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As an upperclassman at Veterans Memorial High School in Warrick, Rhode Island, Arnie Scheller proved to be an overachiever and a master of multi-tasking. A member of the National Honor Society, he also was voted All-State in football and wrestling. His ability to successfully and effortlessly balance his academic and athletic workload would be an omen of what lay ahead for this man who, to this day, thirsts for knowledge, service to others, and adventure.

 At Boston University he  was a three-time letterman in football while earning his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and biomedical engineering. He then enrolled in the biomedical engineering master’s program at Brown University.“At that point, he says, “I realized that I enjoyed human interaction more than engineering design.”  So Scheller entered Rush Medical College in Chicago, where he received his M.D. degree.  After interning in general surgery and orthopedic surgery at Tufts New England Medical Center, Dr. Scheller was appointed chief resident of orthopedic and reconstructive surgery at New England Baptist in January of 1979.  Later that same year, he accepted positions on the orthopedic surgery staffs at Tufts New England Medical Center and New England Baptist. In 1981, he was appointed clinical assistant professor in orthopedic surgery at Tufts and was also named director of implant services at the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital.  At the same time, Dr. Scheller put his engineering skills to good use by designing a revolutionary total hip replacement system, as well as well as other pioneering metal hip components. In 1982, he published a groundbreaking textbook entitled “Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty,” which was the standard for the surgical procedure for many years.  Over the course of the next eight years, Dr. Scheller received five patents for his medical designs and was a member of a team that developed one of the most widely used total knee implants. During his distinguished career, he has written 45 articles for medical journals concerning his design work and produced three instructional films for the medical community.

 His patriotism and belief in service to his country led to Dr. Scheller joining the reserve medical corps of the Army in 1986. His training included passing all Airborne air assault tests, hand-to-hand combat (he earned a black belt in karate), and weapons firing, for which he qualified as an “expert.”  Assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment for Operation Desert Storm in 1990, he served as a battalion surgeon before functioning as a regimental surgeon for almost a decade. Eventually, he became the leader of a forward surgical team for the Joint Special Operations Command.  Following 9/11, Dr. Scheller provided medical support of direct-action missions for Delta forces, Navy Seals, Special Forces, and Rangers against “high value” targets in the U.S. counter-terrorism campaign. During his illustrious 20-year military career, Dr. Scheller, who retired in 2006 with the rank of colonel, served in Iraq, Iran, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and the Balkans. In recognition of his valor, he was awarded the Bronze Star for “his critical high-risk missions to disrupt Al-Qaeda and Taliban operations and for his role as a member of Task Force 11 in Afghanistan and Task Force 121 in Iraq with the Joint Special Operations Command. In addition, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for joint missions with the FBI in Baghdad, the Legion of Merit Medal for his years of medical service in counter-terrorism, and three Army Commendation Medals.

 When Dr. Scheller was not serving his country during a crisis, he was working full-time as a surgeon at New England Baptist.   In 1987, he took on a new responsibility, assuming the duties of team physician for the Boston Celtics, a position he held until 2005. Among the basketball legends he performed surgery on were Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Bill Walton. “Arnie was a true player’s doctor,” said Hall of Fame center Robert Parish. If a player complained of a health problem, Arnie backed him up one hundred percent. He never failed to look after each and every player’s welfare.”  His work with high-profile athletes did not go unnoticed. In 1993, New England Baptist Hospital named him Chief of the Sports Medicine Department.  In addition to his work with the Celtics, Dr. Scheller was 1993 team physician for the U.S. training camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado; team physician for the U.S. at the 1995 Pan Am Games in Argentina; team physician for USA Basketball in 1994; chief medical officer for the 1994 World Cup Soccer Tournament in Boston; and team physician for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials in Boston.

 In 1987, Dr. Scheller founded Pro Sports Orthopedics, Inc., in Waltham, which has three offices, 15 orthopedic surgeons, a chiropractor and two physician assistants. He later established Boston Outpatient Surgical Suites at Healthpoint in Waltham.  Boston Magazine has named him one of the city’s “Top Docs.”

