Director and Coach, Rob Traverse has led the RI Fire n’ Ice softball program since its inception 7 years ago. Under his direction, RI Fire n’ Ice has grown into an elite U18 softball program on and off the field.
A veteran in the coaching ranks, Traverse has spent the last eighteen years as head softball coach at East Providence High School. He coached the Townies to the Southern Divisional Championship in 2001, 2004 and 2005 and has over 200 wins to his credit in division I. During his tenure, the Townies have qualified for the Division I state playoffs 17 out of 18 years. Traverse was named “Division I Coach of the Year” in 2013 and just this year, the Townies were named the "It Takes a Team" Sportsmanship Team of the Year by the Providence Journal. He has provided instruction at numerous softball and baseball camps throughout the region for the past 25 years.
As a player, Traverse was a standout second baseman for East Providence High School earning all-star and all-state selections in 1985. He went on to play Division I collegiate baseball at the University of Rhode Island from 1985 to 1989 and was named team captain in his senior year.
Traverse graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1989 with a degree in education and is currently a guidance counselor at East Providence High School. He has been a teacher/counselor for 26 years in the East Providence School System.
RI Fire n’ Ice would like to welcome long-time great North Providence High School Softball coach, Paul Rizzo back to the coaching ranks. Rizzo was a standout shortstop with LaSalle Academy and starred for Providence College in the mid eighties. He spent time in the New York Mets organization before beginning his coaching career at North Providence High School. Rizzo captured multiple D1 state championships with the North Providence High School Softball Team before leaving to raise his four children. Currently, he is the long time head boys basketball coach at NPHS. Welcome Coach Rizz!!!
Coach Beats has been an assistant coach with Rhode Island Fire n’ Ice for 6 years. His knowledge of the game and positive approach have made him a valuable part of the organization and a big reason for the program's success. Mike has does an excellent job teaching the outfielders and working as a hitting instructor.
Coach Clay enters his third season as an assistant coach with Rhode Island Fire n’ Ice. He and Rob were college baseball teammates at the University of Rhode Island from 1985-89. While at URI, Steve was an outfielder/catcher and enjoyed success as a wide receiver on the football team as well. He was an Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Needham High School (MA) from 1995-2000. With Fire n' Ice, Steve enjoys working with the catchers and sharing his knowledge of hitting as well.
Zoe Haley '15 - Worcester State University
Annie Mitchell '16 - Babson College
Juliana Romeo '16 - Bentley University
Laura Sylvestre '16 - Bay Path University
Ally Beaton '17 - Assumption College
Fire n Ice allowed me to have fun on and off the field and sharpen my skills at the same time. Each practice, Coach Rob's motivation and organization inspired me to work at something and become a better player. It's very hard to find a team where the coach provides an environment where you can have fun, be very competitive, and also victorious 99% of the time....And FNI has all of those things. First time in a while I really enjoyed myself out on the field and even at practice. The game became a lot more fun for me and each tournament was a blast.
- Annie Mitchell
I truly believe that this year as a player on Fire N' Ice I have grow in ways I would have never imagined. The lessons I have learned go far beyond just the softball field. Each coach on the coaching staff, Coach Rob Traverse, Coach Clay, and Coach Beaton, I view as valuable mentors to me that I attribute to my growth as a person and player. I feel as though I am privileged to play for RI Fire N' Ice.
- A Current Player
The girls coaches and parents are all enjoying themselves and it has transcended on the field and we are playing very well as a team. They are well coached and carry themselves very well on the field. Most of our games have been very well attended by various coaches and our recruit- able players are getting some good looks.
- Dave Mitchell, Parent
The team bond this year has been stronger than ever before, and we carry our team chemistry onto the field. I also enjoyed how every practice has been different and we cover all aspects of the game. I feel way more prepared come game time.
- Maddie Nees
I played with the team and couldn't imagine playing for any other team. FNI is like a second family. My growth and success as a player can be fully contributed to FNI.
- Emily Anderson
After playing for RI Fire N Ice for six years, I have fallen in love with the organization. Being able to showcase yourself to college coaches while still keeping the competition and teamwork aspect of the game alive is very rewarding to a player. The coaching staff is phenomenal, taking time to find the strengths and weaknesses of each individual player and working with them on those specific skills. In addition to that, the family atmosphere of Fire N Ice is unlike any other team. Not one Fire N Ice player has ever went to another team because they were unhappy with their experience here and that's because there is an astounding amount of respect for every member of the Fire N Ice "family."
- Emily Machado
I have played with the RI Fire n' Ice for about the past 6 years and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. After struggling to find a team for a few months, I stumbled upon the RI Fire n' Ice and decided to give it a try. I was a little nervous at first but the girls and coaches accepted me right away and I became a part of the family. Over the years some of the girls have aged out, but a few of us have remained together and they have become a part of my extended family. Not only did the "veterans" become part of my family, but even the newer players. Our team chemistry is amazing and I owe a lot of it to the coaches as well. Our coaches are able to somehow bring together a variety of different personalities with little to no problems within the members of the team. This team has helped me become a better player and person, and I will be forever grateful of that.
- Taylor Pacheco