Rich Barraza has joined the Sports Academy team to help coach and develop the boys and girls club volleyball programs. Rich is coming off his 3rd year as the women’s volleyball Head Coach for Los Angeles Mission College after serving one year with the Pepperdine’s men’s volleyball program as volunteer assistant coach under legendary Head Coach Marv Dunphy and then Associate Head Coach, David Hunt. Barraza, a 2011 graduate of Cal State Northridge, began his college career at Pierce College. He was an All-State and All-Conference performer for the Brahmas, playing for current Director of Integrated Sports Medicine, Dr. Beau Daniels.
Barraza then transitioned to the coaching side of the game, serving stints at Harvard-Westlake High School and Granada Hills Charter High School. In 2010, he acted as an assistant coach for the Pierce women’s volleyball team and guided the Brahmas to their first state championship in school history. He was also on staff the following year, when Pierce successfully defended its title for a second straight championship.
Barraza also boasts experience coaching at the club level, having worked for the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy (LAVA) and the Santa Monica Beach Club (SMBC) for 10 years. While at SMBC, he coached four different boys’ teams to USAV Junior National Championship bronze and gold medals.
Barraza earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from Cal State Northridge in 2011 and earned a Master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in 2015. Rich values education and growth, and in the summer of 2018, has since completed his second and third Master’s from Loyola Marymount (Masters of Education with a credential in Physical Education) and Concordia (Masters of Science) respectively.