17 Hickory - Head Coach


Coach Fun Facts

  • Enjoys woodworking in his free-time
  • Favorite holiday is Thanksgiving
  • Drove 12 hours through the night to play in a tournament
  • Favorite TV shows is House
  • Has two dogs – Bonnie and Chunka

Coach Bio

In 2019-2020, Gabe served as the head coach for 15 HCI Black and the head coach for 12 HCI White. Previously (2018-2019), he was the head coach for 16 Under Armour. For the 2017-2018 Gabe served as the head coach for 16 HCI Under Armour and head coach for 15 HCI Black. 16 HCI UA had 5 top 10 finishes including a 1st place finish at Eclipse #1 and 2nd place finish at Eclipse #3. 15 HCI Black had 5 top 10 finishes on the season. The previous season (2016-2017), Rivera served as the head coach of 15 HCI Black, assistant coach for 17 Under Armour, and assistant coach for 14 HCI Grey. Gabe’s team last season, 15 HCI Black had a 5th finish in Mistletoe Madness, 5th place finish in the Tour of Texas Warm Up, 1st place finish in Central Texas Power League #2, 5th place finish in ATX Showcase, and a 3rd place finish in Central Texas Power League #3 (16s division). Rivera’s team, 17 Under Armour, competed hard in the gold brackets of the Nike Mideast National Qualifier (USA division), Lone Star Classic National Qualifier (USA division), and Lone Star Regionals (Bid division). 17 Under Armour finished out their season with a top 25 finish at AAU Junior Nationals (Premier division).

Rivera came to Roots Volleyball with 4 years of collegiate coaching experience. He assisted on both the men and women’s volleyball teams at Baruch College (DIII) in New York City, New York. His teams won a collective 4 conference titles and advanced as far as the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Championship. Among Rivera’s former athletes are two All-Americans and a libero currently playing professional volleyball in Japan.

As an outside hitter/opposite, Rivera was a 3-year starter at Baruch College. His team reached the Division III Final Four in 2013. While at Baruch College he captured 3 conference titles, Regional and Conference All-Tournament Team awards, and was named team captain his senior year. He was coached by and worked closely with professional players from Puerto Rico, South America, France, Italy, and Russia. Rivera was a freshman redshirt for Mercy Hurst College (DII). Born and raised in New York, Rivera played 3 years of club with Long Island Volleyball Club (LIVBC). He is actively playing and continues to participate in USAV tournaments and the annual USAV Men’s National Championship.

Gabe served two seasons as the Director of Volleyball at Hill Country Indoor (HCI). He also provides private lesson training, which continues to strengthen our overall program. This is Gabe’s 4th season coaching with the Roots Volleyball family.