Tim Rivera - Assistant Coach
- With nearly three decades worth of coaching experience with multiple collegiate programs, Tim Rivera enters his first season as an assistant coach at William and Mary.
While Rivera will be instrumental in all aspects of the program, he will work primarily with bars and vault while also serving as the recruiting coordinator.
“I’m very excited to have Tim here,” Lewis said at the time of Rivera’s hiring. “With his wealth of experience and technical expertise, I believe he’s going to have a positive and immediate impact on the program.”
Prior to joining the W&M staff, Rivera served as a co-head coach at Texas Woman’s University for six seasons where he worked primarily on bars. During his tenure with the Pioneers, the program ranked No. 1 or No. 2 on bars in the USAG National Collegiate rankings. Additionally, TWU gymnasts were bars champions at the Mid-West Independent Conference Championship meet five times and were USAG National Collegiate bars champions five of the last six years.
In addition to TWU’s tremendous success on bars, Rivera also helped the program achieve a pair of USAG National Collegiate team titles (2006, 2008) as well as a runner-up finish (2005) and a pair of top-five honors (2007, 2009).
Before joining the Pioneers’ staff, Rivera served as an assistant and head bars coach at San Jose State University from 2001-04. While there, he helped the program qualify for the NCAA West Regional in 2003, marking the first time the school had accomplished the feat. Additionally, he was selected as the 2004 NCAA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Spartans become the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference Champions.
In 2001, Rivera served as an assistant at Sacramento State University where he helped the squad claim the Western Independent Conference championship.
Prior a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Texas Woman’s University from 1999-2000 in which he helped the program win the 2000 USAG National Collegiate team title, he worked as an assistant coach at Michigan State from 1994-99. While with the Spartans, he was honored as the NCAA Central Region Coach of the Year once (1995-96) and helped the program achieve multiple top-20 national rankings.
Chosen as the 1992 Big West Conference Head Coach of the Year, Rivera directed the women’s gymnastics program at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1990-94. During his tenure with UCSB, the team won numerous national and regional accomplishments.
Rivera began his coaching career at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he served as the women’s gymnastics head coach from 1983-90.
Rivera graduated from California State University, Chico, with a bachelor of arts degree in physical education in 1982.