Assistant Sports Editor
Earlier this month marked the debut of “Anchored in Athletics” at Rhode Island College: a weekly, half hour radio show that airs on 790 The Score (AM) every Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Host George Bissell will be joined by the college’s Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Director Donald E. Tencher and RIC President Dr. Jack Warner to keep you up to date on all the latest RIC Athletics news.
Tencher has been the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation for 27 years, ever since former RIC President John Nazarian led an extensive search for a new athletic director. Three years prior to Tencher’s hiring, the RIC athletic program was literally in ashes as a general fire alarm destroyed Walsh Gymnasium, the home of the intercollegiate athletics program here. Tencher was the third director in three years, and he made his goal of turning around this program unequivocally known. He succeeded in this and now oversees an intercollegiate athletics program that has come a long way since his hiring. RIC has consistently finished in the top 30 percent of the Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings among 447 Division III institutions nationally. Tencher did it all when it came to turning around this program, and hearing his direct input and words will be a key part to this weekly show.
Warner was appointed as RIC President this past summer. Before joining the college, he was an Associate Professor of Higher Education at Johnson and Wales University and Senior Advisor at Education Strategy Group. Warner will offer key insights into RIC athletics and his life as the college’s new president.
The emergence of this show will allow for students to know more about what’s going on in RIC athletics. There are cases where students want to keep up with our teams here, but are unable to due to having no free time. Students have assignments to complete, and many have jobs, which makes it difficult for them to attend these games in person. “Anchored in Athletics” gives everyone in the RIC community an opportunity to know what is happening during the season. Instead of going to watch a game or a match, students can listen to this weekly 30-minute show and get all the information they need in a fraction of the time it takes to watch live games. The show will feature various guests each week.