Ted Riverso is in his eighth season as an assistant coach on Pam Borton's Golden Gopher staff. Riverso is well known throughout basketball circles, especially in the state of Minnesota, where Riverso spent 15 very successful years as the head coach at the University of St. Thomas. Riverso assists with player development and maintains an active role in recruiting and scouting efforts.
Riverso's 15-year run with the Tommies produced a remarkable 337-80 record with an NCAA championship, two third-place national finishes and five Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) crowns. Riverso's last 13 Tommie teams made 13 NCAA playoff appearances, while finishing either first or second in the MIAC 11 times, and winning 19 or more games each year.
Riverso guided St. Thomas to NCAA Division III's best record in the 1990s (247-37, .870). In that decade, UST won the 1991 NCAA Division III national title and played in three Final Fours; won four MIAC championships during a six-year span from 1995 to 2000; had 12 players receive All-America honors; and had eight MIAC Player of the Year recipients.
Riverso was inducted into the St. Thomas Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. He was named the National Coach of the Year by the American Women Sports Federation (AWSF) following the 1991 national title season. He also was a six-time conference Coach of the Year and three-time Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA)/Converse District Coach of the Year.
Riverso's St. Thomas teams earned 12 consecutive NCAA playoff berths and reached the round of 16 in 10 of those 12 appearances. His teams set an NCAA Division III record for consecutive wins (since broken) of 40 from 1991-92; set conference records for consecutive regular-season victories (60, from 1995-98); consecutive road wins (40, 1995-99); and consecutive wins versus conference opponents (65).
Riverso helped develop eight players - all Minnesotans - who went on to receive Division III first-team or honorable mention All-America honors a total of 15 times.
Riverso retired from coaching in 1999, staying at St. Thomas as a Senior Development Officer. In 2003, he added the duties of the Director of Development for Intercollegiate Athletics.
While working in development at St. Thomas, Riverso remained active in the coaching ranks. Prior to joining the Gopher staff, he was an assistant at Benilde-St. Margaret's High School, helping the team, of which his daughter Mary was a member, to the Minnesota Class AAA state title.
Riverso, a Philadelphia native, graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy from West Chester (Pa.) University.
Riverso is the father of three children: T.J., Mary and Anna.
RIVERSO AT A GLANCE
June 18, 1954
B.A. West Chester (Pa.) University, 1976 M.A. West Chester (Pa.) University, 1978