Warwick, R.I. – March 2, 2015: CCRI Head Baseball Coach Ken Hopkins received the 2015 Amby Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from the Words Unlimited organization on Sunday evening at the 69th annual Words Unlimited Dinner held at the West Valley Inn. Words Unlimited, the statewide organization of sports writers, sportscasters and sports publicists, held its 69th annual Sports Awards Banquet on Sunday, March 1 at The West Valley Inn, 4 Blossom St. in West Warwick.
Others who received awards that day included: The Cumberland Little League all-star team coached by Dave Belisle as Story of the Year, Providence College men's Soccer as team of the year, Bryce Cotton as Male athlete of the Year and Roger Williams National Champion Women's Rugby with the Vin Cullen Small College Achievement Award.
Hopkins, who has served as head coach of the CCRI baseball team since 2001, became college's baseball coach with the highest winning record when the Knights defeated Roxbury Community College, 11-6, in March 2011. The CCRI graduate has compiling a record of 354-164-2 to date, surpassing his former coach Harold "Whitey" Fell, who led the baseball team from 1966 to 1984, for this distinction. Full release can be viewed on CCRI athletics Newswire here.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.