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June-July 2006


Theater Performance for the Athletic Culture course will be offered this fall as an experimental course. The class will take place Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00-1:15 in the dance room of the Warwick campus fieldhouse.

CCRI Men's Soccer Announces tryouts

The CCRI men's soccer team announces open tryouts on Tuesday August 8, 2006 at the Flanagan campus in Lincoln at 5:00 pm. The tryouts are open to all CCRI students. You must contact head coach Victor Gaspar before you are able to tryout. Coach Gaspar can be contacted at 333-7363 or e-mail him at A complete student-athlete packet and physical is required prior to the first practice.

Knights Finish 15th at golf Nationals, Maloof finishes 36th individually

The CCRI Knights golf team finished 15th out of 15 teams at the NJCAA Division III Golf Nationals. The Knights finished the four day competition with a combined team total of 1,365 just six strokes out of 14th place.

Individually the Knights were led by Robert Maloof (East Greenwich, RI) who finished 36th shooting 75, 81, 79, and 76 with a four-day total of 311, the Knights second golfer was Kyle DeCosta (Pawtucket, RI) who finished 88th and shot 85, 87, 85, and 81 with a four- day total of 338. Also contributing for the Knights were Jon Jackson (Warwick, RI) who finished 96th and shot 90, 86, 88, and 90 with a four day total of 354, Peter Fish (West Greenwich, RI) finished 101st and shot 92, 91, 86, and 97 for 366, and Skylah Elman-Jones (Pawtucket, RI) finished 103rd and shot 90, 102, 98, and 95 for 385.

The Knights had a great season going 11-1 and winning the Region XXI Championship and playing well at the Nationals.

Maloof shoots 75 good for 4for 4th place after day 1 of NJCAA Golf Nationals

Robert Maloof (East Greenwich, RI) shot a 75 on the first day of the NJCAA golf Nationals in Chautaugua, NY on Tuesday which puts hi in fourth place out of 88 players in the individual standings. The CCRI golf team as a whole did not fare quite as well as they shot a combined 340 placing them 15th overall the Knights are about 15 strokes behind the middle of the pack(7th place).

The Knights and Maloof look to put together a solid day two and move up the leader board as The National Tournament progresses.

CCRI Promotes Bannan to Associate Head Coach of the Women’s Soccer Team

Kathy Bannan (North Kingstown, RI) has been promoted to Associate Head Coach of the CCRI Women’s Soccer Team. Bannan begins her eighth season as part of the coaching staff with the CCRI Women’s Soccer Program she served six as the top Assistant Coach at CCRI. Bannan played a big role in both the 2002 National Championship and 2003 National finalist’s seasons. Head Coach Dennis Grassini calls her his right arm She is probably the greatest asset that this program has ever had. Her work ethic as a former goalkeeper at the Community College of Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island has carried over into her coaching style. She works tirelessly along side coach Grassini helping with all aspects of recruiting, scheduling, and training. She has been instrumental in elevating the play of the CCRI goalkeepers, having produced four consecutive All-Americans in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. Bannan is also a member of NSCAA and holds both the NSCAA State and Regional Goalkeeping Diplomas. She was a former standout athlete in three sports from Narragansett High School in soccer, basketball and softball. As a goalkeeper at CCRI she earned All-Region XXI honors for two years and was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) All-Northeast Regional Team. She posted a stellar goals against average of .74 ranking her sixth in the country among NJCAA net-minders as she helped lead the Lady Knights to their first National Tournament appearance, ultimately finishing fifth in the country in 1996. She still holds the school records for most shutouts in one season (14) in 1996 and most saves in a career (236) in 1995 and 1996. Bannan later transferred to the University of Rhode Island where she continued her soccer career in goal and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Bannan been involved as a player in the RI Women’s Soccer League (RIWSL) for the last 5 years and has volunteered with the RI Special Olympics for the last 7 years. In addition, in 2005 she was inducted into the prestigious CCRI Athletic Department Hall of Fame.


Dennis Grassini, Head Women’s Soccer Coach at the Community College of Rhode Island has announced that Katie Finn of Warwick, RI, and Sharon Barbosa of Fall River, Massachusetts have been named co-captains for the 2006 season. Both individuals played an integral part in helping the 2005 team to obtain a final national ranking of 9th in both the NJCAA and NSCAA national polls.

Both Katie Finn and Sharon Barbosa are very talented, hard working, and versatile players who can play both offense and defense. They are both excellent students academically and possess strong leadership qualities. The coaching staff is very confident that Katie and Sharon will lead their teammates by example both on and off the field of play!

Sharon Barbosa is currently a member of and participates in the Massachusetts Soccer Olympic Development Program and she was a 2005 Coca-Cola All-American nominee. Katie Finn is currently a member of the RI Women’s Soccer League.

Both were 2005 NJCAA Region XXI All-New England selections.

CCRI Hires Reilly as Head Coach Women’s Basketball and Promote DeFaria to Associate Head Coach

The Community College of Rhode Island has hired Marcus Reilly to be the Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Coach Reilly has immediately elevated Coach Claudia DeFaria to Associate Head Coach of the women’s basketball team.

Reilly, resides in Warwick with his wife Lindsey and son Owen, and returns to CCRI where he coached from 2001-2003 with a 32-16 record. Marcus returns after serving as top Assistant and Recruiting Coordinator for Jacksonville State University from 2003-2006. While at Jacksonville Reilly helped guide the Gamecocks to their first ever trip to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Final Four and their highest Division 1 win total of 18 victories. Reilly directed skill workouts for all red-shirts and post players. In the 2003-04 season Reilly, as the Director of Scouting, led the scouting for the Gamecocks in their first ever victory over a Conference USA opponent UAB and first ever SEC victory over Auburn.

Before serving at Jacksonville State, Reilly was Head Coach at CCRI where he coached the Knights to a 32-16 record. Reilly success includes recruiting the first CCRI class of women’s basketball players to ever reach the NJCAA final four Included in that class were CCRI All-time Scorer Amanda Ward (956 pts) who now is a starter for the University of Albany and Jeanell Hughes, the CCRI single-season Scoring Leader (662 pts) who is getting a great deal of playing time at Hofstra.

Player development and moving players to the next level has always been at the core of Coach Reilly's programs. His former players and signees have gone on to play in the Big East, America East, MAAC, Ohio Valley, MEAC, Colonial Athletic Association, Northeast-10, Sunshine State and Little East Conferences.

Before Coaching at the College level he coached Cranston High School West with DeFaria from 1999-2001 to a 24-17 record where they led them to their first and only State Tournament Championship Game as Division 1 Central Champions. Five players from that team moved on to play college basketball at Scholarship levels. He also coached the Gatorade player of the year. During that time he also served as Head Coach of the RI Breakers AAU basketball team which placed in the top 30 in the US Junior National Tournament and eight of those players accepted NCAA Scholarships.

Reilly immediately elevated the status of former Assistant Coach Claudia DeFaria to Associate Head Coach. Claudia DeFaria has been a constant throughout CCRI Basketball’s rise to national prominence. As the Assistant Coach at CCRI for the past four years, she is nowelevated to Associate Head Coach, reuniting with Coach Reilly whom she coached with at Cranston West in 1999. In addition she was Assistant Coach of the three CCRI teams that went to the NJCAA Nationals and the two that finished in third place.

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