CCRI Knights Baseball Coaching Staff
Ken Hopkins -HeadCoach ’75,
Hopkins is the winningest coach in Community College of Rhode Island baseball history. He has served as head coach of the CCRI baseball team since 2001, compiling a record of 354-164-2.
Hopkins has had a number of successes as head coach. Most recently he led the 2012 Knights to the NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, Oklahoma. The team finished the season with a 33-13 record. Because of that success he was named NJCAA and ABCA District Coach of the Year.
In March 2015, Hopkins received an Amby Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from Words Unlimited. In addition, he was inducted to the Rhode Island Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as the 2013 recipient of the Ben Mondor Award for his contributions to the Rhode Island baseball community.
In 2005, Hopkins led the squad to a 27-7 record and No. 10 NJCAA national ranking. The team was NJCAA New England Division II Champions in 2001 and 2002 and Hopkins was voted Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002.
In addition to his experience at CCRI, Hopkins served as head coach of women’s basketball and men’s baseball at Rhode Island College and as a coach in the Florida Collegiate Summer League (FCSL). In 2008, he was the head coach of the FCSL’s Sanford River Rats and in 2009 he served as head coach of the Winter Park Diamond Dogs.
In college, Hopkins played for the Knights baseball squad under coach Harold “Whitey” Fell from 1974-76, serving as the team’s starting pitcher and earning an 8-2 record. In 1975, he set a single-season record with a .29 ERA. He transferred to Rhode Island College, garnering a 7-2 record with three saves and a 3.22 ERA in 78-1/3 innings pitched as an Anchorman.
Hopkins graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College and holds a master’s degree in education from the University of New England. Since 2001, he has been a social studies teacher at Cranston High School East and previously served as athletic director for Cranston Public Schools from 1990 through 2001.
Hopkins continues his journey as the Knights’ leader with a positive outlook on the 2015 season, saying this year’s team is “one of the finest squads in recent memory.”
Hopkins resides in Cranston with his wife, Mary. He has three children, Ken Jr., Lauren and Katelyn, and three grandchildren, Lily, Johnny and Kenneth John III.
Ray Tessaglia -Assistant Coach
Tessaglia has numerous years of coaching experience at the amateur and Division I levels. Fourteen years ago, he reunited with head coach Ken Hopkins, with whom he teamed up to lead women’s basketball and men’s baseball programs for many years at Rhode Island College.
Tessaglia is the former head coach of the men’s baseball team and former associate head coach of the women’s basketball team at Rhode Island College. His overall knowledge of the game and teaching skills, coupled with his working familiarity with Hopkins, benefit the CCRI baseball program.
Tessaglia lives in Providence, RI with his wife, Janice, and daughter, Sydney.
- Assistant Coach-10th Season
- Former Head Coach, Men's Baseball Rhode Island College
- Former Assistant Coach Providence College
Kevin Rix- Assistant Coach
Rix begins his fifth season with the CCRI baseball coaching staff. He works with the Knights’ pitchers and assists in other areas.
Rix previously served as the head coach of the Warwick Connie Mack Baseball League and as assistant coach of the Warwick team in the Rhode Island Amateur League. In 2000, he was the assistant coach of the Pilgrim High School freshmen baseball team. He also has served as an assistant coach for Warwick Veterans High School.
Rix lives in Warwick, RI. He has a son, Kevin, and a daughter, Amanda.
Mark Andrews- Assistant Coach
Mark Andrews returns the CCRI baseball program as an assistant coach for his fourth season. Andrews, who owns the Rhode Island Diamond Baseball Academy in East Greenwich, has more than 16 years of coaching experience at the local, travel, tournament, American Legion, high school and college levels. He was a three-sport, All-State athlete in football, hockey and baseball at Warwick Veterans Memorial High School.
For the past 13 seasons Andrews served as assistant coach for the Moses Brown varsity baseball team. For the past two years, he has coached the Rhode Island Rays AAU Baseball Club, an under-13 travel team. He previously served as an assistant coach for New England Frozen Lemonade, Warwick's legion team and Warwick’s youth baseball programs.
Outside of baseball, Andrews works for the Providence School Department with special needs students. He also works under the administration at Hope High School and the Gang Unit of the Providence Police Department.
Andrews is a resident of Warwick, RI.
Cody Ortega -Assistant Coach (’11)
Ortega is a former CCRI player who returns to the Knights’ program to join the coaching staff for his second year as an assistant. Ortega will help with statistics and assist with team practices. Ortega lives in Cranston, RI with his wife Lauren and son Johnny.