Contact InformationDennis Grassini
Associate Head Coach
Coaching Staff of CCRI Women's Soccer Team
Dennis Grassini '73 begins his 14th year at the helm of the CCRI women's soccer program. Prior to becoming head coach, he served as the top assistant of the program since its inception in 1994.
Grassini, along with Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan '96, has guided the women's soccer program to an impressive 161-30-5 record in his years as head coach. He led the program to back-to-back national tournament finalist appearances in 2002 and 2003. In 2002, Grassini led the undefeated (22-0-0) Lady Knights to their first NJCAA National Championship, the first-ever in the 44-year history of athletics at CCRI. In honor of the standout season, Grassini was named NJCAA Coach of the National Tournament and National Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He also was named NSCAA 2002 Northeast Region Coach of the Year and Rhode Island Words Unlimited Women's Sport Coach of the Year.
In 2003, the team finished as runners-up in the NJCAA national final game. For his efforts, Grassini was named New England Region 21 Coach of the Year and was named the Rhode Island Words Unlimited Women's Sports Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year. He also was nominated for National Coach of the Year by the NSCAA.
Grassini was instrumental in guiding the program to three consecutive New England Regional Championships and three straight national NJCAA tournament appearances in 1996, 1997 and 1998. He has been involved in coaching for more than 20 years and holds a national license from the United States Soccer Federation and NSCAA state and regional goalkeeping diplomas. He has served on various boards and committees throughout the Rhode Island youth soccer ranks, and coaches and volunteers for the Rhode Island Women's Soccer League. He also has been a member of the Region XXI coaches committee, and currently serves on the NSCAA All-Northeast Region and All-American committees.
A CCRI alumnus, Grassini graduated in 1973 with an associate degree in business administration. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Providence College in 1975. Grassini is now the bursar at CCRI, a position he has held since 1988. He was the recipient of the 2006 Rhode Island Legislative Award-CCRI Distinguished Alumni Award.
Alumna Kathy Bannan '96 begins her 14th season as a member of the women's soccer coaching staff. Head Coach Dennis Grassini '73 refers to Bannan as his "right arm" for her leadership of the team's successful seasons in 2002 and 2003, and for the team's successful 11-2-1 record in the 2008 season during his absence due to illness. "For her efforts, she was named the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Northeast Region Coach of the Year and she was also the 2008 co-recipient of the Words Unlimited Women's Sport Coach of the Year Award."
During her playing career at CCRI and URI, Bannan played the goalkeeper position and the tireless work ethic of her collegiate playing days has carried over into her coaching style. She has been instrumental in elevating the play of the CCRI goalkeepers, having coached five consecutive All-Americans from 2001 to 2005. Alongside Grassini, she helps with all aspects of recruiting, scheduling, and training.
A member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Bannan holds both the NSCAA State and Regional Goalkeeping Diplomas.
As a goalkeeper at CCRI, Bannan earned All-Region XXI honors for two years and was selected to the NSCAA's All-Northeast Regional Team. In 1996, she posted a 0.74 goals against average, ranking No. 6 in the country among NJCAA net-minders as she helped lead the Lady Knights to their first national tournament appearance where the team finished fifth in the country. She holds the school records for most shutouts in one season (14) in 1996 and most saves in a career (236). She was inducted into the CCRI Athletic Department Hall of Fame in 2005.
Bannan transferred from CCRI to URI where she continued her soccer career in goal and graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is the secretary of the NJCAA Women's Soccer Coaches Association and volunteers for the Rhode Island Special Olympics.