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Elizabeth Afonso
Head Coach

Jess Borden
Assistant Coach

Nancy Santopadre
Assistant Coach

Women's Softball Coaching Staff


Liz Afonso

Afonso enters her seventh season as head coach of the women’s softball team. Over the past six seasons she has compiled a 111-62 win-loss record and received the Region XXI Coach of the Year Award in 2010, 2011 and 2015. She holds the CCRI Softball program record for the most wins as a head coach.

Before taking the reins as head coach, Afonso served as the program’s assistant coach for nine years. She helped lead the Lady Knights to regional championship titles in four of her last seven seasons as an assistant. The Lady Knights have continued on that winning path as Region XXI Champions in 2010, 2011 and 2012, 2014 and 2015 as well as the district runner-up in 2010.

Afonso has more than 28 years of coaching experience at the middle school, high school, college and amateur levels. She previously coached the Lincoln Middle School team to three state championships and four division titles in her five years at the helm. She also coached her ASA travel team to a top 10 finish in the Amateur Softball Association of America National Championship.

Afonso is a guidance counselor and mathematics teacher at Narragansett High School and holds a master’s degree in counseling from Providence College and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a concentration in secondary education from Rhode Island College. She lives in Smithfield with her husband and her two children.

Cait Montella '09

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Assistant Coach

Montella, who played softball for CCRI during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, is serving as an assistant coach for her fifth season. She works with the Lady Knights during practices and assists with team fundraising efforts. 

During her career as a Lady Knight, Montella batted .394 with 39 hits in 99 at bats, tallying eight doubles, 27 RBIs and 27 runs scored. She received All-Region XXI honors as a sophomore. She graduated from CCRI in 2009 with an associate degree and lives in Warwick.

Jess Borden '11

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Assistant Coach

Borden a former Lady Knight returns for her third season as an assistant coach. This year, she will serve as the pitching coach. While at CCRI, Borden left her mark on the CCRI records books both as a pitcher and hitter. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College where she went on to play for two years after graduating from CCRI.  

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Last Updated: 9/30/16