- Date of Birth:
- January 7, 1962
- 6' 3"
- Fort Ord
Ron Rivera (born Ronald Eugene Rivera in Fort Ord, California on January 7, 1962) is an American football coach and former player, and is currently the head coach of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). In 2003, Rivera was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Cal (University of California, Berkeley) Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. Ron, who played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, was recognized as an All-American linebacker. Once he graduated, he was selected in the second round of the 1984 NFL draft. He played professional football for the 1985 Chicago Bears, who went on to win Super Bowl XX. His coaching career started with the 2006 Chicago Bears as a defensive coordinator. His team ended up winning the National Football Conference championship and competed in Super Bowl XLI. He was named head coach of the Carolina Panthers in 2011 and then went on to be recognzied as the NFL Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2013. Since taking over the Panthers, he has led the team to three straight divisional titles, and an appearance in Super Bowl 50.
Best Known For:
Ron Rivera is best known for being the head coach of the NFL team, the Carolina Panthers. He is also very well known for becoming the first Puerto Rican and Mexican American to play on a Super Bowl championship team.
Ron Rivera and his wife, Stephanie, married in 1984 and they have two children together: Christopher and Courtney. On January 5, 2015, Ron’s home in Charlotte, North Carolina caught on fire. Luckily, everyone escaped the burning house with no injuries. Later that year, on July, 28, Ron’s brother Mickey died after battling cancer for two years.