Monica Mesalles Nassi enters her second season as head women’s gymnastics coach at Rhode Island College. She spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at RIC.
In her first season at the helm in 2018-19, Nassi was named the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) East Region Coach of the Year. She helped the Anchorwomen post the program's best-ever team score, as well as program high point totals on vault, beam, bars and floor. Nassi had two gymnasts earn all-around East Region honors and qualify for the NCGA National Championship. She also helped one gymnast earn NCGA All-American honors, the first for RIC in 18 years.
Nassi was named the NCGA East Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016.
Nassi joined the staff following a successful collegiate career at the University of Bridgeport, an NCAA Division II gymnastics powerhouse. A four-year competitor for the Purple Knights, Nassi earned USAG National Championship honors seven times during her career, including three straight titles on floor. A three-time captain, she was a member of four straight USAG National Championship squads.
She was inducted into Bridgeport's Athletic Hall of Fame as an individual in 2017 and into the Purple Knights' Team Hall of Fame in 2018.
Prior to her time at Bridgeport, Nassi was a member of the Spanish National Team that finished fifth at both the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2003 World Championships in Anaheim. She also earned the vault title and placed fifth on beam at the 2005 World Cup in Germany. Nassi was also a six-time champion at the Spanish National Championships.
Nassi is a 2013 graduate of the University of Bridgeport where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business with a minor in finance. She resides in North Providence with her husband Matthew and daughter Mia.