Geiselman, Baldelli, Carney named to RIIL Hall of Fame

Geiselman, Baldelli, Carney named to RIIL Hall of Fame

PROVIDENCE - Cumberland High School athletic director and long-time coach Frank Geiselman, former Major League Baseball player Rocco Baldelli of Cumberland, and former National Hockey League player Keith Carney of Pawtucket are among 11 distinguished athletes, coaches and administrators who have been selected for induction into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.

Induction ceremonies will take place on Wednesday, May 14, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick.

A football and basketball star while at Tolman High, Geiselman had a successful 26-year coaching career at Cumberland High, where he piloted football, girls volleyball and girls basketball.

His 1980-81 girls hoop team won the state title. He's been the athletic director at Cumberland since 2005 and serves the school district as its transportation coordinator.

Geiselman several years ago was inducted into the Cumberland High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and two of his children, Brett, an outstanding basketball player, and Kyle, who played football at Cumberland High School, joined him in the CHS hall last year.

Along with former coach and principal Richard "Dick" Lynch and his son Terry, who was a standout football and baseball player, they are the only CHS father-child inductees.

One of the greatest student-athletes to come out of Hendricken High (Class of 2000), Baldelli was a first-team Providence Journal All-State selection in volleyball, baseball and indoor track. He was drafted sixth overall in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft in 2000 by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

He also played for the Boston Red Sox, but retired in 2010 because of health issues. He is working for the Rays as a coach and mentor.

A two-time Providence Journal All-Stater, Carney was one of the top hockey stars to come out of the iconic Mount St. Charles program. A tough defenseman, Carney led the Mounties to state titles in the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons.

Carney was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1988 National Hockey League draft. He played on six NHL teams. While at the University of Maine, Carney made the All-Hockey East first team in 1990-91. He retired in 2008 after 17 years of pro hockey.

Also being inducted are:

* Larence "Larry" Caswell, a Providence Journal All-State quarterback while at Tolman High in Pawtucket (Class of '65), also started for the Tigers' basketball team that won the state title that year.

He coached football and basketball at Shea High, also at URI from 1979-94. Caswell is a member of the Rhode Island Football Coaches Hall of Fame. He died on July 25, 2013.

* Dave Emma. A 1987 Hendricken graduate, Emma was a three-time Providence Journal All-Stater in hockey. He finished his prep career with 110 goals and 130 assists.

While at Boston College, Emma won the prestigious Hobey Baker Award in his senior season. Emma played professional hockey for 10 seasons, and was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic hockey squad.

* Gerard Foley - A longtime principal and Interscholastic League official, Foley was a member of the league's Principal's Committee for 19 years, four as chairman. He also served as director of boys basketball for 15 years. He served as principal at North Kingstown High for 21 years, and at Johnston High for three years, retiring last June.

* Tolu Fayanjuola - One of the greatest track athletes to come out of Classical High (Class of '01), Fayanjuola was All-State and All-New England in the indoor high jump during her senior year. She also held records in the long and triple jump and won four individual titles at the '01 Outdoor State Championships.

A graduate of Bucknell University, Fayanjuola is an Interscholastic League track official. She was the Providence Journal Honor Roll Girl in 2001.

* Leah Grant - While at Hope High (Class of '99), Grant was the Blue Wave's superstar sprinter. She held the R.I. state record for 400 meters (56.20), won state meet titles in the 100, 200 and 400 meters as a junior and senior.

She was an All-American 400-meter runner, and held state indoor marks in the 300 and 600 meters. Grant also ran cross country for Hope, earning second-team All-State honors in her senior year. A 2003 Seton Hall University grad, she is a teacher in Newark, N.J.

* Shannon Perry - Perry's dominance in girls basketball was true not only in the annals of La Salle Academy athletics, but statewide as well. A 1999 graduate, Perry was a four-time Providence Journal All-State selection and was a three-time R.I. Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Perry scored more than 2,200 points in her prep career and led the Rams to the '99 state title.

Perry also played basketball while at Bryant University. She is an assistant coach of the Ram girls basketball program, and works for the Providence Recreation Department.

* Dave Stenhouse - A three-sport standout while at Westerly High in the early 1950s, Stenhouse earned Providence Journal-Bulletin All-State honors twice in basketball, and was named Schoolboy Athlete of the Year by Words Unlimited, the statewide media organization. A URI hoop and baseball star, Stenhouse played three seasons in the Major Leagues. He coached baseball at R.I. College and Brown University.

Jane Toomey - One of the great players in the early years of RIIL girls basketball, Toomey earned three Providence Journal All-State accolades while at St. Patrick's High (Class of '80). Going into her senior year, Toomey had 1,110 career points. A graduate of Stonehill College and Cornell University, she practices veterinary medicine in Connecticut.