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Assistant soccer coach goes missing

By
Sports Editor
Friday, February 18, 2011

Denis Chartier, an assistant coach of the women’s soccer team, has been missing since Feb. 6, according to Marisa Quinn, vice president for public affairs and University relations.

Chartier’s family members have filed a missing persons report with the Burrillville Police, Quinn wrote in an e-mail to The Herald.

The team held a candlelight vigil for Chartier Tuesday at 11 p.m. on the Meister-Kavan Field behind the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center. Pincince and several members of the team spoke at the event.

Pincince, who was a captain with Chartier on the men’s soccer team at Woonsocket High School, said he last spoke to Chartier Feb. 5. “All our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Denis,” Pincince said. “We’re just focusing on finding him.”

Chartier concluded his 16th year as a coach on the Bears’ staff at the end of the 2010 season. He coached the team for 13 years from 1989-2001 and returned to the program in 2008, according to the athletics department.

The University “has made support services available to members of the community affected by the news,” Quinn wrote.