CCRI Knights Baseball

Coaching Staff

Head Coach Kevin RixKevin Rix- Head Coach

Kevin Rix returns in 2019 for his second season as head coach of the CCRI baseball team.
Rix made his head-coaching debut last year following seven seasons as an assistant and associate head coach. He earned his collegiate coaching stripes under the guidance of CCRI baseball's all-time wins leader, Ken Hopkins. Rix helped Hopkins win 175 of his record 411 collegiate victories during Hopkins' final seven seasons.

As an associate coach, he worked primarily with the Knights' pitchers and assisted in other areas. Now as head coach, Rix has broadened his scope of duties to include offensive and defensive areas while still maintaining focus on his specialty, which is assisting the pitching staff.

Rix previously served as head coach of the Warwick-based team in Rhode Island's Connie Mack Baseball League and as assistant coach of the Warwick-based team in the Rhode Island Amateur League. In 2000, he was the assistant coach of the Pilgrim High School freshmen baseball team. He also served as an assistant coach for Warwick Veterans High School prior to his tenure at CCRI.

Rix lives in Warwick, R.I. He has a son, Kevin, and a daughter, Amanda.

Ray TessagliaRay Tessaglia- Assistant Coach

Ray Tessaglia returns to CCRI with nearly two decades of experience at the amateur and Division I levels under his belt.

Nineteen years ago, he reunited with former head coach Ken Hopkins, with whom he assisted at Rhode Island College for many years with the women's basketball and baseball programs. Tessaglia is also the former head coach of the baseball team and former associate head coach of the women's basketball team at RIC. His overall knowledge of the game and teaching skills, coupled with his familiarity working with Rix, benefit the CCRI baseball program.

Tessaglia lives in Providence, R.I., with his wife, Janice, and daughter, Sydney.

Joe HopkinsJoe Hopkins - Assistant Coach '81

Joe Hopkins played for the Knights from 1979 through 1981 and is now back for his third season as an assistant coach. As a catcher during his playing days at CCRI, Hopkins earned First and Second Team All-Region Honors.

Hopkins also has a wealth of coaching experience in both basketball and baseball. From 2012 to 2016, Hopkins coached in the George Donnelly Sunset League in Newport and also served as the basketball coach for both Western Hills Middle School and the Cranston High School West freshman boys' team. Hopkins was a patrolman for the Cranston Police Department from 1997 to 2009 before his promotion to detective, a position he still holds today. Before joining the Cranston Police Department, he owned JMH Painting Company from 1987 to 1997.

Hopkins is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He also holds associate degrees in criminal justice and liberal arts from CCRI and is a member of the Johnston High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

Hopkins is a resident of Cranston, R.I.

Robert Carillo - Assistant Coach

Robert Carillo joins the coaching staff for his first season with CCRI after serving as Game Day Coordinator for the Londonderry, N.H., Showcase League.

His previous responsibilities included social media updates and roster changes, management of game day operations, entering statistics into the league database and managing the scoreboard and in-game music.
Prior to working for the Showcase League, Carillo was the Media Manager for UMass-Dartmouth baseball, where he managed the team's Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook accounts. He was also responsible for all postings and fan engagement. Additionally, Carillo also served as pitching coach for the Bay State Buccaneers in Weymouth, Mass.

Carillo attended Southern New Hampshire University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing within three years as part of the school's honors program. Carillo is currently attending University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth's Charlton School of Business. Carillo lives in Melrose, Mass.

Contact Information

Kevin Rix 
Head Coach

Ray Tessaglia 
Assistant Coach

Joe Hopkins
Assistant Coach

Kevin Salisbury
Interim Director of Athletics

Steve Rooney
Team Administrator

Steve Rooney
Head Athletic Trainer

Main Office:
Flanagan Campus
Field House
Fax: 401-825-1062

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Last Updated: 7/5/19