Rhode Island Fire N' Ice is an elite youth fastpitch softball organization based out of East Providence, RI. The program was founded by Director and Coach, Rob Traverse, in 2010 for the purpose of providing exceptional softball training and instruction to young athletes. Our intent is to provide each player with the opportunity to develop and compete as they strive toward successful high school and college careers. While we compete in regional tournaments and showcases, we take pride in creating an environment that optimizes each player’s ability while maintaining a "team first" approach to the game.
Check out the new 2023-2024 rosters and tournament schedules.
Sam Bergantino | 2021-2022
Abby Fortin | 2021-2022
Amanda Conti | 2020-2021
Katie Heenan | 2020-2021
Lauren Geremia | 2019-2020
Corin Mahan | 2019-2020
Grace Swanson | 2018-2019
Maddy Hereth | 2018-2019
Paige Concannon | 2017-2018
Vanesa Vankataraman | 2017-2018
Ally Beaton | 2016-2017
Taylor Pacheco | 2016-2017
Director and Coach, Rob Traverse has led the RI Fire n’ Ice softball program since its inception 13 years ago. Under his direction, RI Fire n’ Ice has grown into an elite softball program on and off the field.
A veteran in the coaching ranks, Traverse has spent 20 years as head softball coach at East Providence High School before retiring from the position in 2019. He coached the Townies to the Southern Divisional Championship in 2001, 2004 and 2005 and has over 230 wins to his credit in division I. During his tenure, the Townies have qualified for the Division I state playoffs 19 out of 20 years. In 2019, the team received the Sportsmanship Award for D1 while finishing 11-5 on the year. In 2016, the Townies received the "It Takes a Team Award" by the Providence Journal. Traverse was named “Division I Coach of the Year” in 2013 and reached the Final Four in 2017 for the first time since 2005. In addition, he has provided instruction at numerous softball and baseball camps throughout the region for the past 32 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 after a 33-year career in the East Providence School Department, he is a senior advisor and Director of Civic Programming for the Secretary of State.
Coach Joe Bell joins RI Fire n' Ice as assistant of the Blue Team. Coach Bell was a standout outfielder at Pilgrim High School in the early 90's and went on to play at the University of Rhode Island. Coach Bell's knowledge of hitting and the outfield position is a welcome addition to FNI.
Coach “Fons” returns for his sixth year with FNI. Coach Fons was a standout college baseball player who played for former Red Team Coach, John LaRose at Johnson and Wales University. After graduation, Fons also served as one of Coach LaRose’s assistant coaches at JWU. His knowledge of the game, experience as an infielder, love for fitness, and calming influence always makes Coach Fons a welcome sight. He will serve as an instructor to both teams but be the head coach to the Red '23 Team.
FNI is lucky to have Coach Eric as the lead assistant of the Red '23 Team. Coach Eric was a former head coach of the RI Thunder Gold 14U team four years ago. A real student of the game, Coach Eric loves to teach and discuss hitting. His demeanor and knowledge of the game has made Coach Eric a valuable asset to FNI.
Coach Joe brings his knowledge and experience to RI Fire n' Ice from the RI Crush organization. Coach Joe was a standout player at West Warwick High School in the early 90's and went on to play at Sacred Heart University. Coach Joe is a veteran of travel softball and someone who orchestrated the partnership between RI Fire n' Ice and RI Crush.
Coach Mark joins FNI from the RI Crush organization. Coach Mark, an excellent player in his own right, has an innate feeling for the game and brings a sense of humor and realistic approach to the FNI coaching staff.
Coach Beats will be entering her 6th year as a coach at FNI. As the former 18U Blue Showcase Team's top assistant for the past 4 years, Coach Beats brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as both coach and player. A graduate of Assumption College, and a Hound all-time great, Ally earned DII All-East Region in her senior year. In addition, Coach Ally earned First Team All-NE 10 multiple times as well as being the runner-up for “Female Athlete of the Year” at Assumption in her sophomore season. Coach Beats was named captain in both her junior and senior years as a Hound. Ally is one of the greatest players to ever play for FNI and brings attention to detail and ability to connect with the players and coaches alike. While at Smithfield High School, Coach Beats was named Providence Journal First-Team All-State for each of her four years.
Coach Bri is in third season as an assistant coach. Coach Bri was a standout catcher and second baseman at URI for four years, before graduating in 2017. Recently, Coach Bri was invited to try out for the Colombian National Team with the hope of competing in the next Olympic games. She brings an expertise in the area of catching and also a first-person experience at what it takes to play at the D1 level. Coach Bri will once again, be an invaluable mentor to our young ladies.
Coach Mack is in her second year with FNI as an assistant coach. A standout player at Cranston East, playing under Coach PJ Bessette, Mack went on to a stellar career at Assumption. A 3-year starter at the hot corner, Mack was a true leader for the Hounds both on and off the field. She brings a competitive edge that will certainly rub off on our players.
