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Student-athletes, alumnus honored during State House ceremony
April 30, 2013
Ten CCRI student-athletes and one alumnus were recognized for their achievements during the Scholar-Athlete Awards Reception hosted by Speaker Gordon Fox and the Rhode Island House of Representatives. The reception was held in the House Chamber at the Rhode Island State House on April 29.
The event gives special recognition to students from CCRI, RIC and URI who have demonstrated athletic and academic prowess as well as model citizenship through community service. Rhode Island Commissioner for Higher Education and CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale and House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello presented each student with the scholar-athlete award. Receiving honors from CCRI were:
East Greenwich, RI
North Kingstown, RI
North Kingstown, RI
Following the scholar-athlete awards presentation, Di Pasquale presented Brian Deighan, head coach of the CCRI golf team, with the distinguished athletic alumni award for his accomplishments as a player and a coach.
Deighan has been involved in athletics at CCRI for 32 years as both a student-athlete and coach of the college’s tennis and golf teams. He also has been active in the community as a football coach.
As a CCRI student-athlete, Deighan played tennis for Coach Ray Carr in 1981 and won the New England Junior College doubles crown. He was selected to the All-Region First Team in doubles and helped the Knights earn a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament.
After a 20-year detour, where Deighan focused on his career and raising a family, he returned to CCRI to play tennis for Coach Joe Pavone in 2001, competing against players half his age. A strong competitor with a positive attitude, he was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and selected All-Region First Team in singles and All-Region Second Team in doubles.
That season Deighan earned two additional accolades for his achievements on and off the court: the Ray Carr New England Junior College Tennis Award, which is given to a player that demonstrates sportsmanship, and the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education Distinguished Student-Athlete Award. He was named a distinguished student-athlete for earning a perfect 4.0 GPA that semester as a General Studies major and was inducted into the international Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
After concluding his CCRI playing career in 2001, Deighan teamed up with Joe Pavone as the Knights’ assistant tennis coach. He took the reins as head coach for the 2004-05 season. During this time, the tennis teams produced nine wins and two losses under his direction.
A talented golfer, Deighan also has contributed his leadership to CCRI’s golf team. He served as the team’s assistant golf coach from 2010 to 2012 and took over as head coach this season. To date, the golf team has a perfect 7-0 record under his direction.
In addition to his coaching duties at the college, Deighan has served as a volunteer football coach at the youth, high school and college levels.
For 35 years, he has coached in the Rhode Island Youth Football League and served as a volunteer coach for a number of local teams, including Narragansett High School, the Rhode Island High School Football All Star Team and URI’s football team. With all of his experience coaching the game of football, Deighan was elected to the Executive Board of the Providence Gridiron Club as Youth Consultant.
Deighan is known to many members of the CCRI community not just for his accomplishments as a player and a coach, but as a true friend and inspiration.
“Not one to complain, Deighan approaches each day with a caring smile and a positive outlook on life,” Pavone said.
This approach did not change when Deighan was diagnosed with cancer five years ago, and he continues to be a reliable, supportive force for his family and student-athletes throughout Rhode Island.