  In 2010, Doctors diagnosed him with stage four throat cancer and gave him a 40 percent chance of survival. As he had done throughout his 63 years, he decided to face the challenge by adopting an optimist’s view. He underwent treatment, subjecting himself to massive doses of radiation and chemotherapy.  His fortitude (along with his sheer stubbornness) enabled him to beat the odds and make a complete recovery. “Arnie is a fighter,” said his wife Sonia, “In fact, he climbed to the top of the Blue Hills Mountain while he was still undergoing chemo. I’d tell him he was overdoing things, but he sort of tuned me out and kept on doing his regular exercise routine.”

 Dr. Scheller, who recently retired from his thriving practice, now spends his time traveling with Sonia and having fun on the family farm in New Hampshire with his daughter, Jesse, her husband, Scott, their children, Skylar, Charlie, Morgan, and Gavin: his son, Mat, his wife, Amy, and their children, Abby, Sage, and Parker.states that his greatest achievement is that he married Gloria, and fathered two daughters, Deborah and Joanne both of whom are college professors and have earned Doctorate Degrees in Education. They have given him three grandchildren: Steve, Lisa and Jenna.





1988 – William Gilbane

1989 – U.S. Senator John O. Pastore

1990 – Henry A. “Hank” Soar

1991 – Matt Cavanagh (Friendship Award)

1991 – Mosi Tatupu (Friendship Award)

1992 – Paul Choquette, Jr.

1993 – Gov. Philip W. Noel

1994 – Steve Grogan

1995 – Hon. John E. Orton III

1996 – U.S. Senator Claiborne deBorda Pell

1997 – Bradford Boss

1998 – Harry Kizirian

1999 – U.S. Senator Jack Reed

2000 – Armand LaMontague 2001 – Ben Mondor

2002 – Gov. J.J. Garrahy

2003 – Mike Tranghese

2004 – A.J. Smith

2005 – Gov. Donald Carcieri

2006 – Hon. Ronald Machtley

2007 – Joseph MarcAurele

2008 – Rev. Brian Shanley

2009 – Dr. Robert Carothers

2010 – Brig. General James Dunn

2011 – William Gilbane, Jr.

2012 - Michael Goldberger

2013 - Terrance Murray

2014 - George Pyne

2015 - Mark Van Eeghen

2016 - Lou Marciano








 A 1973 graduate of BMC Durfee High School in Fall River, MA and a 1977 graduate of Springfield College.  Also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in the year 2000 at BMC Durfee High School.  Bob began teaching elementary physical education in the Fall of 1977 for the Fall River public school system.  In 1976, while doing his student teaching at Tiverton High School, he was appointed as an assistant football coach.  In 1978 he served as the Offensive Coordinator for the Semi Pro Newport Jazz Football Club out of Newport, RI.  In 1981 he was hired full time by the Tiverton School Department as a Health and Physical Education Teacher, Director of Athletics, Director of Health and Physical Education and Head Girls Basketball Coach for the high school.  In the summer of 1982 he was appointed as the head football coach.

In 1984 Tiverton won its first division championship in school history and during that time he became a member of the RI High School Football Coaches Association Executive Board, which he is still a member of today.  He has served as RIHSFBCA Vice-President in 1997 and 1998 and again in 2013 and  2014.  He served in the role as President of the Coaches Association from 1999 to 2003.  He was inducted in the Coaches Hall of Fame in 1995 and in 1996 was named the Providence Grid Iron Coach of the year.  He has been named coach of the year for his division eight times.

Bob has been the Head Football Coach at Tiverton for the past 35 years.  His teams have won Super Bowl 's in 1990, 1996 and 2000.  They have also played in Super Bowl's in 1991, 1998, 1999 and 2008 as well as made playoff appearances in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2016. His teams have won six division championships as well.  This past season Bob and his coaching staff won their 200th game while he has been a head coach at Tiverton.

