Grad Year: 1970
Year Inducted: 2007
Robert Haigh was one of the first great wrestlers in Rhode Island College history. Among a host of achievements, the Plymouth, Massachusetts native was RIC’s first All-New England wrestler, placing fourth at 152 lbs. during his Team MVP season as a senior in 1970.
He was the ECAC State College Champion, while leading the team in pins, at 152 lbs. in 1968, ’69 and ’70. He was also a defender on RIC’s men’s soccer team during the same time span, earning team MVP honors in 1969. Haigh received the John E. Hetherman Award as a senior in 1970 and was named to the College’s All-75th Anniversary Wrestling Team in 2005.
He has continued to stay involved in athletics, working as a coach, board member and umpire with his local Little League. Haigh has also directed and coached youth soccer and basketball programs.
Haigh earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Rhode Island College in 1970 and his master’s degree in elementary education from Fitchburg State College in 1980. He is currently the principal and elementary technology director of the Butterfield School located in Orange, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the administration, he was a special needs teacher for 23 years.
Haigh resides in Orange, Massachusetts with his wife Nancy. They have three children: Robert Jr. (32), Lindsay (30) and Sarah (27).