BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Bridgewater State University Director of Athletics, Dr. Marybeth Lamb, announced today that Richie Gomes Jr. has been named as the Bears’ head women’s volleyball coach.
Gomes replaces Ally Quinn who resigned following two seasons at Bridgewater State.
“I’m very thankful to Dr. Marybeth Lamb for giving me this opportunity and I’m extremely excited to start this new journey as a BSU Bear along with these young ladies,” said Gomes. “I’m going to give this program everything I have so we can bring it back to where it belongs.”
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.
“Richie brings a wealth of skill and knowledge of the sport of volleyball to BSU,” said Lamb. “His experience at Brown University with women’s volleyball will no doubt elevate our player’s game, both in the MASCAC as well as throughout the region.”
“I am excited to see what he can do for our recruiting and I am sure that he will have an immediate impact on the team,” Lamb added.
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.