Coach Lon comes to FNI as a veteran of the travel softball circuit as well as an experienced middle school coach (Head coach of Allan Shawn Feinstein in Coventry). Coach Lon is passionate, hard-working, and tireless. In his spare time, he runs tournaments just about every weekend and has met great success at every level.
Coach Jen is one of the most decorated players in RIIL Fastpitch history. A three time all-state player at West Warwick HS in the mid 90's, Jen went on to star at RIC. Jen understands exactly what it means to be a student-athlete and brings a wealth of experience to the FNI 12U Elite team.
Coach Mike continues to serve on Lon Hall's staff after a stint at RI Crush. Coach Mike brings enthusiasm, humor, and a light-hearted approach to the staff.
Elysse Saccoccio - 2023
Abby Choquette - 2023
Charlotte Raymond - 2023
Ally Dantas - 2023
Izzy Melanson - 2023
St. Lawrence University
Savanah Dubois - 2023
Bridgewater State Univ.
Sydney Duclos - 2023
Rhode Island College
Emily Heath - 2022
Sacred Heart University
Sam Bergantino - 2022
Mackenzie Bessette - 2022
University of New England
Emily Bessette - 2022
Grace Stephenson - 2022
Zoey McDonough - 2023
Jade Guertin - 2021
Plymouth State University
Abby Fortin - 2022
Katie Heenan - 2021
University of Rhode Island
Amanda Conti - 2021
Destiny Goyco - 2020
Johnson & Wales University
Corin Mahan - 2020
Lauren Geremia - 2020
Chloe Joslin - 2020
Cait Lopez - 2020
Sierra Ricci - 2020
Salem State University
Kasey Ruo - 2020
Roger Williams University
Raegan Simeone - 2020
Western New England University
Morgan Cournoyer - 2020
Bridgewater State University
Bella Sheeran - 2020
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Taylor Babcock - 2019
Belmont Abbey College
Tanya Cooper - 2019
Emma DaSilva - 2019
Abbie Roderick - 2019
Fitchburg State University
Sarah Steinkamp - 2019
Community College of Rhode Island
Grace Swanson - 2019
Framingham State University
Renae Lacroix - 2018
Alex Pina - 2018
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Vanessa Venkataraman - 2018
Caitlin Murphy - 2018
Tori Young - 2018
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
We would like to highlight the accolades of the coaching staff on this fine organization. Rob, Mike, PJ, Fonz, Allie and Bri (and Coach Clay) thank you for all you have done in developing Katie to her current level. We have witnessed a progression in her level of play and that competitive spirit was contagious throughout - creating an exciting and cohesive team of athletes striving to perform at their best and encouraging others to do the same! You all have been instrumental in reigniting the love of the game for her, and for Kellie and me as well. This organization has the best coaching we have seen in the 10 years we have been involved in with travel softball. No comparable organization in our opinion!
This group of players is extremely talented and special; we will be keeping an eye on all of you next season and beyond. This season was truly our favorite season in all of the years we have been playing/watching this terrific game. Thank you for being great teammates! We had so much fun watching this team become “New England’s Finest”. Congratulations to all on a tremendous season!
To our fellow parents, it was wonderful to get to know all of you this season. We had so much FUN! We greatly appreciate the kind words you expressed and the stories you shared about your experiences and interactions with Katie (as well as keeping any negative interactions to yourself…. Lol)
Rob, Pam and Archie - thank you for allowing us into the FNI family! Our move to FNI was one of our best softball decisions…ever. We are definitely going to miss this and all of you!
- Kelly and Tom Keenan, parents
We have always felt so fortunate to have our Amanda play ball for F.N.I. I can say with certainty, the entire coaching staff within this organization is second to NONE !!!
Coach Rob and all of our F.N.I coaches, please know Amanda, Deb and I truly care for all of you. We are blessed to have you all as lifelong friends.
In closing, Nurse Pam, Mary Beaton, Nancy Bessette, thank you all for all you do and have to put up with every weekend. As you all are truly the glue that holds this wonderful program together
- Deb and Joe Conti, parents
Our daughter was fortunate to play for FNI. It’s a professionally run organization that provides its players the opportunity to gain exposure to college coaches at all three levels. The coaches provide instruction and guidance to players so that they will be successful at the collegiate level.-
- Michelle Lopez, parent
After spending the last three years with Fire N' Ice, I have learned what a great team is all about. This organization teaches you to work hard but at the same time have fun! The coaches are so supportive and push you to be the best player you can be. Not only is it the best organization with the best coaches, but it has brought me some of the closest friendships and taught me what softball is all about. The FNI family is the best you can get!-
- Amanda Conti, player
This year was my first season with Fire N’ Ice and coming in as a senior on a team with girls that have been together for sometime. But they opened up to me and took me in as if I was there the whole time and would highly recommend this organization to anyone who is looking for a competitive high intensity team who is always open to new players!
