OMAHA, Neb. – Omaha Vice Chancellor for Athletics Trev Alberts announced Thursday the hiring of Amanda Rivera-Eberhart as the new head coach of the Omaha softball program.
“We had tremendous interest in our softball head coaching position, and Amanda emerged as the leading candidate for several reasons,” said Alberts. “She had previous head coaching experience in the Summit League, taking a team that had not had much previous success and building it into a conference champion.
“We also were impressed with her Power Five experience at Purdue, Northwestern and Indiana. Additionally, we got great feedback about her focus on total student success driven by her ability to successfully connect with her players.
“We are excited to have her here in Omaha, and we think she can guide our softball program to a leadership position in the Summit League.”
Rivera-Eberhart joins the Mavericks after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Purdue where she coached two All-Big Ten and two all-region selections and helped the Boilermakers to a pair of Big Ten conference tournament appearances.
“I would like to thank Trev Alberts and the hiring committee for the opportunity to bring my family to the great city of Omaha and be the leader of the Omaha softball program,” said Rivera-Eberhart. “They have a rich tradition, and I’m excited to continue that momentum. I look forward to providing our student-athletes with a positive academic and athletic experience they will cherish for the rest of their lives.”
Before joining the Purdue staff, Rivera-Eberhart spent four seasons as the head coach at IUPUI, leading the Jaguars to a 95-108 record and the Summit League Tournament championship game in 2016. Under her guidance, Jaguar players earned three NFCA All-Region honors, 12 All-Summit League nods, 10 Summit League Player of the Week awards and eight Summit League All-Tournament accolades. Her student-athletes also garnered six Academic All-Summit League selections. The 2015 team set a school record with 58 home runs, including three players with 10 or more homers, while ranking among the nation’s top 50 in home runs per game (36th, 1.12), stolen bases (38th, 1.47) and doubles (44th, 1.49).
Prior to serving as the head coach at IUPUI, Rivera-Eberhart was an assistant coach at Indiana and NC State and a volunteer assistant at both Northwestern (twice) and Illinois-Chicago.
Rivera-Eberhart graduated from Illinois-Chicago in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in movement science. As a four-year letter winner at UIC, she earned third-team All-America, first-team All-Great Lakes Region, Horizon League Player of the Year and Horizon League Tournament MVP honors. She set the UIC career record for home runs (52) and hit by pitch (35) while ranking second in RBI (193) and walks (125).
Rivera-Eberhart was a four-time all-region honoree (2001-04) as a designated player and a four-time All-Horizon League honoree, earning first-team accolades in 2001, 2002 and 2004 and second-team honors in 2003.