Santa Maria Rivera was born in the gorgeous Pacific resort town of Ixtapa-Zihuatanej, Mexico and was raised in the Central Washington town of Yakima since the age of 7.
Santa Maria graduated from Eisenhower High School and attended Wenatchee Valley Community College for one year before transferring to play soccer at Seattle University, winning a National Championship in 2004. He also became the first in his family to attend and graduate from college. Rivera moved on and played soccer for the Seattle Sounders alongside Coach Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar.
Santa Maria has 8 years of coaching premier soccer, most recently with FC Alliance, earning regional tournament berths with the Under 13 and 14 boys teams.
Santa Maria closely follows Chivas Rayadas del Guadalajara of the Mexican 1st Division and Real Madrid. He also loves surfing, fishing, and anything related to the Tropical Ocean. He is also a lover of the Electronic Dance Music Movement and is an up and coming DJ.