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Erica Rivers, a Brockton native, has taken over as athletic director at Massasoit Community College in her hometown. She will supervise nine staff and coaches and oversee teams with more than 100 student-athletes representing the Warriors in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Rivers arrived at Massasoit in July with 15 years of leadership experience in collegiate athletics, higher education and nonprofits. She was director of athletics and student life at Roxbury Community College from 2014 to 2018 and the Region 21 women’s assistant regional director under the former Massasoit athletics director, Julie Mulvey.

“We are excited to welcome Erica, a seasoned and experienced leader, to our Warrior athletics team,” said Ray DiPasquale, president of Massasoit Community College. “Our athletics program is a vital part of the Massasoit community, an important part of the student experience, and is critical for student recruitment and retention.”

Beyond her athletics experience, Rivers was most recently the senior director of operations and human resources for Tenacity, a citywide Boston youth development organization focused on closing the achievement and opportunity gaps for underserved Boston youth.

Rivers is a graduate of Brockton High School and Springfield College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management. She later earned a master’s degree in management from Cambridge College. She played basketball at the high school level and was a shot putter on the track & field team on the collegiate level. “I am honored to be joining Massasoit’s storied and championship-winning athletics program,” said Rivers. “We plan to make every effort to promote diversity, equity and inclusion as well as collaborate with Massasoit’s students, faculty, coaches, school administrators and the community to build upon on the success and integrity of the Athletics Department.”

For the 2023-2024 academic year, Massasoit will field five teams. The volleyball, baseball, and men’s and women’s basketball teams compete in the NJCAA Division III Region 21. The men’s soccer team competes in the NJCAA Division II Region 21.