selection
  • Career .357 hitter with 152 hits and 87 RBI
  • Bookended career with team-best batting averages of .380 and .430
  • Helped upset Babson and Springfield in the 2001 NEWMAC tournament
  • Belted walk-off grand slam to hand Wheaton only conference defeat in 2000
  • Helped lead team to the program’s first postseason appearance as a sophomore