Ceremonies to honor URI men’s hockey coach set for Saturday, Jan. 26

Joe Augustine to coach his 1,002nd game at 4 p.m.

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862 |

WHO: Joe Augustine, URI men’s hockey coach, Hall of Fame defenseman at Boston College and former pro hockey player; Bradford R. Boss, for whom the Boss Arena is named and who was one of the founders of the URI men’s ice hockey club in 1951; members of the old Springfield Indians American Hockey League team, for which Augustine played; former Rhody men’s basketball coach Tom Penders, who led the Rams to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1988; Brandon Kape, captain of the URI men’s hockey team that won the 2006 Division I national club hockey championship; family members and friends and dozens of former assistant coaches and players.

WHAT: Ceremonies to honor Augustine, who coached his 1,000th game on Sunday, Jan. 19. Organizers delayed the celebration until students and faculty returned from winter break to honor him for the accomplishment. Augustine brings an all-time record of 633-304-63 into the weekend’s big rivalry games against Delaware, which shares fourth place with URI in their conference, the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League. He has coached 438 players during his three-decade career, won an American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I club national hockey title and coached Team USA in the World University Games.  The Rams play in excess of 40 games a season against big schools such as Syracuse, Alabama, Rutgers and Illinois.

Only Rhody legend Frank Keaney has more wins with 693 as head coach of basketball, football and baseball.

WHEN: Ceremonies to be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, before the game against Delaware, at 4 p.m. at the Boss Arena, 1 Keaney Road, Kingston Campus. The Saturday afternoon tilt will be Augustine’s 1,002nd. The Rams start the weekend with a game Friday against Delaware at 7 p.m., also at home.

WHERE: University of Rhode Island’s Boss Arena, 1 Keaney Road, Kingston Campus.

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS: Contact Dave Lavallee, URI Marketing and Communications, 401-874-5862, cell, 401-465-4291, or dlavallee@uri.edu.