 As an Athletic Director, in 1995 he was recognized by the RI Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association with their Award for Service; in 2006 he was recognized as Athletic Director of the Year.  This year he will be recognized by the RIIAAA for 35 years of service.  In 2003 he became a member of the RIIAAA Executive Board and in 2011 became of member of Realignment Committee on Athletics. In 2013 he became a member of the RIIL's Hall of Fame Nominating Committee.  In 2017 Words Unlimited honored Bob with the Frank Lanning Award for service.

Bob has also coached 21 years of women's basketball at Tiverton High School.  His teams have made the playoffs in 14 of his 21 years winning a State Championship in Division II in 1984 and been a State Semi-finalist in Division I twice and three times in Division II.  His teams have won two division championships and he was named Coach of the Year in 1985, 1995 and 2001.  During that time his teams have won over 250 games.

As a baseball coach, Bob served as assistant coach with Steve Lake from 1977 - 1986 where Tiverton won the Division II Championship in 1980 and then the Division I State Championship in 1982.  In 1986 they were Division I State Finalists.  He returned to baseball in 2011 and became the head baseball coach this past season (2016) where they won the Division II League Championship.

Bob is married to Marilyn, his wife of 25 years, and they have 3 children together Andrea , Andrew  and Alec.





1988 – Dr. Americo S. Savastano

1989 – Jack Cronin

1990 – Frank Maznicki

1991 – Dick Reynolds

1992 – Jack Zilly

1993 – Ambrose Smith

1994 – Steve Furness

1995 – John Huntington

1996 – Bernie Buonanno, Sr.

1997 – John Toppa

1998 – Domenic DiLuglio

1999 – Frank Navarro

2000 - Mark Whipple

2001 – Bob Griffin

2002 – Maurice Zarchen

2003 – Ron Petro

2004 – Chet O’Neill

2005 – Richard Lynch

2006 – Tony Centore

2007 – Bill Stringfellow

2008 – Mickey Kwiatkowski

2009 – Phil Estes

2010 – John Gillooly

2011 – Charlie Gibbons

2012 - Dick Downey

2013 - Robert "Bob" Wylie

2014 - Gregg Drew

2015 - Anthony "Tony" Rainone

2016 - Edward "Ted" Stebbins








Bill Phillips grew up in East Hartford, CT and graduated from East Catholic High School. He received his B.A. in psychology from Assumption College in Worcester, MA, his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University (NY, NY) and a Sixth Year Professional Diploma in Counseling Psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Professionally he has been on the staff of Assumption College, Providence College, and Bryant University. He recently retired from a thirty-seven year career at Bryant where he served as Director of Counseling. His expertise is in the field of gambling addiction, and his research on college student gambling has been covered by a wide variety of the media including ABC , CBS, the Washington Post, and...embarrassingly...the National Inquirer. (He even did a live broadcast with Patrice Wood at the news desk of Channel 10). Bill has also been on the faculty of Providence College, and continues to teach at Bryant University.

Bill lettered in football in high school, then was a four-year starter at cornerback for Assumption College. He joined the RI Football Officials Association in 1981. At the judge position he officiated eight play-off games and four Super Bowls. In 2004 he took on the white hat of referee and has since officiated ten play-off games and the 2011 Division 2 Super Bowl (Chariho 26, Central 25)





1997 – Irving Scott

1998 – Peter Capirchio

1999 – George Tracy

2000 – Lou Cimini

2001 – Bob Benz

2002 – Vin Sclama

2003 – Thomas Mulvey

2004 – Clint Robertson

2005 – Ted Gilmartin

2006 – Phil Kershaw

2007 – Raymond Beattie

2008 – Charles Lehourites

2009 – Bob Flick

2010 – Edward “Bud” Conley

2011 – Philip “Bob” Caito

2012 - James Peluso

2013 - John Pagano

2014 - John A. Abbate

2015 - Edward Hanley

2016 - Joseph Schwab




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