PROVIDENCE, R.I.-Rhode Island College has named Luis Carvalho as its head women's volleyball coach. He takes over for Craig Letourneau who recently resigned to take the Head Women's Volleyball Coach's position at Emerson.
"I am very happy to be continuing my coaching career and I am very happy to be a part of the coaching staff at Rhode Island College." Carvalho says.
The East Providence native is a legend in the Rhode Island volleyball community. He was the varsity Head Girls' Volleyball Coach at East Providence High School for 25 years (1982-2007), capturing seven R.I. Div. I State Championships during his tenure. Carvalho was also the Townies' varsity Head Boys' Volleyball Coach for 13 years (1989-2001), winning two state titles. He also won two R.I. Div. I titles in boys' soccer as the head coach at Barrington High School in 1985 and 1986.
Carvalho was named the Rhode Island Male Coach of the Year by the R.I.I.A. in 1993. Words Unlimited named him the High School Girls Coach of the Year in 1994 and again 2000. He is an 11-time Coach of the Year award recipient by the Rhode Island Volleyball Coaches Association. Carvalho received the Alice Sullivan Award, signifying him as the Girls Coach of the Year in 2000 and was a 2007 inductee into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.
He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and health from the University of Rhode Island in 1973. He was a two-time All-Yankee Conference selection in soccer for the Rams. Carvalho is a 1999 inductee into U.R.I.'s Athletic All of Fame.
Carvalho recently retired after a 34-year career as a physical education teacher at East Providence High School.
He resides in Seekonk, Massachusetts with his wife Maria '74. They have three daughters: Melanie '90 (35), Ligia '92 (33) and Jennifer (31) as well as four grandchildren.