Nov. 16, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – University of Georgia head softball coach announces the addition of Malia Rivers to the 2012 signing class. Rivers will join the Georgia softball team for the 2014 season.
“Malia is going to be a great addition to our program as she has a tremendous amount of versatility both on defense and offense,” Harris-Champer said. “She is both extremely quick and powerful, which on offense, allows her to be not only a triple threat, but hit for power from either side of the plate. On defense, she is very capable anywhere on the field, including catcher, with soft hands, a great arm and superb speed."
The Brentwood, Calif., native has been a member of the Heritage High School varsity softball team since her freshman year, playing for her father Coach Ron Rivers. She also plays for the USA Elite Club team under Coach Stan McFadden. At Heritage, Rivers is a three-time member of the All-Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) as a catcher. Following her junior season in 2012, Rivers was named to the All East Bay First Team and was named as one of the Top 100 Athletes in the East Bay.
Rivers had led the BVAL in stolen bases in each of her three varsity seasons and led the BVAL in on base percentage, batting average and hits in 2010 and 2012. In 2012, Rivers led the North Coast Section in batting average with a .667 clip and was second in the North Coast Section in runs scored with 43. She finished third in the North Coast Section in stolen bases with 40 and fifth in on base percentage with a .689 mark.
“We are very fortunate that, even though Malia is from the West Coast, she has a grandmother and several relatives that reside in the Atlanta-area, which made Georgia of particular interest to her,” Harris-Champer added. “She comes from a very competitive family that values discipline, education and is extremely athletic and it shows in all that Malia does. We believe she will make an immediate impact in our program as a freshman."
In addition to her athletic achievements, Rivers is also a three-time member of the Principal’s Honor Roll with a GPA of 3.9 and a three-time Scholar Athlete Award winner.