Women's Softball Coaching Staff
Kim Warrington returns to CCRI for her fourth season as the Knights' head coach. In her first two seasons at the helm, Warrington led the Knights to a 33-35 record. Warrington arrived at CCRI in 2017 with a wealth of knowledge from her days as a player, coach and pitching instructor throughout Rhode Island, including one season as a volunteer assistant at CCRI under former head coach Bev Wiley in 2005.
From 2014 to 2016, Warrington served as the head softball coach at Exeter-West Greenwich High School following a brief stint as a junior varsity and varsity volunteer assistant at North Kingstown High School. She also worked as the assistant softball coach at Roger Williams University in 2006 and 2007.
As a player, Warrington earned All-Little East Conference honors each year at Rhode Island College and still holds the school record for career strikeouts (629) and innings pitched (632). She is also ranked second on RIC's all-time list with 17 career shutouts and third with a career 1.59 ERA, which translated into a successful career as a pitching instructor. Warrington also thrived at the plate, finishing her career at RIC with the second most doubles in a single season with 15 in 2001.
The Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics honored Warrington with its Distinguished Female Athlete Award in 2004. Warrington graduated cum laude from RIC with certifications in primary education and also a dual certification in special education (K-12). She currently works as a special educator at Portsmouth High School and resides in North Kingstown, RI.
Paul Mercier arrives at CCRI with 20 years of youth coaching experience, most recently in the Rhode Island Interscholastic Softball League, where he coached the Northmen of North Smithfield High School to a 74-26 record with 10 post season appearances and two division titles.
Mercier helped the team grow to a D1 program through generating high win percentages. He is well respected among the RIIL coaching community. In 2017, Mercier earned RIIL Division II Coach of the Year honors after leading the Northmen to the Division II Title.
From 2005 to 2017, before he coached the Northmen, Mercier coached for the Blackstone Valley Blazers Travel Softball Program in two different age levels. From 2005 to 2011, he coached U-16 and U-18 players and then coached college-aged players in the U-23 division
Before coaching the Blazers, Mercier served as the President of the North Smithfield Little League Program from 2000-2004. He was in charge of both the youth baseball and youth softball operations. He helped remodel the ballfield complex and led both youth programs to numerous championships as head coach. Mercier has also served as a volunteer for the Rhode Island Special Olympics.
Mercier is a graduate of Woonsocket High School, where he was on the student council and was a four-year letterman in golf. He has enjoyed playing slow pitch softball for more than 20 years. Mercier owns
PM Colors, a jewelry manufacturing company, and oversees management and operates factory production. He resides in North Smithfield, RI.