Raul Rivera joins the baseball staff ahead of the 2016 season.
Raul Rivera was born in Brooklyn, NY. He began his college baseball career at Kansas City Community College under Hall of Fame Coach Steve Burleson. Raul went on to play for Bellevue University a NAIA power house program which consistently ranks in the Top 10 collegiate baseball programs. While Raul was pitching at Bellevue University, Bellevue won the National Championship in 1995 and was the runner up in 1997. He was named First Team in the NAIA College World Series.
Raul also played for the Detroit Tigers and was invited to the instructional league his first year as a top prospect for the Tigers. After suffering an arm injury, he continued his professional baseball career at several Independent Minor League organizations for more than 7 years.
For the past 10 years, Raul has been a Physical Education Teacher at an inner-city NYC school where he runs an after school baseball program. Raul won a Community Award from Congressman Ed Towns due to his devotion to helping inner-city children develop baseball skills to allow them to play for top high school programs.
During his time as an educator, he coached at NYIT a Division 1 program and at several Division III baseball programs including Globe Tech and St. Joseph’s University and various youth baseball organizations in Manhattan.
For the past two summers, Raul was a pitching coach for the FCBL at the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs where he contributed in improving their ERA and overall success. The FCBL is a competitive Summer League that recruits the top Division I collegiate players from across the country to hone their skills and compete with other elite collegiate players over the summer. In 2015 his pitching staff earned 14 Pitchers Of The Week and Raul plans to return for the 2016 season.
Raul is thrilled to join the coaching staff as the pitching coach at Mercy College. He resides in Bronx, New York with his wife Nancy.