Abraham “Cappy” Asermely
Basketball, Socer, Track & Field
Grad Year: 1951
Year Inducted: 2004
Abraham “Cappy” Asermely ’51 was a three-sport athlete during his days at the Rhode Island College of Education. He played four years of basketball and soccer, as well as two years of track and field. One of many highlights in an outstanding basketball career, he once scored 38 points vs. North Adams College.
During his senior year, Asermely helped lay the groundwork for what became the varsity baseball program. He borrowed uniforms from a local amateur team, planned an informal schedule and the baseball program was off and running.
After graduation, he worked for the city of Pawtucket as an educator, then as the Recreation Supervisor for 56 years. Nine teachers who taught under Asermely’s leadership went on to become principals.
One of his most notable endeavors while he was at Pawtucket’s recreation department was the establishment of a three-on-three basketball league in 1968, one of the first of its kind in the country. The league is still going strong today with some of the original participants still playing.
Asermely stayed involved in sports as an official and coach. He served as an umpire for more than 40 years in Little League and high school, as well as college baseball and men’s softball leagues. He umpired several Pawtucket Red Sox games and also officiated basketball. He coached the Pawtucket Vocational High School basketball team for nine years. He is a 2002 inductee to the Pawtucket Hall of Fame.
Asermely earned a bachelor’s degree in education from R.I.C.E. in 1951.
He resides in Pawtucket with his wife Ann. The couple has six children: Nancy, Andy, Jeff, Glenn, Douglas, Debra and six grandchildren.