Richie Gomes Jr. enters his fifth season as an assistant coach and his third 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 six All-Ivy players with the Bears including Thea Derrough ’14, Kathryn Conner ’15, Maddie Lord ’15, Payton Smith ’17, Melissa Cairo ’18, 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, scouting, on-road recruiting, and technical drills. Gomes also provides strategic in-game adjustments and game planning assistance.
The head boys coach at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, Gomes began serving as the head coach at his alma mater in March 2012. Gomes guided GNB Voc-Tech to three undefeated South Alliance league titles in 2014, 2015, and 2016 along with another conference title in 2017 with one loss. Gomes has also guided GNB Voc-Tech to six consecutive Div. 1 vocational state championships from 2012-17. Gomes mentored Derek Lewis, who broke Gomes’ school record with 39 kills in a match in 2013. Gomes has coached four Boston Globe All-Scholastic players – Lewis (2013), Andrew Glover (2014), Diondre Charros-Gomes (2015, 2016) and Shawn Furtado (2017). Gomes’ combined overall record from 2012-17 as the boys head coach was an astonishing 106-26 (.803 winning percentage).
Gomes was also the top 18U boys coach for Blast Volleyball in 2014 and 2015 winning two gold, three silver, and one bronze medals. Gomes has served as the club director for Supreme Volleyball Club since November 2015, 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 and won the gold medal with his team in the 2017 summer 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.