Rich Barraza joined the Pepperdine men's volleyball staff as a volunteer assistant coach prior to the 2014 season.
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 former Pepperdine assistant coaches Adam Black and Beau Daniels.
He then transitioned to the coaching side of the game, serving stints at Harvard-Westlake School and Granada Hills High School. In 2010, he served 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 on staff the following year once again when Pierce successfully defended its title.
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 over seven years. He currently serves as the head coach for the LAVA 18-2 South squad.
While at SMBC, he coached two different teams to USAV Junior National Championship bronze medals. He was an assistant coach for the bronze medal winning SMBC 16-Black team, which featured current Waves Matt Tarantino, Ryan Plueger and Leonard Granato in 2008. In 2010, he guided Soren Dion-Kindem and Max States, then members of the SMBC 15-Black squad, to the bronze medal.
Barraza earned his degree in communications studies from Cal State Northridge in 2011.