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 is pleased to announce that current Johnson & Wales University Head Baseball Coach, John LaRose, has joined the coaching staff! John has lead the highly successful Wildcats program for the past 18 years and won at least 20 games in 14 out of the last 15 seasons. Under LaRose’s direction, the Wildcats have won a pair of Great Northeast Athletic Conference regular season championships and he was named GNAC Coach of the Year win 2011 and 2013.
LaRose was a successful player in his own right. At Providence College, he was a standout pitcher and earned Academic All-Big East senior year. John graduated with a history education degree in 1991 and he received his master’s degree in sports information from the University of Georgia in 1994. Prior playing at PC, he was an All-State selection at Shea High School in Pawtucket, RI. LaRose and his wife Tracy live in Cumberland, RI with their daughters Hannah and Abby as well as son Jack. We are thrilled to welcome John to the Fire n' Ice family!
Paul Rizzo is entering his second season with RI Fire n’ Ice and will take the helm of the 14U team this year. In his first season with FNI, Coach Rizz helped to start up the 18U Red Team and lead them to an impressive 15-10-3 record. As a player, 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. We are lucky to have Coach Rizz!!!
Coach Beats has been an assistant coach with Rhode Island Fire n’ Ice for 7 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 fourth 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.
Ally was an outstanding shortstop for Fire N' Ice for the past 7 seasons. While at Smithfield High School, she was a standout multi-sport athlete in both soccer and hockey, before deciding to focus solely on softball. Her talent on the diamond was well recognized as she was named Rhode Island First-Team All-State for each of her 4 years! Ally is currently playing softball at Assumption College while pursuing a degree in Sports Management. We are extremely happy to have "Young Beats" join our staff.
Vanessa Venkataraman - 2018
Caitlin Murphy - 2018
Tori Young - 2018
Plymouth State University
Jocelyn Bodington - 2018
Paige Concannon - 2018
Allison Ainley - 2018
Ally Beaton - 2017
Maddi Leite - 2017
Saint Anselm College
Megan Long - 2017
Laura Sylvestre - 2016
Bay Path University
Annie Mitchell - 2016
Juliana Romeo - 2016
Zoe Haley - 2015
Worcester State University
I have been in the the Fire n' Ice organization for 7 years now and still in year 7, i am just as excited to come to practice and games as i was in year 1. The coaches are always prepared with a great practice plan that makes it run very smoothly and is adjusted week to week depending on which areas we need to approve on the most. Fire n' Ice provides a family atmosphere that is second to none. At every single team event or game you will not only see parents but also grandparents and siblings and many others supporting the team. It has been and honor to wear the Fire n' Ice jersey for so long and i have made many memories and life long friends I will never forget.
- Ally Beaton, player
I have played for several different organizations throughout my softball career and none of them have compared to the RI Fire N' Ice. The coaches all knew the game extremely well and prepared well thought out practices every week to help every player get better. The talent combined with the chemistry on the team made us an unstoppable force on the field. I only played one year with this team, and I met some of my best friends on it and had so much fun while becoming a better player at the same time. This team will become your second family, and it will definitely help you reach the next step in your softball career.
- Maddi Leite, player
The Fire n Ice Softball Program is so much more than a softball program. The coaches create a positive learning environment and improve the skills of every player to ensure a solid team. You also learn how to act as a team player and how to cheer on everyone and don't hang your heads even if you are losing. This past year I have grown as a player and a person. The family environment the Fire n Ice program creates makes the experience a truly great one. It was such a honor to have the privilege to play on this team.
- Alex Mitchell, player
Being on Fire n' Ice has been an extremely positive experience for my daughter this season. Fire n' Ice is an exceptionally well run organization with coaches who truly care about the success of each of their players. It has been wonderful to watch my daughter grow as a player, to see the girls bond both on and off the field, and to witness them quickly become a force to be reckoned with!
- Natalie Mitchell, parent
As new members to the team this year we felt so welcomed by all players, parents and coaches! This is a true testament to the leadership! You take the time to share your goals, expectations and plans and stick to them! Coaches demonstrate good sportsmanship and never give up on the players which clearly trickles down to the girls.
- Lisa Leite, parent
Fire n Ice is more then just a softball team its a family. Practices and games are always so much fun because of the people that you are with. The coaches are very good about working with you if you have something specific you need to work on and are very encouraging with the way they coach. The envrionment is always so much fun but we still all stay focused and work hard while having a great time with the other girls and the coaches.
- Paige Concannon, player
Fire n Ice is the 'sleeper cell' of softball. A humble, quiet organization with smart, talented players who always delivered on the field and at the plate, winning games as well as the respect of our competition. A wonderful organization with whom to grow and develop.
-Kerrie Atwell, parent
The amount of college coaches who would show up at our showcases was astounding. Many of them said they would gladly take any of our players based on the way the organization was run.
-Bruce Atwell, parent
When I first came to Fire N' Ice, I was hesitant to leave the organization I came from, but it ended up being one of the best decisions I've ever made. The coaching and the team atmosphere is unlike anything I've ever had. The coaches provide a variety of new drills each week, and a constant motivation to improve, while keeping the atmosphere at a happy medium where you never feel overwhelmed. Throughout my past 2 years on the team I've been able to not only enjoy myself and have fun, but improve as a player in all aspects of the game. Fire N' Ice is more than just a team, its a family, and I cant imagine playing for any other team.
- Caitlin Murphy, player
I saw my daughter, Vanessa grow as a player and leader with each game. Her coaches are fantastic. Practices were unbelievable, she learned so much each time. Best coaching she has ever had.
-Suzanne Venkataraman, parent
I've never had a better experience with a team. Being apart of and playing for FnI has opened up numerous opportunities for me and I can't imagine myself anywhere else.
- Jocelyn Bodington, player
After spending one year so far with Fire n Ice, I wish I tried out earlier. I learned so much from the coaches and the players were all so nice. It really helped me see the game in a new way. I also appreciate how the coaches focused not only on individual skills but also team skills. Fire n Ice was a great team and I wish to continue with the program to learn more from the team and coaches.
- Allison Ainley, player
Fire n Ice is a stand up organization. The coaches, players and parents are all supportive and helpful. The coaches are knowledgeable and willing to work hard with players to make them better both on and off of the field. Coming to Fire n Ice 2 years ago was the best decision our family could have made.
- Ellen Murphy, parent
The organization overall is by far the best organization I have ever played for. Each coach knows each player specifically and helps them improve as a person and player. The players are all also so invested in the game. Throughout each season here I have made countless memories while improving every season.
- Renae Lacroix, player
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, 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, player
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, player
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, player
I have played with the RI Fire n' Ice for about the past 7 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, player
For all inquiries, please contact Coach Rob Traverse at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 401-864-6770