CCRI Knights Baseball

Coaching Staff

Kevin Rix- Head CoachRix

After seven seasons as Assistant Coach and Associate Head Coach, Rix begins his first season as Head Coach in 2018. He works with the Knights’ pitchers and assists in other areas.

Rix previously served as the head coach of the Warwick Connie Mack Baseball League and as assistant coach of the Warwick team in the Rhode Island Amateur League. In 2000, he was the assistant coach of the Pilgrim High School freshmen baseball team. He also has served as an assistant coach for Warwick Veterans High School.

Rix lives in Warwick. He has a son, Kevin, and a daughter, Amanda.

Ray Tessaglia- Assistant Coach

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

Tessaglia is the former head coach of the men’s 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 Hopkins, benefit the CCRI baseball program.

Tessaglia lives in Providence with his wife Janice and daughter Sydney.

Joe Hopkins - Assistant Coach '81

Hopkins is a former Knights baseball player from 1979-81. He joins his brother Ken for his first year on the coaching staff for the baseball team. During his player time at CCRI, Hopkins earned first team and second team All-Region honors at catcher.

He has numerous years of coaching experience coaching in both basketball and baseball. From 2012 to 2016, Hopkins coached in the George Donnelly Sunset League in Newport. Previously he served as the basketball coach at Western Hills Middle School and for the Cranston High School West freshman boys’ team. Hopkins was a patrolman for the Cranston Police Department from 1997 to 2009. In 2009, he was promoted to detective in the department, a position he holds today. Before joining the Cranston Police Department he owned JMH Painting Company from 1987-97.

Hopkins is a graduate of Roger Williams University with bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He also holds an associate degree in criminal justice and liberal arts from CCRI. He is a member of the Johnston High School athletics Hall of Fame. He lives in Cranston.

Peter Olson - Assistant Coach

Olson joins the CCRI coaching staff in 2017-2018. 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 numerous coaching experiences throughout Rhode Island. Most recently, he was the Varsity Head Coach at Wheeler School based out of Providence Rhode Island. Before that, he was the Head coach of Junior Varsity at Bishop Hendricken. Olson worked for years at the RBI Baseball Academy, coaching youth teams and offering individual lessons to players. He did the same job at Upper Deck Baseball Academy from 2005-2008, and returned in 2010 and is now presently employed there as well. He is also currently employed at Providence Sports and Leadership, acting as the Manager of the RBU baseball program and the head coach of the 16 and under College Prospect baseball team.

Alongside his plethora of baseball coaching experience, he brings a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies from Rhode Island College.

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: 11/1/17