College Profile: UC Riverside

The University that invented fruit sold as the “Cutie”

UC Riverside Head Coach Nikki Palmer tells us what athletes can expect when they play in her program.


“The Thing that Drives Me Nuts is…”

UC Riverside Head Softball Coach Nikki Palmer talks recruiting and the thing that frustrates her about some athletes who attend her camps. She also talks about early recruiting and the need for change.

She also has advice for youth coaches about how to keep kids motivated.

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Coach Palmer was named head coach at UC Riverside in 2016.  Palmer served as Head Coach at Utah Valley for three seasons. She made history during her first season , leading them to the WAC Tournament Championship.  It was Utah Valley’s first postseason berth for any sport in the school’s NCAA era.

Palmer played softball at UC San Diego and is a Southern California native.