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 José Rivera - Head Volleyball Coach
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José Rivera Beginning his second season this year, José Rivera is no stranger to St. Johns River State College. He came from conference rival Florida State College at Jacksonville, where he had served as an assistant coach since 2003 and head volleyball coach since 2013. In his first season at FSCJ, Rivera led his team to a 26-9 record and was 6-2 in conference play. During his tenure, Rivera posted a record of 55-56 for FSCJ.

A native of Puerto Rico, Rivera was introduced to coaching while at his alma mater, Livingston University, where he served as an assistant volleyball coach and interim head coach in the early 1990s. From there, Rivera joined Mississippi State University, where he remained as an assistant coach until 1997 when he became the head volleyball coach at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Rivera posted a record of 70-71 at Jacksonville State. During this time, he also founded and directed the Cheaha Juniors Volleyball Club. In 2001, Rivera relocated to Sarasota, Florida, where he coached for the White Sands Volleyball Club and the 2002 Florida Region High Performance Youth Team.

Rivera arrived in Jacksonville, Florida in 2003, where he taught physical education for Duval County Public Schools and began coaching at FSCJ. Rivera has also coached for the Jacksonville Junior Volleyball Association and is a member of the regional teaching cadre for the USA Volleyball organization (USAV), the national governing body for the sport of volleyball in the United States.

Rivera holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and athletic training and a master’s degree in education from Livingston University. He and his wife, Leanna, live in St. Augustine.

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