George Rivers is in his fifth season as the assistant coach of the Trinity Tigers men’s tennis team after his appointment in December 2015.
Coach Rivers received a high honor from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) in 2019. He was selected as ITA NCAA Division III Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year. Earlier, Coach Rivers was tabbed as the ITA West Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Coach Rivers earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Indiana University in May 2016. He was a letterwinner on the Hoosiers men’s tennis team from 2013-2015. Indiana completed the 2014-15 campaign with a No. 46 ranking in the NCAA Division I competition.
A strong doubles player, Coach Rivers won his flight at the 2013 Navy All-Conference Tournament, held at Annapolis, Maryland. He and his partner defeated teams from Navy and nationally ranked squads Princeton University and the University of Arkansas. In 2014, Coach Rivers advanced to the round of 16 singles at the 128-draw Purdue University Summer Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tournament. The versatile Coach Rivers also reached the doubles semifinals of the event.
Prior to attending Indiana, Coach Rivers competed at Tyler (TX) Junior College. He helped lead Tyler to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship in 2013. Coach Rivers captured the NJCAA Doubles Championship in 2013 and also was a Singles finalist, garnering All-America honors. He earned an associate’s degree in psychology from Tyler JC and received the Raymond E. Bostick Legacy Scholar Award, presented to students who excel in athletics and leadership.
A native of Tomball, Texas, Coach Rivers was a state quarterfinalist for Tomball High School, at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 5A Championship. He played No. 1 singles and doubles for the Cougars for four years and was named the Most Valuable Player. Coach Rivers also won over 15 USTA tournament titles in singles and doubles. The talented Coach Rivers won his first professional-level match at the Mansfield (TX) International Tennis Federation Futures Tournament, at the age of 17. TennisRecruiting.net ranked Coach Rivers as No. 26 in Texas and 28th in the Gulf States.
Coach Rivers’ teaching experience includes serving as an instructor at the Giammalva Elite Tennis Academy in Houston and at the Apache Tennis Camp, held at Tyler JC.