CCRI Knights Baseball

Coaching Staff

Head Coach Kevin RixKevin Rix- Head Coach

After seven seasons as assistant coach and associate head coach, Kevin Rix begins his first season as head coach of the CCRI baseball team in 2018.

Rix earned his collegiate coaching stripes as an assistant and associate under 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 will broaden 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. He has a son, Kevin, and a daughter, Amanda.

Ray TessagliaRay Tessaglia- Assistant Coach

Ray Tessaglia has numerous years of coaching experience at the amateur and Division I levels. Eighteen years ago, he reunited with former head coach Ken Hopkins, with whom he teamed up to lead the women's basketball and baseball programs for many years at Rhode Island College.

Tessaglia is the former head coach of the baseball team and former associate head coach of the women's basketball team at Rhode Island College. His overall knowledge of the game and teaching skills, coupled with his working familiarity with Rix, benefit the CCRI baseball program.

Tessaglia lives in Providence 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 second 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, when he promoted 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.

Peter OlsonPeter Olson - Assistant Coach

Peter Olson joins the coaching staff for his first season with CCRI. Olson works as a Behavior Specialist Supervisor at Lifespan, working with young adults in high school programs throughout the Rhode Island area.

Olson also has several years of coaching experience in Rhode Island. Most recently, he was the varsity head coach for the Providence-based Wheeler School baseball team following a head-coaching stint for the Bishop Hendricken junior varsity team.

Olson worked for several years at the RBI Baseball Academy, coaching youth teams and offering individual lessons to players. He worked in a similar capacity at the Upper Deck Baseball Academy from 2005 through 2008, and returned in 2010. He is also currently employed at the Providence Sports and Leadership non-profit organization, acting as the manager of the baseball program and the head coach of the 16 and under College Prospect Travel Team.

Olson attended Rhode Island College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies.

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: 4/17/18