Grad Year: 1973
Year Inducted: 2006
Anthony Rainone was an outstanding catcher and outfielder on the Rhode Island College baseball team from 1970-73, serving as a team captain during his senior year.
After graduation, The Cranston, Rhode Island native went on to an accomplished football coaching career at Central Falls High School. He began as an assistant coach from 1974-78 and then took over as the head coach from 1979-97. During that time span, Rainone’s squads won two division titles and made two Super Bowl appearances. He is a member of the Rhode Island High School Football Coaches and the Providence Gridiron Club Hall of Fames. Rainone was named the Rhode Island High School Division IV Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1997.
He received the Cronin Award, signifying him as the Rhode Island High School Football Coach of the Year in 1997. He also received the Jack Martin Sportsmanship Award in 1999 and the RIAAA Tedeschi Award in 2006. In addition to his football coaching duties, Rainone was an assistant baseball coach at Central Falls High School for 14 seasons.
After stepping down as the Head Football Coach, Rainone served as Central Falls High School’s Athletic Director from 1997-03.
He was named Rhode Island College’s Outstanding Athletic Alumnus by the Speaker of the House and the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2005.
Rainone resides in Cranston, Rhode Island with his wife Kathy (O’Connor) ’74. They are the proud parents of two children, Sarah and Matt.