June 21, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS -- Northwestern volunteer assistant coach Amanda Rivera has been named the head softball coach at IUPUI, the school announced Wednesday (June 20). She will begin her tenure July 1.
"I am excited about the opportunity to come to IUPUI and work with a great group of student-athletes and help the softball program grow," Rivera said in an IUPUI release. "I want to thank (athletic director) Mike Moore and the committee for giving me this opportunity. I love the Indianapolis area and can't wait for the opportunity to restore the IUPUI softball tradition."
Rivera spent three seasons as the Wildcats' volunteer assistant coach, beginning with a two-year stint from 2006-07. She helped NU to back-to-back Women's College World Series semifinals in those seasons, earning NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2006. While her ability to mentor hitters contributed to All-America honors for Garland Cooper and Tammy Williams as well as team single-season records for runs, hits, home runs and RBIs in 2007, "Rivie's" leadership and presence in the dugout were instrumental in NU's WCWS runs.
"It is no coincidence that we made it to Oklahoma City when she was on our staff before," Northwestern head coach Kate Drohan
said prior to Rivera's return to Evanston in 2012.
Rivera came back following assistant gigs at N.C. State and Indiana, helping Northwestern return to the NCAA Tournament after a two-year layoff. At the Austin Regional, NU put in one of its patented postseason performances in a 2-0 road victory over No. 6 seed Texas before bowing out in the Regional championship round. During Rivera's time in Evanston, NU compiled a 17-7 record in the NCAA Tournament.
Rivera helped coach All-American Adrienne Monka to a strong senior season in 2012, capping an incredible career that saw her graduate with a .354 average, 55 home runs and 198 RBIs. She also aided sophomore Marisa Bast with a breakout campaign in which she earned All-America honors while batting .411 with 13 home runs and 68 RBIs.
"Amanda Rivera has been instrumental in the success of every aspect of our program," Drohan said. "She is a teacher, a mentor, a leader and an excellent student of the game. Amanda has become part of our family, and although we will miss her dearly, we are excited to see the inspiring work she will do at IUPUI."
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