With nearly three decades worth of coaching experience with multiple
collegiate programs, Tim Rivera enters his third season as an assistant coach
at William and Mary.
While Rivera is instrumental in all aspects of the program, he works
primarily with bars and vault while also serving as the recruiting coordinator.
Honored as the 2012 ECAC Assistant Coach of the Year, Rivera was instrumental
in W&M's success last season and helped Jessica Pritchard and Kristin
Milardo place 10th and 12th, respectively, in all-around at the NCAA
Fayetteville Regional. Additionally, he helped both gymnasts earn USAG
Collegiate All-America honors (Milardo - vault, bars; Pritchard - bars) and
All-ECAC distinction (Milardo - vault; Pritchard - bars).
During his first season with the Tribe, Rivera helped a pair of W&M
standouts earn all-conference honors on bars as Melissa Cream placed third and Pritchard
tied for fifth.
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
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
Rivera began his coaching career at California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo, where he served as the women's gymnastics head coach from
Rivera graduated from California State University, Chico, with a bachelor of
arts degree in physical education in 1982.