CCRI Knights Baseball Coaching Staff
Joe Hopkins- Head Coach '81
Joe Hopkins was named the head coach in May of 2021.
Joe Hopkins played for the Knights from 1979 through 1981 and is now back for his fourth 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, RI
Ray Tessaglia- Assistant Coach
Ray Tessaglia returns to CCRI with nearly two decades of experience at the amateur and Division I level under his belt.
Twenty 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, RI, with his wife, Janice, and daughter, Sydney.
TBA - Assistant Coach
Ken Hopkins - Assistant Coach ’75
Assistant Coach Hopkins is the winningest coach in CCRI baseball history, where he compiled a 411-202-2 record - the best win percentage in program history. He returns to the program for his first year as an assistant under Rix, his former assistant.
Hopkins has had a number of successes as head coach. Most recently, he led the 2012 Knights to the NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, OK. The team finished the season with a 33-13 record. As a result, he was named NJCAA and ABCA District Coach of the Year.
Hopkins was inducted to the Rhode Island Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as the 2013 recipient of the Ben Mondor Award for his contributions to the Rhode Island baseball community. In 2015, he received an Amby Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from Words Unlimited. In 2017 he was enshrined in the Class of 2017 Rhode Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame for his work as an Athletic Director in Cranston. In 2005, Hopkins led the squad to a 27-7 record and a No. 10 NJCAA national ranking. The team was NJCAA New England Division II Champions in 2001 and 2002 and Hopkins was voted Coach of the Year in both seasons.
Hopkins graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College and holds a master’s degree in education from the University of New England. Hopkins was recently elected citywide councilman for his hometown of Cranston. From 2001 to 2016, he was a social studies teacher at Cranston High School East and previously served as athletic director for Cranston Public Schools from 1990 to 2001. Hopkins resides in Cranston, RI.
Jared Baptista - Assistant Coach
Baptista has been with the Knights’ baseball program for the past five seasons as team manager.
This year, he has been elevated to the position of assistant coach. Baptista will assist the staff by keeping the scorebook during games and inputting statistics into the NJCAA site in addition to game reporting. He will also assist the coaching staff with practice preparation and organization of onfield drills.
Baptista is a native of Narragansett, RI, where he currently resides.