Glenn Rivero is coming home.

The pitching coach on the Northshore High School baseball team that captured the Class 5A state championship in 2009, Rivero was named the school’s head coach Friday.

Rivero replaces Rick Mauldin, who retired after the Panthers lost in the first round of the state playoffs this year. Rivero previously had was athletic director at Lakeshore.

“I couldn’t be any happier than I am right now,” he said. “I took a number of years off from baseball, and I came back last year to help the program at Lakeshore. I’m ready to get back in it again. Northshore is a great school. To be able to follow someone like Rick Mauldin is a true honor. I have a history at the school. It is truly an honor.”

Rivero was on the staff of one of the best teams in Northshore history in 2009 when he helped the Panthers advance all the way to the title game, where they beat Dutchtown for the Class 5A state championship, their first in school history.

“It is a great feeling to be able to come back to a program that I have had the utmost respect for,” he said. “I have a lot of love and admiration for Rick Mauldin. The history and tradition of Northshore baseball speaks for itself. I know I keep saying the same thing, but the best word to describe my feelings is how honored I am. I’m so honored to get this job and can’t wait to get to work.”

Rivero said he now will begin the process of putting together his staff, which he’ll announce later.

“We are not at that point yet,” he said. “I will speak with the administration at the school, and then those decisions will be made at a later date.”