Bill Beck Field
Built in memory of former Rhode Island baseball and football coach, Bill Beck Field originally opened in 1966 and has since served as the home of the Rams.read more
Raphael Cerrato was named interim head coach of the Rhode Island baseball team on July 17, 2014 and – following a successful first season with the Rams – officially became the program’s permanent head coach on June 23, 2015.
With the interim tag lifted and a core group of players returning in 2016, Cerrato’s Rams won seven of their eight conference series – including three weekend sweeps – en route to a 18-6 mark in league play as well as the Atlantic 10 regular-season title. It was Rhody’s first outright Atlantic 10 regular-season title since 2006.
At the conference championship, the Rams defeated host Fordham (10-1) on Thursday before easing past Davidson 13-4 on Friday and 15-2 in Saturday’s title game. Overall, Rhody outscored its opponents 38-7 to finish with a +21 run differential over the course of its three-game sweep to the conference crown.
Making the program’s second-ever appearance in an NCAA regional, the fourth-seeded Rams were sent to the Columbia Regional, where they opened the tournament with a 5-4 win over top-seeded South Carolina. The win over the Gamecocks – who were ranked sixth in the nation at the time – marked Rhode Island’s first NCAA postseason victory.
Sean O’Brien enters his fourth season at Rhode Island in 2017-18, most recently taking on the role of recruiting coordinator. He joined head coach Raphael Cerrato’s staff after spending the previous two years at Endicott College (Division III).
In his time with the Gulls, O’Brien’s defensive responsibilities included working with the team’s catchers, outfielders and corner infielders. Offensively, he was in charge of hitting, bunting and baserunning while also assisting with scouting and recruiting.
In his two years at Endicott, he helped lead the team to back-to-back Commonwealth Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles as well as an appearance in the 2013 NCAA Northeast Regionals. That year Endicott received the program’s first-ever national ranking, checking in at No. 19 in the D3Baseball.com Poll.
Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach
Kevin Vance enters his second season at Rhode Island in 2017-18. He joined head coach Raphael Cerrato’s staff as a volunteer assistant coach in 2016-17 and was elevated to full-time assistant after his first year of working with the Rhody pitchers.
A native of Solana Beach, Calif., Vance comes to Rhody following a six-year playing career in minor league baseball. Selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 19th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, he ascended as high as Double-A in the White Sox organization, playing for the Birmingham Barons in both 2013 and 2014. The following year, he signed a free-agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and made his Triple-A debut for the Reno Aces later in 2015.
Vance also has international playing experience as he represented the Philippines in February of 2016 when the club traveled to Sydney, Australia for the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament. Additionally, he is fluent in Spanish and served as a translator for numerous Latin American teammates throughout his playing career.
David Fischer joined Raphael Cerrato’s staff as a volunteer assistant coach in September of 2017.
In his role, Fischer will assist Kevin Vance with all aspects of working with the Rams’ pitching staff. Vance and Fischer were teammates together at Connecticut.
Fischer spent the 2017 season coaching with the Springvale Lions baseball club in Melbourne, Australia. Before that, he worked with the Farm AAU program in Waltham, Mass.