Amanda Rivera To Be Inducted To UIC Hall Of Fame|
Dec. 14, 2012
CHICAGO – Former UIC softball player Amanda Rivera is set to be one of six former student-athletes and coaches named to the Flames Hall of Fame Feb. 1. She is the 26th softball player inducted since the UIC Hall of Fame began inducting members in 1990.
“I came in to a great situation at UIC because the seniors did a really good job of taking the freshman and showing us what the program is about,” Rivera said. “They showed us the traditions and how to take pride in what you’re a part of.”
Rivera played for UIC from 2000-04, and left a major impact on the Horizon League record books. Rivera led the Horizon League with 58 RBIs her senior year and a .500 on-base percentage. Rivera is first with 52 career homeruns and second all-time at UIC in both career RBI’s (193) and bases on balls (125).
During her senior year at UIC, Rivera was named to the NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-American Third Team, NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team, Horizon League Player of the Year, all-Horizon League First Team honoree, Horizon League Tournament MVP and Batting Champion and all-Tournament Team recipient.
She was named Horizon League Player of the Week twice, and set the UIC and Horizon League single-season homerun record with 20. Batting a career-high of .371, Rivera finished her senior season with 66 hits and 13 doubles, and posted a .750 batting average and a .926 on-base percentage in leading UIC to the Horizon League Tournament title.
Rivera ranked in the top five nationally in RBIs during her 2002 sophomore season, and was selected as the Horizon League Tournament MVP after setting a Horizon League Tournament record with three homeruns during the three-day event. “Being a part of the UIC softball team laid the foundation for me because the bar was set high from the beginning,” Rivera said. “It helped me not only as a player, but also now in coaching.”
Rivera was recently named the head coach of the IUPUI softball program, after being a volunteer assistant at Northwestern during the 2006-07 and 2012 seasons and the first assistant at Indiana University from 2008-11.
With Northwestern, Rivera was named the National Coaching Staff of the Year in 2006 after helping lead the team to a Big Ten Championship and a National runner-up finish. The Wildcats had a 102-28 record with Rivera, and set single-season records with 85 homeruns, 350 runs scored and 326 RBIs in 2007.
At Indiana, Rivera served as the recruiting coordinator in addition to her on-field coaching and player development responsibilities. During the 2011 season, the Hoosiers held a 37-18 overall mark and 17-3 Big Ten record as Indiana made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.