Arturo Rivera completed his third season as a member of head coach Jen Weiss' coaching staff in 2015.
With Rivera on the sidelines, Harvard earned a share of its second-straight Ivy League championship this past season and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history after defeating Princeton in the Ivy League Playoff, 3-1. The Crimson traveled to fourth-seeded Nebraska for its inaugural appearance in the NCAA tournament, and defeated the Huskers in the first set on their home floor before eventually falling, 3-1.
The Crimson finished 2015 with a 15-11 overall record and 10-4 mark against the Ivy League. Harvard was rewarded with several individual accolades following the season, highlighted by Corinne Bain (first team) and Christina Cornelius (honorable mention) who were chosen to the AVCA All-East Region teams. The duo was also named to the All-Ivy League first team along with teammate Kathleen Wallace, with Caroline Holte (second team) and Sindhu Vegesena (honorable mention) picking up all-conference honors as well. In addition, Cornelius became the seventh member of the Crimson to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Harvard also shared the Ivy League championship in 2014 with a 19-5 overall record and 12-2 mark against the Ancient Eight. The team set program records with its .792 win percentage and 12 Ivy victories, while its 19 overall wins stand as the fourth most in program history. Five individuals earned selection to the All-Ivy League teams, including Corinne Bain (first team), Caroline Walters (first team), Caroline Holte (second team), Sindhu Vegesena (honorable mention) and Grace Weghorst (honorable mention).
Harvard posted a 14-9 record and went 9-5 against the Ivy League in 2013, good for second place in the conference standings. Four members of the Crimson were recognized with all-conference selections, including Bain who was both a unanimous pick as the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year and a unanimous selection to the first team. Kathleen Wallace and Weghorst joined Bain on the squad, while Walters was named second team.
Prior to Harvard, Rivera spent the 2012-13 academic year as a volunteer assistant at North Carolina where he helped the Tar Heels to a 26-6 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament second round. Under the guidance of head coach Joe Sagula, UNC earned a pair of All-America honorable mention selections in Emily McGee and Paige Neuenfeldt while McGee and Chaniel Nelson were named to the All-ACC Team. Rivera was responsible for video breakdown and coding with the Tar Heels and also assisted with scouting and on the court coaching of the team’s liberos and middles.
Rivera has also spent time working at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Central Florida where he assisted with on court coaching, scouting, recruiting and video work. He began his collegiate coaching career as an undergraduate at UCF assisting with the varsity program while also serving as the head beach coach.
Rivera was the head coach of Triade-VCT in 2009-10, a professional team playing in Tilburg, Netherlands. With Triade he was responsible for game planning, scouting, player development, practice plans and team travel.
Rivera is no stranger to competition himself, having played more than 12 years at the international, collegiate and club levels. He most recently helped STV Tilburg to the B-League championship in the Netherlands following a first-place performance at the 2009 USA Open Volleyball Championships. Rivera has also trained in Puerto Rico with Ponce Leones of the Superior League, helped the UCF men’s club team to a third-place finish at the 2008 NIRSA Nationals and was a member of the Ball State University varsity program as a freshman in 2004-05.
Rivera began his collegiate career at Ball State before transferring to Central Florida for his sophomore year. He graduated from UCF in 2008 with an interdisciplinary degree in health and education, and a minor in Spanish.