first_imgFrom player to coach, those who have seen Rivera in both roles know what he can bring to the locker room. “He just wants to see you succeed and when you get a guy like that it’s truly amazing,” said senior infielder Richie Garcia. Garcia was just a freshman the last time Rivera swung a bat in the Green and Blue. And while Rivera said that he has yet to pick up a bat in his return to the coaching staff, Tollet knows his former slugger can help in so many other ways. “He brings so much value down to the locker room,” said Tollet. “He has fit in so well and the kids just go talk to him.”Rivera and the Eagles begin their new season next Friday with a road game against USF. It will be the program’s first in 11 months after the pandemic shut down the 2020 season.  RELATEDTOPICS FGCU experiences large scale power outage on campus May 28, 2021 NCAA recruiting dead period expires June 7, 2021 FGCU digs up answers on Tulsa Massacre that killed hundreds in black community June 4, 2021 AdvertisementAfter graduating in 2017 with 10 program records that still stand today, Rivera spent 2018 as the FGCU Director of Baseball Operations before hanging up his ball cap for good, he thought. As it turns out, the itch to coach was too great for Rivera to resist any longer, but there was only one school he wanted to coach at, his alma mater.“This is where I want to be twenty years from now,” said Rivera. “My goal is to one day be the head coach of this head coach of this program.”center_img AdvertisementTags: baseballFGCU FORT MYERS, Fla. — After two years away from the game of baseball, former FGCU first baseman, Nick Rivera decided it was time to make his comeback. “I missed it. And ultimately that is the love of my life,” said Rivera. With that in mind, Rivera wanted to resume his coaching career and his first call was to his former skipper, current FGCU head coach Dave Tollet.“He called and that was an easy ‘yes’ for me,” said Tollet.  FGCU invites 2020 graduates back for in-person Grad Walk May 29, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img