September 2, 2010


Martinous Tabbed RIC Assistant
Women’s Volleyball Coach

Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College announced the hiring of Keith Martinous ’96 to the position of assistant women’s volleyball coach. Martinous joins a women’s volleyball program which improved its record by 10 wins last season and advanced to the semifinals of the Little East Conference Tournament. The Anchorwomen commence their 2010 season tonight in a non-conference match at Wheaton College.




In this role, Martinous is reunited with 2009 Little East Conference Coach of the Year Luis Carvalho. The two have an extensive history of successful partnership in volleyball coaching at the high school level that they seek to emulate at Rhode Island College. Before arriving at RIC, Carvalho served as the boys and girls head volleyball coach at East Providence High School. From 1997-2001, Carvalho held both positions simultaneously and had Martinous as an assistant on at least one of his teams in each of those years. Martinous was Carvalho’s assistant on the boys’ team from 1997-2002 and on the girls’ team from 1999-2003. 


It was as Carvalho’s assistant at East Providence that Martinous got his first taste of championship volleyball. The tandem raised R.I. Div. I State Championship banners in both boys’ and girls’ volleyball in 2000, followed by a boys’ title in 2001 and a girls’ title again in 2002. Martinous succeeded Carvalho as head boys’ coach in 2002 and continued the winning tradition. The Townies reached the state finals in 2007 and brought home the Rhode Island crown again in 2008. East Providence reached the state semifinals in five of Martinous’ nine seasons. 


Carvalho is excited to have Martinous aboard at Rhode Island College. “He’s a very dedicated individual,” Carvalho said. “There’s nothing you can ask of Keith that he doesn’t do for you.  He’s very resourceful.”


Martinous also had a distinguished playing career, one that began as a member of Carvalho’s very first East Providence boys volleyball team in 1989. For the Townies, Martinous was an All-Stater in consecutive seasons, making the second team in 1989 before improving to the first team in 1990. 


In college, Martinous flourished as a middle hitter at Roger Williams University in Bristol. In the 1992 season, Martinous was the team’s Rookie of the Year and finished ninth in the nation in blocks per game. 


In addition to his coaching activities, Martinous teaches biology and physics at East Providence High School. Martinous credentialed himself for the job at Rhode Island College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a biology concentration in 1996.