Assistant Coach


Head coach Garrett Valis announced the hiring of assistant coach and SHSU alumna Tori Rivera on Monday, August 6.

As an assistant coach, Rivera will assist as a hitting coach, instruct the Bearkat outfield and coordinate team travel.

Formerly Tori Benavidez, Rivera coached alongside previous head coach Bob Brock and Valis from 2014 to 2015. She was responsible for conducting outfield workouts and assisting left-handed hitters and slappers.

Rivera returns to SHSU after serving as the head softball coach and physical education instructor at North Zulch High School, where she led the Bulldogs to a playoff run.

In addition to her duties at North Zulch High School, Rivera coached the Texas Travelers travel ball club. She also served as a baseball instructor and RBI softball coach for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and helped with instruction in the beginning stages of the Urban Youth Academy.

Rivera completed her career as a Bearkat outfielder as Sam Houston’s second all-time leading hitter with a four-year .358 batting average.

The standout started in centerfield from 2010 to 2013 and was named the Southland Conference Softball Student-Athlete of the Year following her senior season.

Rivera also earned 2013 Southland Conference Player of the Year and Hitter of the Year honors after leading the league in runs scored (51), total hits (52), total bases (117) and stolen bases (22) while taking second in batting average (.406) and at-bats (202).

The first-team all-conference selection earned all-tournament laurels after leading the Bearkats to the championship game of the 2013 Southland tournament and was named to the NCAA Central All-Region Team.

A native of Midlothian, Texas, Rivera graduated cum laude with a 3.50 GPA in general business and was the first softball student-athlete of the year from SHSU. Rivera married her husband, Stevyn, in 2015 and the two welcomed their daughter, Spencer, in 2018.

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