Randall C. (“Randy”) Hien, 1949-2006, became legendary in Rhode Island for his remarkable accomplishments in two fields. As one of the most successful baseball coaches in the state, he devoted himself tirelessly to Rhode Island youth sports for thirty years. During that time, he transformed his beloved Lincoln Little League All-Stars into a nationally-competitive powerhouse, winning an unprecedented ten District Championships, seven Rhode Island Championships, and two New England Championships that culminated in two trips to the Little League World Series. He had an ability to praise, elevate, and encourage the least-talented while inspiring the most gifted.
Randy was equally noteworthy in professional music circles as the owner of “The Living Room” nightclub and Rhode Island’s “Music Man.” He drew industry-wide praise and notoriety as a tireless promoter of national and local musical talent here in Rhode Island. In addition, his club held regular fundraising events for such charities as the Heart Fund, the American Cancer Society, and the Rape Crisis Center of Rhode Island.
Randy’s exemplary character, passionate dedication, devotion to youth, and genuine goodness touched the hearts of virtually every person he met, from the most inexperienced Little Leaguer to the most accomplished professional musician. Ever a child at heart, he exemplified the very best of human nature.
Tragically, in February 2004, Randy was involved in a near-fatal auto crash that put him in a coma and then in a wheelchair. Nonetheless, he battled back to coach his Lincoln All-Stars–a team that ended its season in the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Then, in September 2006, Randy was struck and killed in a pedestrian accident on Walker Street in his hometown of Lincoln, producing a large and widespread outpouring of grief.
Randy is survived by his wife Patti, a special education teacher, and six children. His inspiring life will forever be celebrated by future generations of Rhode Islanders through his enshrinement into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.
–James Marusak, Esquire