Cirella inducted into Salve Regina Athletic Hall of Fame
University of Rhode Island baseball assistant coach Eric Cirella will be inducted into the Salve Regina Athletic Hall of Fame, announced by the university’s department of athletics. Cirella joins four others – Sister Ester Whalen (sailing advisor), Karen Luchun McElroy (women’s track & field), Paul Murawski (men’s basketball) and Nancylee Paris Settle (women’s tennis) – as a part of the Class of 2011, which will be recognized on Oct. 1 during the university’s Fall Festival Weekend.
A native of Jamestown, Cirella was a three-time Academic All- American (2003-05) who earned the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American of the Year award in 2005. He also collected Rawlings/ ABCA All-America accolades as both a shortstop and an outfielder.
The three-position player earned All-Conference as well as All-Academic honors in each of his four years with the team. He also received the 2004 Brother Michael Reynolds Award for outstanding accomplishment in academics and athletics and was selected as SRU’s Male Athlete of the Year in both 2004 and 2005.
As a senior captain in 2005, Cirella not only helped guide a young Seahawks team to the con- ference championship but also led the club to its second-ever NCAA tournament appearance.
He still owns over a dozen career and single-season records at Salve Regina - including a .447 career batting average, which ranks is 18th in NCAA Division III baseball.
As the NCAA’s leader in batting average (.504) his senior year, Cirella graduated magna cum laude.