Nikita Rivera joined the Southern Miss soccer coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2016 after her two years as graduate assistant with Lincoln Memorial University. She was named the full-time assistant coach in August who will also directly work with the goalkeepers: Kelly Brahmbhatt, Shelby Presnell and Brittany Taylor.
In 2015, Rivera helped the Rail Splitters to a 5-9-3 overall record and helped coach the team to get to the SAC tournament. In her first season in 2014, Rivera's team went 9-4-3 overall and losing at only one game at home all season.
Before her time at LMU, Rivera had a succesful career at New Mexico Highlands University. With her time with the Cowgirls, Rivera was a starter for two years and helped her team to the conference playoffs in 2013. With her time in the net, Rivera had a .82 goals against average with 79 save and five shutouts. Along with her success on the field, Rivera earned All-Conference academic honors.
Prior to her career at NMHU, Rivera played two seasons with Warner PAcific University. She had almost 200 saves for the Knights and had a 1.87 goals against average while earning All-Conference accolades both seasons.