Jean Rivett returns to UW-Green Bay for the fifth season of her second stint as head coach in 2008-09.
The 2008 Phoenix squad posted a 13-25 record, including a 4-9 mark against Horizon League opponents. Green Bay performed best in front of its home crowd, winning four of its five home games on the season. One of the highlights in 2008 was the selection of freshman infielder Samantha Howe to the Horizon League all-newcomer team.
The 2006 Phoenix squad had three individuals - Lisa Meissner, Jenna Woepse and Kate Sullivan - named to the All-Horizon League first team, the most ever for UW-Green Bay. In addition, Anna Nieznanski was a second-team pick.
The Phoenix posted its most successful season in school history in 2005, posting a 27-18 record and earning the team's first-ever NCAA Regional appearance. Picked to finish last in the Horizon League, UW-Green Bay went 13-5 in conference play to finish second during the regular season. The Phoenix then served as host to the Horizon League tournament and posted three straight walk-off wins, including each of the last two in extra innings to clinch the NCAA berth.
The team was assigned to the Madison, Wis., Regional and stunned everyone with a dramatic 1-0 win over Pac-10 champion and sixth-ranked Oregon State in its first game. The Phoenix would eventually drop tight decisions to eventual Women's College World Series participant DePaul as well as Oregon State to end its magical run.
Rivett has played and coached softball in Northeast Wisconsin for over 20 years. She is a member of the National Softball Coaches Association, a past president of the Fox Valley Classic League and has organized numerous clinics throughout Wisconsin.
Prior to coming to UW-Green Bay, Rivett was also an assistant at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., for 10 years and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., for four years. She joined the UW-Green Bay coaching staff in 1993 as an assistant before taking over as head coach for three years from 1994-96. Rivett owns a 70-103 coaching record at the NCAA Division I level.
Prior to returning to UW-Green Bay, Rivett coached the Green Bay East High School softball squad for four seasons. She is currently employed at St. Norbert College and has served as a personal pitching clinician at the Batter's Box in Green Bay for five years.