By Eric Benevides - Valley Breeze Sports Editor

WOONSOCKET – After serving as the associate athletic director at Mount Saint Charles Academy since 2009, Ray Leveille is now serving as the school's first full-time athletic director, and in his view, "almost flip-flopping roles" with longtime AD Richard Lawrence, who plans to serve in a role as a senior athletic director and assist and mentor Leveille as he begins a new chapter in his career.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Leveille, a resident of Lincoln who graduated for Mount in 2000. "It's a great opportunity for me. I think the school has really put an emphasis on athletics, trying to improve its facilities, put the best coaching staff together that we can, and really compete at the highest level."

"The good situation for us is that Mr. Lawrence will be able to remain on and continue to provide some sort of degree of mentoring and experience, but we're excited to also promote Ray to that position," MSC president Alan Tenreiro said on Monday morning. "Ray has certainly put in a lot of effort into our athletic program over the years and is certainly deserving of the position."
 
"Being an alumnus of the school, I bleed for this place," added Leveille. "I have that Mount blood inside of me. Mount Pride – it never leaves you once you get into this place. You see what it's all about, with the people and the atmosphere, and I'm really excited. It's going to be fun, it will be tough, it will be challenging, but it's going to be a nice opportunity for me."

Lawrence, who has worn many hats during his 49 years of service at Mount, will still teach his two AP English classes and serve as an assistant to the head coach of the varsity boys' and girls' tennis team, Sean McClelland.

"He wants to open up some time in his schedule," remarked Leveille. "Jacob, his son, just graduated from here and is going to Assumption College to play tennis, so Richard still wants to see some of his son's matches. He's been doing this a long, long time, and he kind of saw that I'm ready for the position and kind of chomping at the bit, ready to get into it."

"For Mr. Lawrence, it's his 50th (year) next year," said Tenreiro. "He was one of the first lay faculty at Mount Saint Charles, and what still continues to be amazing about him is that, as he's getting to this stage in his career, he really wants to concentrate even more on teaching and coaching, just because he loves the kids so much."

Lawrence became the school's athletic director in 1973, and at that time, "I took this role with 12 teams," Lawrence said on Tuesday morning. "And now, this school has over 50 teams and 70 coaches. And who (serves as an athletic director) for 45 years? I don't know if it's ever been done in the state of Rhode Island. I'm thinking not."

Lawrence said that he sent an email out to his coaches on Tuesday, June 12, explaining his decision to "make space" in his life and reduce his role as the AD. He confessed that it was a difficult decision to make, but now it's one that he's embraced and found peace with.

"This position never goes away," admitted Lawrence. "I said to myself, 'I need space.' And I was just figuring out what that could be. Where can I make space for me? And will the school allow me to make that space? Thankfully, the school has allowed me to make that space, and I appreciate that a whole lot."

Lawrence, who prides himself on being "a mentor and an educator not just for the students, but also for the coaches," also emphasized to his coaches "that I'm not going away. I'll be here for them 12 months a year, 24 hours a day. As for making sure that everything is in its proper place and committed toward the vision of the school, I'll continue to work on all those things, but in the end, it's going to be Ray."

And in Lawrence's view, Leveille is the perfect person to become the school's full-time AD.
"Ray's ready for this opportunity," added Lawrence. "For the years he has been working with me, Ray has done a lot of the dirty work, believe me. But in his new role, he's taking on more responsibility, a great deal of responsibility, because in the end, he's going to be the decision maker, and let me tell you how many sleepless nights that I have had over the years – a lot now with so many changes taking place."
Leveille said that his full-time role means that he will not be teaching technology courses at the school, nor will he continue his roles as the school's varsity girls' basketball coach, as well as the middle school volleyball and boys' lacrosse coach.

And while he will have to find his replacements for those teams down the road, among his first orders of business this summer will be to fill in a handful of vacancies on his fall coaching staff, starting with the entire girls' soccer staff – varsity head coach, junior varsity, and middle school – and continuing with the junior varsity boys' soccer and middle school cross country jobs.

06/05/18 Summer Boys Basketball
Open to all incoming 9th Graders along with 10th, 11th and 12th Graders attending Mount Saint Charles this fall who are interested in playing this winter. For more information please email Coach Henry Coleman - colemanh@mtstcharles.org

First Two Summer Workouts
June 15th - @ Mount Saint Charles 6:00-8:00pm
June 16th - @ Mount Saint Charles 9:00-11:00am


05/21/18  
SpringSports Awards Night
June 4th - 6:00 PM Mount Saint Charles Gymnasium

05/11/18  Mount St. Charles Athletic Hall of Fame - Class of 2018
March 27th - 6:00 PM Mount Saint Charles Gymnasium

03/01/18  
Winter Sports Awards Night
March 27th - 6:00 PM Mount Saint Charles Gymnasium

02/25/18 Class of 2018 Mount St. Charles Athletic Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony - May 11th - Learn More & Register Today.

12/01/17 - Winter Captains

Basketball - Boys: Tristan Cox, Christain Corriveau, Isaiah Lee, and Paul Brodeur
Basketball - Girls: Kaitlyn Koller, Courtney O'Connor, Katie Lynch and Hailey Leclerc
Cheerleading: Frankie DeLuca
Hockey - Boys: Brian Simpson
Hockey - Girls: Katielynn Mastrianni, and Kiki Doucette
Indoor Track - Boys: Dre Danneker, Chris Ciullo and Jacob Lawrence
Indoor Track - Girls: Lucy Baxter, Stella Noecker, Eileen Whalen, Hannah Trottier and Paige Fitzpatrick
Swimming - Boys: Zach Dubosky and Jason DiCenzo
Swimming - Girls: Amy English and Rachel Breitenbach

11/29/17 - Fall Sports Awards Night
Cheerleading:  JV Award Halley Le May  MVP Frankie DeLuca
Cross Country - Boys: JV Award Ryan Chauvette  MVP CeeJay Laquerre
Cross Country - Girls: JV Award Sophie Alienello   MVP Stella Noecker
Football: JV Award Derek Dingle MVP Jason Pisano
Soccer - Boys: JV Award Peter Li   MVP Dawson Danneker
Soccer – Girls: JV Award Lena Nguven MVP Lucy Baxter
Tennis - Girls: JV Award – Paxton Dechaille  MVP Kaitlyn Koller
Volleyball – Girls: MVP Maggie Bouckaert  JV Award
 

8/30/17 - Fall Captains
Cheerleading: Frankie Deluca
Cross Country - Boys: Andrew Goytette
Cross Country - Girls: Julia  Dispirito and Stella Noecker
Dance: Britany Carpentier, Samira Lahkhiari, and Caroline Wallace
Football: Jason Pisano
Soccer - Boys: Dre Danneker, Dawson Danneker, Patrick Kumar, and Jacob Lawrence
Soccer – Girls:  Hannah Trottier and Lucy Baxter
Tennis - Girls: Julia Kinnear, Kate Koller, and Saher Arora 
Volleyball – Girls: Paige Fitzpatrick, Claire Reily, Haley McCreight, and Jill Parker
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