WORCESTER, Mass. --- Former UConn men’s basketball captains Bruce Kuczenski (Bristol, Conn.) and Randy LaVigne (Hartford, Conn.) and current women’s basketball athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle will be honored on Aug. 8 when they are inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame during the organization’s annual ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.
Kuczenski, an all-state high school player while at Bristol Central High School, was a four-year player for the Huskies from 1979-80 through 1982-83, the first four seasons of the then-new Big East Conference.
A 6-10 center, Kuczenski played in 114 games for UConn, scoring 611 points and grabbing 452 rebounds during his career. He served as captain of the 1982-83 Huskies, when he averaged 9.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game overall, 12.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in Big East Conference games.
Kuczenski was drafted in the third round of the 1983 NBA Draft (59th overall) by the New Jersey Nets and played for the Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Indiana Pacers.
LaVigne was a two-sport (baseball) star at UConn and an academic All-American during his career (1975-76 through 1978-79). He played in 106 games for the basketball Huskies, scoring 752 career points, grabbing 327 rebounds, and handing out 301 assists.
As a senior captain in 1978-79, the versatile 6-3 guard averaged 10.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, as he helped the Huskies post a 21-8 record, win the ECAC Tournament and earn an NCAA Tournament berth.
Ragle is entering her 18th season as an assistant athletic trainer at UConn and she has been the primary trainer for the women’s basketball team since 1999, helping the Huskies win eight national championships.
Ragle graduated from Troy University in 1996 and was awarded a scholarship to Louisiana State University, from which she earned her M.S. degree in exercise science in 1998.
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame dinner has become one of the largest sports dinners in America, with some 1,900 people expected to attend on Aug. 8. The NEBHOF honors people in a variety of categories, ranging from high school players to senior adults. This year’s festivities also include a series of panel discussions featuring Hall of Famers Dave Cowens and David Thompson and a special ceremony in celebration of the History of Women’s Basketball in New England.
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