Grad Year: 1956
Year Inducted: 2003
Roger Vierra was a standout on Rhode Island College’s men’s basketball team from 1952-56. He led the team in rebounding in three of his four years. Vierra captained the team and led the squad in scoring, averaging 18.0 points per game as a senior in 1955-56.
Vierra also lettered in soccer at RIC, playing four years from 1952-56. During his years at RIC, he was the Vice-President of the senior class, sports editor of the Ricoled Yearbook, Chairman of Cap and Gown Day and a member of the Charles Carroll Club, the Future Teachers of America and the Men’s Athletic Association.
He was the first interscholastic soccer coach in Rhode Island, guiding the J.F. Wilbur High School program beginning in 1958. He is credited, along with other coaches, for starting the Bi-State Soccer League in 1958.
He was a secondary English teacher at Portsmouth High School for 25 years, serving as the Chairman of the English Department from 1971-1990. Vierra was the athletic director and soccer coach, as well as the baseball and basketball coach at J.F. Wilbur High School from 1958-65. He began his teaching career in the Middletown School System.
He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Rhode Island College in 1956. He earned his M.A.T. at Brown University in 1965 and an M.A. from the University of Rhode Island in 1970. He was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society for education while at URI. A native of Tiverton, Rhode Island, he is a 1952 graduate De La Salle Academy, where he played baseball.