Local roundup: Rivera named baseball coach at Ledyard
Ledyard — George Rivera has been hired as baseball coach at Ledyard High school, Ledyard Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Jim Buonocore announced on Monday.
Rivera replaces Scott Chiasson, who led the Colonels for the past seven seasons, and is now the Montville coach. Rivera is a 1987 graduate of New London High School where he was a four-year member of the baseball program and a part of the 1987 state championship team. Rivera was Ledyard's junior varsity coach last season.
Rivera was the head coach at St. Bernard from 2013-2019, leading the Saints to multiple Eastern Connecticut Conference divisional championships. Rivera was also the Waterford American Legion coach, guiding the team to the 2008 state championship. He was named American Legion State Coach of the Year in 2008 and was named Zone 6 Coach of the Year four times during his tenure.
"It was not only Rivera’s successful baseball coaching experiences at the high school varsity level, but also his work last spring as the junior varsity coach that made him the Colonels’ first choice,'' said Bonocore in a release. "George is an extremely passionate and knowledgeable baseball coach who I watched from afar when he was the head coach at St. Bernard, but also up close last spring with our junior varsity team.''
• Coast Guard men's soccer senior Mike Daunt has been named to the United Soccer Coaches Association All-Region first team for Region II. Daunt, a forward, led the Bears and was tied for the NEWMAC lead with eight goals on the season, including two game-winning goals.
He also was placed on the NEWMAC all-conference first team and was one of seven NEWMAC athletes named to the first team in Region II. Daunt is the first men's soccer player to earn United Soccer Coaches Association All-Region honors since Austin Read was named to the All-New England second team in 2017.
• Connecticut College senior captain and goalie Jackie Mountford has been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-New England West Region second team. Mountford, who also made the All-NESCAC second team, led all goalies in the conference with 173 total saves this past fall. She made a career-best 19 stops at Bates on Sept. 18 and posted double-digit saves in 12 of the team's 15 games. Mountford averaged 11.53 saves per game, which ranked eighth nationally, and ended her career ranked fifth on the program's all-time list with 318 saves despite missing a year of competition due to COVID-19.