Ex-Pawtucket coaches Doyle, Lanni earn spots in RIIL’s Hall of Fame

Ex-Pawtucket coaches Doyle, Lanni earn spots in RIIL’s Hall of Fame

PROVIDENCE – Two former Pawtucket coaches, Jim Doyle and Catherine Lanni, are among the dozen members of the Class of 2017 who will be inducted into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.

One of the state’s most successful high school coaches in any sport, Doyle has a coaching career that spans more than three decades, first at St. Raphael Academy and currently at Bishop Hendricken. During that time, Doyle has coached his teams to a total of 52 state championships – 18 in cross country, 22 in indoor track and field, and 12 in outdoor track and field.

With the Saints, Doyle won five state championships in cross country (1987, 1988, and 1991-93) and three in indoor track (1989, 1991, and 1994).

An All-State player, as well as a McDonald’s High School All-American honorable mention selection in 1983, Lanni is considered one of the best girls’ basketball players ever to play for North Providence High. After serving as an assistant coach at CCRI, Lanni went on to coach for seven years at Shea High, leading the Raiders to their program’s first championship, the Class C title, during the 1993-94 season.

Also in the Class of 2017 are Denise Armstrong-Florio, Brian Boucher, Meghann Carney, Shelley Zanfagna Cavanaugh, the late Virginia “Gini” Duarte, Katherine (Johnston) Itacy, Julie Maguire, Pat Monti, Michael Reeder, and Tony Torregrossa.

Tickets are currently on sale and are $50.00 per person. They must be purchased in advance because they will not be sold at the door.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the RIIL office at 401-272-9844.