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Derek Rivera ‘21 Recruiting Profile

  • East Rockaway Junior/Senior High School
  • Men's Soccer
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Derek Rivera's Men's Soccer Recruiting Profile
Bavarian HOTA
Dominant Foot:
Prim. Position:
Def Mid
Sec. Position:

Personal Statement

My love for soccer began when I was only two years old and I have loved it ever since. I am known as the "little red with the soccer ball".   I identify myself as a scholar athlete.  I have spent countless days, nights and weekends practicing and competing yet always kept my grades up.  I have learned over the years that I hate losing, whether it is in practice games, or scrimmages.  I always want to win.  I want to play at the highest level that I can and also be able to do well with my course load. I know I can bring a competitive spirit to any roster and help with making a successful team.  I can lead the team in a positive direction on and off the field.  My coaches tell me I have positive energy that is contagious. 

In the Spring of 2019, I had to overcome the biggest obstacle of my soccer career, an injury! This required me to have ACL reconstructive surgery (anterior cruciate ligament).  This surgery made me miss almost a year of play.  Over that year I have been to each game  supporting my team.  I was able to watch the game from a different perspective, a perspective that I never thought I would have to see it through.   Still, I tried to help  both of my teams win in any way I could, even though I couldn't be on the field with them.  I didn't feel sorry for myself and neither did my team mates.  I have been determined to be better than before with a year of physical therapy, practice, determination and self motivation.  My doctors, coaches and therapists are amazed how quickly I healed.  Now I am ready to continue where I left off, at the top. 


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 3 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 2 years
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey:
  • Individual Awards:
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Jersey: #12
  • Team Awards:
    on the DL list
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #12
  • Individual Awards:
  • 2017 Junior Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #12
  • Individual Awards:
  • Team Awards:
    Conference Champs

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 6 seasons
  • 2019 Bavarian HOTA (U17)
  • 2018 Olympic Development Program (U16)
  • 2018 Hota bavarian NY (U16)
  • 2017 Lynbrook/East Rockaway Sting (U15)
  • 2016 New York Red Bulls Academy
  • 2015 New York Red Bulls Academy

Coach References

  • Travel/Club Coach
  • Phil Ohara
  • Club Coach
  • Jordan Russolillo

Additional Sports

  • Basketball
  • 2 Years
  • Junior Varsity Team
  • Basketball
  • 4 Years
  • Club/Travel Team



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High School Information

High School:
East Rockaway Junior/Senior High School
(516) 887-8300

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Freshman: Algebra accelerated Science Accelerated English Honors Geometry Accelerated Sophmore: Alegbra II Accelerated Chemistry Accelerated Junior: Spanish Honors Pre Calculus Accelerated Senior College accounting
AP Classes:
Yes. History Physics Calculus Statistics
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • High Honor roll throughout HS
  • Award
    • Nassau County Legislature Certificate of Recognition for Academic Excellence
  • Award
    • Community and School Involvement
  • Award
    • National Honor Society
  • Award
    • Department Award for English
  • Award
    • President's Education Awards Program for Outstanding Academic Achievement
  • Activity
    • Peer Group
  • Activity
    • Rock Rivalry

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