One of the greatest men’s tennis players in Florida State history, Joey Rive was a Seminole standout from 1981 through 1985.
Rive capped his outstanding Seminole career by winning the 1985 Metro Conference Championship singles title. He was named the conference’s Most Valuable Player for that same year.
Following his collegiate playing days, Rive had a distinguished professional career. He was ranked among the worlds top 100 from 1985 through 1991 and won five singles titles on the ATP Tour. He was a member of the United States’ 1989 Davis Cup Team and played for Puerto Rico in that event from 1992 through 1994.
Rive returned to Florida State in 1992 as an assistant coach for the Seminoles’ men’s team. He held that position until 1994 when he was named the head men’s coach at the University of Alabama. He coached there for three years and guided the Crimson Tide to national top 20 rankings and a pair of bids to the NCAA Tournament.
At the time of his induction, Rive worked for the United States Tennis Association as a men’s national coach, training and developing elite junior players.
The success and hard work of FSU players and coaches like Rive made it possible for FSU to build one of the nation’s top tennis facilities, which hosted the NCAA Women’s Championship in 1996.