Richie Gomes Jr. enters his fourth season as an assistant coach and his second as a paid assistant coach with the Brown University volleyball program in 2016-17.
Gomes helped lead the Bears to consecutive finishes in the top half of the Ivy League in 2013 and 2014 as a volunteer assistant coach. The Bears recorded an 8-6 league mark in 2013 and a 7-7 conference record in 2014. In 2015, Brown notched its first win over Yale since the 2005 season. He has coached five All-Ivy players with the Bears including Thea Derrough ’14, Kathryn Conner ’15, Maddie Lord ’15, Payton Smith ’17, and Sabrina Stillwell ’19.
Known for his high energy level and positivity, Gomes aids Brown’s coaching staff in multiple areas, including statistical breakdown, multimedia and video, and technical drills.
The head coach at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, Gomes began serving as the head coach at his alma mater in March 2011. Gomes guided GNB Voc-Tech to a South Alliance league title in 2014 and mentored Derek Lewis, who broke Gomes’ school record with 39 kills in a match in 2013.
Gomes has coached the top 18U team at Blast Volleyball Club since November 2012, helping prepare student-athletes for the high school season. He has also worked as a coach for the Coastal Boys team at the Bay State Games.
A native of New Bedford, Mass., Gomes earned Boston Globe Player of the Year honors in 2002, helping guide GNB Voc-Tech to a South Sectional title. Gomes attained both an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from the New England Institute of Technology from 2010-14.