Mike Rivas is in his second season as Volunteer Coach with the University of Florida soccer team, where he will help with team scouting and coordinating of team practices.
Rivas has more than 11 years of club and professional coaching experience to the Florida soccer program. He made the switch to Florida after two years with the FC Bozeman Soccer Club in Bozeman, Mont., where he served as head coach for the U-17 women's team. It was also during this time that he served as the technical director for youth soccer for ages 11-18 which included assisting athletes with college placement. In Gainesville, Rivas serves as the Gainesville Soccer Alliance (GSA) Director of Coaching.
Rivas began his coaching career in 1994, as president and head coach of the Aurora Soccer Club in Aurora, Colo., a premier level women's competitive division. He then made the switch in 1999 to operations manager and club coach for Real Colorado of Highlands Ranch, Colo., where he stayed until 2003. During this time, Rivas served as the head coach for two women's premier level teams while at the same time assisting with the development and training of several other teams. In addition to head coach of Real Colorado, Rivas took on another coaching position during the 2000 season with the Colorado Gold, a W-league team, as assistant coach.
Along with his extensive coaching experience, Rivas also brings with him seven years of playing experience on the collegiate and professional level. From 1985-1988, Rivas was a member of Liberty University's NCAA Division I men's soccer program. Professionally, he played two seasons (1991-93) with the San Jose Oaks, a professional development men's soccer team, and the Charlotte Eagles (1994-96), a professional men's soccer team. While with the Charlotte Eagles, he helped the team capture the D3 Pro League title twice and record the second best season record of 14-6 in the program's history.
Rivas received his bachelor's degree in Health Education from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., in 1990. He received his master's in Public Health from University of Northern Colorado in 1999.