Richie Gomes Jr. was named the head coach of the Bridgewater State University volleyball program in June of 2018.
Gomes comes to BSU after serving five seasons as an assistant coach at Division I Brown University and eight seasons as the head boys volleyball coach at his high school alma mater, Greater New Bedford Regional Voc. Tech.. He was also a volunteer assistant coach for the men’s club programs at the University of Rhode Island (2013-2018) and the Community College of Rhode Island (2012-2013).
Gomes guided Greater New Bedford to four straight South Alliance league titles from 2014 to 2017, and mentored Derek Lewis, who broke Gomes' school record with 39 kills in a match in 2013.
Gomes, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Recording Arts from New England Institute of Technology in 2014, coached the top 18U team at Blast Volleyball Club from 2012 to 2015 and has served as the head coach for the Coastal Boys team at the Bay State Games since 2011.
A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Gomes is a 2002 graduate of Greater New Bedford where he earned Boston Globe Player of the Year honors in 2002 when he helped lead the Bears to a South Sectional title.