Grad Year: 1962
Year Inducted: 2004
Claude Gladu ’62 was an outstanding basketball player at Rhode Island College from 1958-1962. He is one of only 25 former players to score 1,000 or more points in their career as Anchormen. Gladu scored 1,240 points, which ranks him 12th all-time. He also played one year of soccer and baseball while at the College.
Gladu was a member of the 1960-61 men’s basketball squad that qualified for the NAIA Tournament for the first time in school history and is the sixth member of that team to be elected into RIC’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
After his collegiate career, Gladu went on to a 28-year career as an educator. He was a social studies teacher at Lincoln Junior/Senior High School from 1962 until his retirement in 1990. Gladu served as the social studies Department Chair from 1967-90.
In addition to his teaching career, Gladu had an accomplished career as an interscholastic coach. He was one of the first-ever Rhode Island girls’ basketball male coaches, serving as an assistant coach at Lincoln High School from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Gladu was also the girls’ cross country and outdoor track coach at LHS.
A native of Central Falls, he earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Rhode Island College in 1962. He earned his M.Ed from RIC in 1965 and CAGS from Clark in 1968. He served as the Assistant Director of the Taft Institute at RIC from 1968-88.
He resides in Narragansett with his wife Dawn. The couple has three children: Christopher, Dennis and April; and three grandchildren.