Samantha Amaral joined the Corsair staff prior to the 2017 season after spending the past six seasons as the head coach at the Community College of Rhode Island. Under her leadership, the Knights posted a remarkable overall record of 107-60 (.640), five winning seasons and five appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) District Tournament. This past fall was CCRI’s most successful under Amaral and her staff, as the Knights boasted an overall record of 22-7 and claimed the District L Championship en route to the program’s first NJCAA Division II national tournament appearance since 2008.
Several of Amaral’s CCRI student-athletes continued their volleyball careers at NCAA Division III institutions, including Rhode Island College, Bridgewater State, New England College and Johnson & Wales. She played a key role in developing Paula Cadavid, who garnered All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) accolades for the perennial power Wildcats in 2014 and a 2015 NCAA Division III tournament participant.
Prior to her time at CCRI, Amaral coached at several strong prep and high school programs in New England. From 2008-10, she was the junior varsity and first varsity assistant at Ursuline Academy in Dedham, Mass., helping the Bears to back-to-back Division III South Sectional championships. Amaral also served as the head coach at Codman Academy in Dorchester, Mass. and remains an active club coach for high-school age players.
A 2009 graduate of Regis College, Amaral was a four-year player for the Pride and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She currently works for the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass.