Ken Hopkins ’75 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 305-143-2.
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, Okla. 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 addition, he will be 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 and coach Whitey Fell during the 1974 and 1975 seasons. He transferred to Rhode Island College, where he played for coach Dave Stenhouse, during the 1976 and 1977 seasons.
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. For the past 10 years, he has been a social studies teacher at Cranston High School East and previously served as athletic director for Cranston Public Schools from 1990-2001.
Hopkins resides in Cranston, R.I. with wife, Mary, daughters, Lauren and Katie, and son, Ken Jr.
Ray Tessaglia has numerous years of coaching experience at the amateur and Division I levels. Thirteen 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, R.I. with his wife, Janice, and daughter, Sydney.
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Kevin Rix begins his third 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, R.I. He has a son, Kevin, and a daughter, Amanda.
Mark Andrews returns the CCRI baseball program as an assistant coach for his second season. Andrews, who owns the Rhode Island Diamond Baseball Academy in East Greenwich, has more than 15 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 12 seasons Andrews served as assistant coach for the Moses Brown varsity baseball team. Last year, he 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, R.I.
Cody Ortega (’11) is a former CCRI player who returns to the Knights’ program to join the coaching staff for his first year as an assistant. Ortega will help with statistics and assist with team practices. Ortega lives in Cranston with his wife Lauren who are expecting their first child in July.
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