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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Roni Rivera Retires


Breaking...

Iona softball head coach Roni Rivera has retired.

After two very successful seasons, in which she led the Gaels to a pair of MAAC Championships, Roni Rivera, according to a source, is retiring from softball coaching to pursue other opportunities. Rivera was hired by Iona College after previous head coach Jaime Wohlbach abruptly left for Delaware in the summer of 2010. Stepping into a difficult situation, she did a splendid job keeping the team intact, and in championship form.

Iona College is currently conducting a national search for her replacement.

38 comments:

Jesse said...

Wow...Al joins Canisius and Roni retires. This will be one interesting MAAC season coming up.

Anonymous said...

i bet that she is headed to setonhall to take over that program she will be reunited with the AD that hired her at iona and is now the AD at setonhall

Anonymous said...

Maybe she'll go to Niagara.

WNY Softball said...

As I wrote in the post, I'm told that she is retiring from softball altogether.

Anonymous said...

Very possible she could be headed to Seton Hall even though it says otherwise. Let's face it, she was handed a gold mine with those 6 seniors and two outstanding pitchers. They graduated and she left,,,is anyone really surprised? Not me.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Losing those pitchers and she did no recruiting cause she didn't take the recruiting test this year would make anyone retire.

WNY Softball said...

But remember, Iona has pitcher Jordan Courage coming aboard this fall, and "Gnarly" Carly Argyle will be a sophomore.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter who they have coming in, getting Jackson and Maise was a one time shot for that school. It will be next to impossible to replace that duo. My guess is they end up last or close to it next season.

Anonymous said...

She is headed to Seton Hall and the Big East, I will bet the house on it. We will soon find out if she can coach and recruit at Seton Hall, the big east has 4 to 5 teams in the top 30 in the country. She inherited a real nice team from the previous coach before she left for U. of Deleware.

Anonymous said...

Remember Iona's three championships were with Jaime Wohlbach's recruits. M

Anonymous said...

To be honest with you...it really doesn't matter whose recruits they are...its a coach's job to get the team to play together through different coaching styles...etc...and Rivera did that. The team and the coach worked well together though the ups and downs.

Anonymous said...

Not really. That team had so many distractions due to the dislike between the players and Roni. It was not a love affair by any means. They won for themselves and not for her. It could not have been a more volatile relationship. There were times when it almost came to blows.

WNY Softball said...

So, are you saying she got fired?

Anonymous said...

yes, that statement by Eugene Marshall is a nice way of saying they showed her the door

Anonymous said...

Well the fact of the matter is that the next coach will inherit Rivera's recruits from this past year and the 5 coming in. So if they have success, I guess the future head coach will not credited with the success because they were not "her" recruits. Come on, its a vicious cycle that happens in all NCAA sports. Unfortunately, coaches come and go and its the players who have to adjust to the new coach and vice versa. Let's please move beyond this and look forward to a great season of softball for next year all around in the MAAC!!

Anonymous said...

I don't have any ideal what went on between coach Rivera and her players but would like to know what the issues where. Anytime a coach is shown the door its always the same company line, they say that the want to spend more time with the family and explore other options. It makes the school look good and the coach can save some some face. They give them a little cash to keep there mouth shut and don't talk trash about the school or the program. She will find another job somewhere and will resume her coaching duties elsewhere. Like I said before she is headed to Seton Hall. The announcement will come shortly. What where the issues at Iona and her players???

WNY Softball said...

Mike Rappl, Tricia Carroll, Julie Brzezinski and until this year, Al Dirschberger have all been long time coaches in the MAAC. So coaches don't necessarily "come and go" in the MAAC.

I would like to see Iona give Jen Silata a chance.

Anonymous said...

As I said, its over and done with. Yes some coaches have long tenures as coaches and I for one applaud that. But given the times and "the way of the world" today, people move one. End of story. Who is Jen Silata? If she has the resume and can continue the success of her predecessors ...I say hire her!!!

WNY Softball said...

Jen Silata is a former MAAC Player Of The Year, and a Canisius hall of famer. She also has been a great high school coach, and actually was hired by Jaimie Wohlbach at Iona as an assistant, but had to leave because the pay wasn't enough.

Anonymous said...

Please don't bash Coach Rivera. She did her job by getting the team back to the NCAA Regionals. I highly doubt she was fired given her successful season. Yes, she did inherit a good team with two amazing pitchers, and the expectations for her were high, but the bottom line is IONA did win their 3rd MAAC Championship and she was apart of that.

Anonymous said...

no one is bashing coach Rivera, we just want to know what the issues where with her and her players!!!

Anonymous said...

As everyone knows the funny thing about the truth is that it lie somewhere in the middle...isn't that the saying. Players see it one way, the coach sees it another way, and of course parents see it how they see it. Teams have issues. Get over it and move on. This is getting old.

Anonymous said...

To be frank, inheriting Iona with that lineup and doing anything less than winning the MAAC 2x would have been a failure.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see the current IONA assistant coach take over the team.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the previous post. She does know the team and all the talent of the returning players. I think the team would benefit having a familiar face and someone they trust.

Anonymous said...

Personally I think that's a bad choice. She is a kid herself who just graduated a year ago. You would basically have a kid coaching kids. Also, just because you were a big collegiate softball player doesn't make you a good head good, especially with zero experience.

Anonymous said...

Jen Lapicki would be a great candidate for head coach. For anyone who saw the Gaels play this year would see how much she impacted the team. Experience isn't everything if you have the leadership skills and teaching skills that she exhibited this past year.

WNY Softball said...

But what about recruiting skills?

Anonymous said...

Recruiting would be a difficult task yes, especially since Roni left any of the new coaches behind when she didn't retake the recruiting test. But Lapicki's knowledge of the game and upbeat personality are attributes that any player would ask for. Her recruiting skills would quickly arise from that alone. And any alumni that played at Tennessee has to have experience in the recruiting area.

Anonymous said...

Am I wrong but from reading earlier posts on this website...didn't coach Rivera bring in 5 recruits for next year? How would she be able to do that if she didn't successfully pass the required NCAA recruiting test? Wouldn't it be an NCAA violation of some sort? Unless the person who keeps saying she didn't take the test knows something everyone else doesn't....would love to know an answer....

WNY Softball said...

She recruited those players last year. Recruiting is now underway for the 2014 season, and it's very competitive. The new coach will be way behind.

Anonymous said...

The new coach would still have time for the kids coming in for 2013. This weekend starts the big summer showcases like Pennsbury and they run through August plus you have fall showcases in FL. Iona still has time but would have to make a choice soon. If they wait, the new coach will be way behind for incoming 2013 players. Lapicki has no experience in this field so would not be a good choice in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

The coach should never have been allowed a second season. I watched two seasons of her coaching. She should not coach rec league, much less a division 1 school. The girls won in spite of her. If you weren't theree to witness her lack of coaching skills, you have no right to comment. The girls won the two championships NOT the coach. They won in spite of her.

Anonymous said...

Really we have gone back to this? I guess bashing the previous coach is the new "it" thing. She obviously had success prior to Iona in her coaching career so I think its time to move on from this played out story!!

WNY Softball said...

I agree, so I am now closing comments on this post.

Anonymous said...

Rivera not going to Seton Hall. They made their announcement today. Someone named Smith.

Anonymous said...

fyi.. new coach announced today
http://www.icgaels.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=14900&SPID=7102&SPSID=64340

Anonymous said...

http://www.icgaels.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=14900&SPID=7102&SPSID=64340

new iona coach today