Warwick, R.I. – July 16, 2016: William Amaral has been hired to the position of Head Coach of the CCRI Lady Knights women’s volleyball team for the 2017 season. Amaral served as an assistant coach for the CCRI women’s volleyball team for six years under Head Coach Samantha Amaral, his wife. Sam has accepted the head Volleyball Coaching position at UMass-Dartmouth and her last day at CCRI will be March 1st. Sam and Will led the Lady Knights to the 2016 National Championship Tournament in Charlestown, WV after winning the District L Title in dramatic fashion of Lackawanna College. It was the first time the Lady Knights had earned a berth to the National since 2008 under Head Coach Ray DeAngelis. Over the Amarals’ six years at CCRI they led the Lady Knights to a 107-60 record. Will is looking to build upon that success the Lady Knights enjoyed in 2016 and returns a solid core of six players on which to build another National Championship Tournament run. In addition to his collegiate resume Will has six years of experience coaching high school and adult players. For the past four seasons he teamed up with Head Coach Samantha Reyes at Ursuline Academy High School in Dedham, MA, where they led teams to four straight Division III South Sectional Championships.
Acting Director of Athletics Kevin Salisbury commented on the new hire: “We are very excited to have Will take over our program. Will has been an instrumental part of the current success of our program and we wanted that continuity. Will’s efforts on and off the court with our student-athletes is a key quality we look for in our coaches. Will understands that success in the classroom will breed success on the court.”
As a player, Amaral is nationally ranked No. 3 in men’s AA semi-pro beach volleyball and is a two-time men’s AA King of the Beach recipient in 2007 and 2009. He also plays in the Boston Volleyball Association where he was a former coach. Amaral is affiliated with many local regional and national volleyball associations and has coached many high school student-athletes who have gone on to compete at NCAA Division I, II and III schools. Amaral works is a Vice President and Fitness Coach at Be Fit Performance in Lakeville, MA where he runs day to day gym operations where he also designs and facilitates customized client fitness programs. Amaral resides in Providence with his wife Samantha.
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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.