MICHAEL A. PAPALE '83
A two-sport standout for the Greyhounds, MIKE PAPALE scored 1,137 points as one of the premier shooting guards for Coach Joe O'Brien's basketball team and owned a career batting mark of .368 with 80 RBI as one of the outstanding clutch hitters on two conference baseball champions for Coach Barry Glinski.
He is the only male student-athlete in Greyhounds history to play in an N.C.A.A. tournament in two different sports . . . baseball (1982) and basketball (1983).
Papale averaged 10 points-per-game for his career and responded with a 15.5 per-game average and shot a creditable .509 from the floor as a senior captain leading his team to a 21-11 record and a third-place finish in the N.C.A.A. regional tournament in New Britain, CT. The team competed in the E.C.A.C. tournament after his freshman season.
He finished his career as one of the premier free throw shooters in Greyhound history at .761 (191-251) and among the career leaders in games (114), assists (206) and steals (161).
As a baseball standout his teams finished with a three-year 53-23-1 record and two Northeast-10 Conference championships in 1982 and 1983. The 1982 team finished in the N.C.A.A. regional tournament in Syracuse, NY.
Papale, self-employed in the insurance and investment business since 1984, has also served as the head basketball coach at Sheehan High (Wallingford, CT).
He is married to the former Joan Kowalski and has two sons Michael and John.