Posted: Jan 21, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--It's here...the top-10 of 2014 in Western New England University Athletics. Through the month of January, we'll unveil the top 10 stories/moments played out by Western New England NCAA teams, coaches and student-athletes for the last calendar year. The countdown continues at No. 4 with senior Dennis Rinaldi becoming the first men's basketball student-athlete to make first-team all-conference in the Commonwealth Coast Conference era for the Golden Bears, who joined their current primary-sports affiliation for the start of the 2007-08 season. 2014 All-CCC Men's Basketball Team Release
The center out of Harrison (N.Y.) High School became the seventh overall all-CCC pick while making program history after the 2013-14 campaign. Rinaldi was Western New England's leading scorer at 14.7 points per game, which came in seventh in the CCC. He topped the conference in offensive rebounds (104) and average (9.9) while placing third in total rebounds (247). He posted a career-year in the scoring and rebounding columns to surpass his 11.1 and 7.2 averages, respectively, during his 2013 junior year. He also was among league leaders with nine double-doubles among 14 for his career.
Rinaldi ended his career with 633 rebounds to rank sixth on the WNE all-time list, his 6.9 rebounding average is 10th in program annals and he scored 906 points. The next player on the all-time rebounding chart is Peter Karle with 653 boards from 1978 to 1981.
Rinaldi received a degree in economics.
Top 10 Western New England Athletics Stories/Moments for 2014
#10: Football Wins Inaugural Pynchon SAW Game in Big Comeback at Springfield College
#9: Men's Golf Dominates All-Commonwealth Coast Conference Awards
#8: School-Record 131 Academic All-Conference Selections
#7: Kevin Cook Rushes Way into Football Program's Record Book
#6: Grace Kucharski is the First WNE Women's Volleyball Player Named both All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-American¬ģ
#5: Women's Lacrosse has a Historic Season
#4: Dennis Rinaldi Makes History with All-Commonwealth Coast First Team Selection