Kevin S. Salisbury
Interim Director of Athletics/Student Life
Adjunct Faculty – Physical Education, Psychology, Student Success
Kevin began his CCRI career in August of 1999 as the Assistant Director of Athletics, Aquatics and Facilities. Based mainly on the Flanagan campus, Kevin was responsible for overseeing the entire Flanagan Fieldhouse which includes four basketball/volleyball courts, indoor track, ten locker rooms, a six-lane 25-yard swimming pool, and outdoor facilities for soccer and cross country. Kevin was also responsible for all community rentals as well as assisting where needed in scheduling the Physical Education courses. Kevin has taught Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor Courses for the last 37 years. In doing so, CCRI has become Rhode Island’s mainstay for most Lifeguard certification courses and for training the Captains of many of the RI beaches. Kevin spent 11 years as an instructor at the America Red Cross National Aquatic School and spent his last year as the schools’ assistant director. As an adjunct faculty member, Kevin teaches General Psychology, Student Success, Sport Psychology, and Lifeguarding courses.
He was promoted to Associate Director of Athletics/Student-Life in 2009 and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the department of athletics. He was named to his current position of Interim Director of Athletics in January 2017.
Kevin has been involved with many CCRI Committees over the years. Currently he is the CCRI Governance Compliance Officer for the college. He also serves on the Gender Equity, Strategic Planning, Guided Pathways, and NEASC committees.
Through his involvement with the NJCAA, he was elected as the NJCAA Region XXI Men’s Director in 2015 and was recently elected through 2019. From 2013-2015, he served as the NJCAA Region XXI Assistant Women’s Director/Treasurer. In 2016, he was chosen to serve on the NJCAA Eligibility Committee for a two-year term. In 2015, The National Association of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) elected him as the District I Representative (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT) and will serve in that role through 2019. From 2002-2010 he was a member of the Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.
Prior to CCRI, Kevin was the Head Swimming and Diving Coach at Clark University from 1990-1999. Clark swimmers he coached still own many team records today. He has also coached swimming as an assistant at Brown University (1988-1990) and Providence College (2000-2017) with good friend John O’Neill. Salisbury and O’Neill produced a video “Take Your Mark, a Parent’s Guide to Age Group Swimming” which was sold nationally by the American Swimming Coaches Association where he holds a Level III Coach Certification. His other coaching stints came in the sport of ice hockey where he coached his daughter through her younger years and she later played college hockey at UMass-Boston in the ECAC. Kevin is also a Level IV USA Hockey Certified Coach.
Kevin attended the University of Rhode Island and was a member of the Swimming and Diving Team which competed in the Atlantic Ten Conference. He was elected Captain his senior year. Kevin received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education-Sport Psychology in 1988. While earning his master’s, Kevin accepted a graduate assistantship and his responsibility was the operation of the URI intramural program. He was awarded the Annual URI Alumni Award in 1993 for his fundraising efforts for the program.
Prior to college, Kevin attended Bishop Hendricken High School where he also participated on the Swimming Team. He was named Captain his Senior year and under his leadership the team went on to win Hendricken’s first State and New England Championships in swimming.
He was inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame in 1993; chosen the American Swimming Coaches Association’s (ASCA) Best Ideas winner in 1991, 1992, and 1993 and was invited as a speaker at ASCA’s Coaches Convention in 1995. He also was a sport psychology writer for Swimming Times Magazine. In 2017, Kevin and the 1981 team he captained at Hendricken High School was inducted into the Bishop Hendricken Athletic Hall of Fame in the “Legends” category.
He resides in Rhode Island with his wife Lisa. He and Lisa have three daughters, Kaitlyn, Jessica, and Rachel.