Joey Rivera | Head Coach | Wrestling | East Stroudsburg University

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

Hard working, both athletically and academically. Coachable and self motivated.

Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

Just this year I had a junior achieve All-American honors (6th in the country) for the first time. Last year as a sophomore he was top 12 in the country. He was not a top tier wrestler in high school. His best finish was 6th in the state of NY as a junior in high school. He is by far the hardest working, most positive thinking athlete I have ever coached. He buys into the philosophies I have as a coach and lives his life the right way in order to achieve his goals. On top of that, he is also a two time Academic All-American carrying a cumulative 3.505 GPA. He is the epitome of a team player and leads by example as well as through his words. He is well spoken and represents our program perfectly. To sum it up in one phrase, he is a coach’s dream.