Mike Rivas Leaves Soccer Assistant Coaching Post At Butler

Butler men’s soccer assistant coach Mike Rivas has resigned his position at Butler University to become head soccer coach at Monte Vista Christian High School in Watsonville, Calif.  Rivas served on the staff of Butler head coach Kelly Findley for three seasons.

“I would like to thank Mike (Rivas) and his family for their effort, time and level of commitment to the Butler men’s soccer program,” said Findley, who brought Rivas to Indianapolis from Florida.  “Coach Rivas’ experience, insight, knowledge and great character were an integral part of our program and played a vital role in our success over the past three seasons.  He will be missed, but I am also excited for him and his family as they move on to a new opportunity.”

Rivas, who came to Butler after spending two seasons as the Director of Coaching for the Gainsville Soccer Alliance in Gainsville, Fla., served as the primary fitness trainer for the Bulldogs, while assisting in other areas of team development.  During his three seasons with the Bulldogs, Butler compiled a 29-21-10 record, capped by last season’s 13-3-4 mark and runner-up finish in the Horizon League.  The Bulldogs increased their win total in each of his three seasons with the squad.

In addition to his duties as head coach at Monte Vista Christian, Rivas also will teach physics and biology.  He also will work with youth soccer programs in the U.S. Development Academy in the Santa Cruz area.