With three decades worth of coaching experience with multiple collegiate programs, Tim Rivera enters his fifth 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.
Rivera helped the Tribe post one of the most successful seasons in school history last year, as W&M claimed the program’s fifth Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference title. En route to being selected as the ECAC Assistant Coach of the Year for the second time in the last three seasons, he helped five Tribe standouts combine to win nine all-conference accolades. Highlighting those honored was ECAC Gymnast of the Year Brittany Stover, who won the conference vault title and placed ninth in all-around at NCAA Regionals. Stover also broke the school records in all-around (39.175) and vault (9.925) under Rivera’s tutelage in 2014, while the team established a school record on vault (49.025) at George Washington.
Tribe gymnasts also excelled under Rivera’s watch in 2013, as Jessica Pritchard and Brittany Stover competed at NCAA Regionals in all-around. Additionally, Pritchard was honored as the ECAC Co-Gymnast of the Year while Stover garnered ECAC Rookie of the Year distinction.
Honored as the 2012 ECAC Assistant Coach of the Year, Rivera was instrumental in W&M's success during his second season at the College and helped 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 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.