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Mark Rivera
Mark  Rivera

Hometown:
Turlock, Calif.

Position:
Assistant Director of Communications

Alma Mater:
Stanislaus State

Graduating Year:
2009

Mark Rivera joined the Saint Mary's College athletics staff in September, 2015 as Assistant Director of Communications.

The Turlock, Calif. native is responsible for assisting all aspects in the Communications department including the department's communications unit and media and public relations strategies. He also assists with the development of the school's official athletic website, social media and video initiatives and serves as the department's primary media relations contact for baseball, volleyball, sand volleyball, women's tennis, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's track and field.

Rivera served as the Sports Information Director at NCAA Division II member Academy of Art University in San Francisco during the 2014-15 year. There he handled sports information responsibilities for ART U men's and women's soccer in the fall, men's basketball in the winter, and the collection of baseball, men's and women's golf, as well as women's tennis in the spring.

Rivera covered Academy of Art in the NCAA postseason with women's golf and tennis reaching Regionals and one golfer competing at the NCAA Division II Women's National Championship.

The equivalent of a five-tool talent in baseball, Rivera excelled with the written word, video production, and, on gamedays, he could be found wearing a variety of hats serving as the public address announcer, updating social media, statistical input, and operating of the scoreboard as well as music - sometimes all simultaneously. Exemplifying his contribution to exponential growth as it relates to ART U's video content this past season, Rivera helped the sports information department create more than 145 videos with over 17,000 views on Academy of Art University athletics' YouTube channel.

Prior to joining the Urban Knights, Rivera was a Media Relations Assistant at Alaska Fairbanks for the 2013-14 season. While working for the Nanooks, Rivera served as the primary sports information contact for volleyball, men's and women's basketball, and women's swimming. In addition to extensive written content, he created video highlights, managed live streaming, coordinated coverage with local and regional media, and assisted in efforts surrounding volleyball, hockey, and basketball tournaments UAF hosted.

Prior to Alaska, Rivera could be found working for the Modesto Bee, a daily newspaper serving the California Central Valley, where he contributed to the sport section's layout and design in addition to editing. In 2011-12, Rivera was the main contact for baseball, women's soccer, and women's swimming & diving at NCAA Division I San Jose State. The year prior, he was part of the gameday sports information staff at Harvard whose 42 varsity sports make it the largest athletics department in the country. Rivera covered men's and women's water polo, fencing, and men's tennis for the Crimson.

Rivera attended the University of Washington as a member of the 2011 Cohort for a Masters of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership. Before arriving in Seattle, Rivera spent two years as a student assistant in the sports information department at Cal State Stanislaus, where he earned his BA in Communication Studies. As a Warrior, he was also a four-year varsity athlete in cross country and track & field.

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