|College:||Central Florida '08|
Arturo Rivera completed his first season in 2013 as a member of head coach Jen Weiss' coaching staff.
With Rivera on the sidelines, Harvard posted a 14-9 overall record and went 9-5 against the Ivy League, good for second place in the conference standings. The Crimson's 14 total wins and nine conference victories marked the most for the program since 2004, while its 9-2 record at home was a program best. Four members of the Crimson were recognized with all-conference selections, including Corinne Bain who was both a unanimous pick as the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year and a unanimous selection to the first team. Sophomore Kathleen Wallace and freshman Grace Weghorst joined Bain on the squad, while junior Caroline 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.