- Morgan Cournoyer, player
Fire n’ Ice is so much more than an organization, it’s your second family. Every since my freshman year I knew something was so different about this team than any others around us. I’ve grown in to the player and leader I am now bc of this organization and great coaching staff. As this is my last season I remember my first year being so nervous making blue but I knew I was here for a reason. Thanks to FNI for giving me forever friends, mentors, and a great 4 years!
- Corin Mahan, player
I have played for Fire N' Ice for the past 3 years and love everything about this program. I wish I found this program at a very young age, because it is too hard to leave. Being able to play the sport I love and compete with my awesome teammates is the best feeling ever. The coaches' motivation and heart for this game makes this program unforgettable. This organization is my family and I will forever be grateful for that.
- Lauren Geremia, player
My Daughter was fortunate through hard work to make Fire and Ice Blue team for the past two seasons. This program has her playing at a very high level due to the knowledge of Coach Rob, Coach Mike, Coach Ally and the entire coaching staff. This organization has their players playing hard, playing smart and having fun. It’s a no brainer, this program is where you want your daughter !!
- Joe Conti, parent
Our daughter has played for this organization for four years and we could not have been happier with our decision to switch over. Rob and Pam dedicate so much time and effort into the girls and this organization. Their passion and energy translates to the the entire FNI family and creates a tight support structure. Each of the coaches are so dedicated and truly want what is best for each of the players
- Danielle Sheeran, parent
After playing for FNI for the past few years, my experience has been nothing but positive. From my relationship with my coaches and teammates, the transition has been seamless. Through FNI I was able to play in the highest level tournaments to gain exposure to college coaches. These opportunities allowed me to pursue a collegiate softball career. I would not be the player or person I am today without the help of my coaches and teammates.
- Cait Lopez, player
Fire N Ice is more than being on a competitive team and playing to get committed to a college team. This organization is a family where you will make great friendships and also be able to share your love for the game with your teammates. The coaching staff pushes you to be the best player that you can be, and makes sure you are ready to perform in front of college coaches. Having the opportunity to play for fire n ice is an honor and privilege. At fire n ice, it’s more than just softball.
- Alex Pina, player
Fire n Ice is an amazing organization. The coaches are great and help each player build in their own way. The coaches, parents and players were wonderful and welcomed us into the Softball family. We have seen our daughter grow as a player both mentally and physically. We owe this to the coaches and how they work on each players strengths and weaknesses. They don’t criticize the players if they make a mistake or error but will make suggestions which are always done in a positive way. We’re glad that we are a part of the Fire and Ice organization.
- David and Robyn Geremia, parents
The past 4 years with FNI have been the best years of travel softball for me. All of our coaches work with each player individually to sharpen the players skills and improve their game. I have made so many memories with the girls on the team and I'm really going to miss playing for this organization next year, but I wouldn't have wanted to end travel ball with any other team.
- Paige Concannon, player
The team felt like a family. This made it fun to play and gave us an edge over the other teams. We work together so well which made winning feel easy. I feel I have come such a long way since I first came to Fire n’ Ice 3 years ago. My hitting mechanics and abilities have improved immensely as well as my offensive skills. The coaches never stopped helping me improve either, I was given advice up until the very end of my time on fire n’ ice. Fire N’ Ice is more than just a team, it is a family. Everybody cares about everyone, and this ranges from all 3 teams we have. If someone makes a big play, they’ll get congratulated by the parents, players and coaches of all of our teams. The team chemistry is unbeatable, and this factor makes it that much easier to perform well. Being so close and working so well together makes it that much easier to win. Joining Fire n’ Ice 3 years ago was by far one of the best decisions I have ever made.
- Caitlin Murphy, player
Fire N’ Ice really shaped me into the player I always knew I could be but never reached that point. The coaching and constant support of my teammates made my confidence grow tremendously. I always felt like the girls had my back and I always had theirs and I think that’s so important. It was definitely the best 2 years I’ve had of my softball career. Even though there were 2 separate teams, I felt close with both of them despite only playing with 1 team during tournaments.
- Tori Young, player
After playing 1 season with the Fire N’ Ice organization, I have fallen in love with all of it. The coach staff, players and parents are all amazing. Coming into the program knowing I made the team with all older girls was a very nervous task for me to proceed with. The girls were very welcoming and made me feel like this is were I belong. I wish I found this program years earlier, so I could spend more and more time with the amazing players. This orginaztion will always have love and respect for every player who wore a Fire N’ Ice uniform, even if they graduated. This team has improved me as not only a player, but a better person in life.
This organization is by far the best I have been apart of. Not only is the level at which practices are run and the commitment to this team that to a college team, but just the environment itself is something I am so lucky to be a part of. I come to practice excited to learn something new and grow as a player while also having fun with all of my teammates. I am so proud to be apart of this amazing team which I can also call my second family.
- Hannah LaRose, player
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
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