Barry Goldberg
Barry Goldberg
Previous College: Pittsburgh '84
Position: Head Coach

Over his 30 years at the helm of American University volleyball, 10-time Coach of the Year Barry Goldberg has both established and continued an unprecedented level of success. The Eagles have won the Patriot League Championship in 15 of the last 18 seasons and have made 17 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 22 years.

Goldberg, whose career at AU began in 1989, has guided his team to 20 or more wins an unbelievable 28 times in 30 years with the program. His 750 career wins rank him sixth among all active NCAA Division I head coaches, and 13th among coaches across all divisions.

The seven-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (2001, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016), three-time Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year (1990, 1997, 2000) and 2013 AVCA East Region Coach of the Year’s record speaks for itself:

• 247-17 (.936) Patriot League record over 18 years
• 750 career wins ranking sixth among active NCAA Division I head coaches
• Career winning percentage of .735 ranking 12th among active NCAA Division I head coaches
• 17 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 22 years
• Conference championships in 18 of the last 21 years
• Two NCAA Tournament victories in 2013, first in program and Patriot League history, en route to the Sweet Sixteen
• In the past 18 years of league play, the Eagles have lost only 17 matches.

Since Goldberg’s first season as head coach in 1989, the Eagles have accumulated a 336-64 (.840) record in Bender Arena. The team has garnered 67 All-Patriot League selections in 17 years, 13 Player of the Year awards among 29 major award winners, and 15 players have been voted the Most Valuable Player in the Patriot League Tournament.

In addition, American volleyball has excelled off the court. Since Goldberg’s sixth season, the Eagles have averaged above a 3.30 combined grade point average and have earned a total of 134 selections to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. American volleyball has had six Academic All-America selections, including Monika Smidova, a third team pick in 2014, and Karla Kucerkova, a two-time CoSIDA Volleyball Academic All-American of the Year. In 2003, AU graduate Natalie Hand was awarded a prestigious Marshall Scholarship, which pays for AU students to study in Great Britain. Goldberg has coached three GTE/Academic All-Americans, three American University Student-Athletes of the Year and five of his student-athletes earned Google Cloud Academic All-District recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Over 12 seasons in the Colonial Athletic Association before American joined the Patriot League, Goldberg coached 36 players to All-CAA teams, including 20 All-CAA First Team selections, two CAA Championship MVP accolades, and a CAA Rookie of the Year winner.

Goldberg graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in ’84 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and rhetoric, and while pursuing his master’s in counseling education, he became assistant coach for the Pitt women’s varsity team.

In the volleyball community, Goldberg has been a fixture and has worked with several prestigious camps and committees. During his summers, Goldberg conducts individual and team volleyball camps at American and other locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. He has also held seminars in the National Mizuno Coaching Clinic Series. Goldberg now serves as a voting member of the national AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll and is also a voting member of the All-America committee.

Goldberg lives in Maryland with his wife, Bonnie, who played volleyball at Eastern Michigan University. The two have three children - Arielle, who played volleyball at the University of the Pacific, Jared, who played volleyball at Grand Canyon University, and Mitchell, who played lacrosse at Richmond and graduated in 2019 as the program’s all-time leading goal-scorer.

GOLDBERG IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE - YEAR-BY-YEAR

2018 (20-13, 13-3 PL) – The Eagles tied for first in the Patriot League regular season standings but fell in a tight fifth set to Navy in the PL Tournament Championship and missed out on an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in six seasons. Aleksandra Kazala closed out her AU career with a third straight Patriot League Player of the Year honor and was also named AVCA All-Region for a third year in a row.

2017 (26-8, 15-1 PL) – The Eagles, led by Patriot League Player of the Year Aleksandra Kazala, went to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the first round at seventh-ranked BYU.

2016 (27-8, 15-1 PL) – AU placed first in the Patriot League Tournament and appeared for the 16th time in the NCAA Tournament, led by the Patriot League Player of the Year Aleksandra Kazala.

2015 (28-7, 16-0 PL) – Goldberg guided the Eagles to their 13th Patriot League Tournament title and 15th NCAA tournament appearance, where they swept Kentucky in the first round before falling to in the second round to Ohio State.

2014 (26-7, 15-1 PL) – The Eagles completed the season with a 26-7 overall record and claimed their 12th Patriot League Tournament title, led by Monika Smodiva, the Patriot League Player of the Year. Smodiva repeated as the Patriot League Setter of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

2013 (34-3, 15-1 PL) – In his 24th season, Goldberg led the Eagles to a historic run as they finished with a 34-3 record, dropping just 22 sets all year and starting the season with 10 straight wins. The Eagles won their 11th Patriot League Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in 17 years. American claimed its first NCAA Tournament wins in program history against both Georgia and No. 14 Duke. The Eagles lost in the Sweet 16 against top-seeded Texas and ended the year at No. 19 in the AVCA Coaches Poll. Kristyna Lindovska earned AVCA All-Region Team selection while Monika Smidova was named Patriot League Setter and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

2012 (21-10, 11-3 PL) – The Eagles finished the year with a 21-10 overall record and a 11-3 record in their conference. The team tied Army for second place in the Patriot League standings.

2011 (23-11, 13-1 PL) – With just three returning players, Goldberg took the Eagles to their 10th conference championship and 12th NCAA Tournament appearance. Goldberg earned his second straight Coach of the Year award. Sara Rishell was the second player in Patriot League history to be named the Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season and was also recognized as an AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention.

2010 (29-3, 14-0 PL) – In his 22nd season, Goldberg led the team to a perfect 14-0 conference record and a 29-3 overall record, earning him his third Coach of the Year honor. American held a 2-1 lead on No. 9 UCLA in the Eagles’ 11th NCAA Tournament appearance but could not hold the lead and fell 3-2 to the Bruins. All of Goldberg’s seniors received awards during the season, with Angelina Waterman selected for the AVCA All-Region Team and Magdalena Tekiel earning Patriot League Player of the Year honors. 

2009 (18-13, 11-3 PL) – The Eagles completed the season with a 18-13 overall record and a 11-3 conference record. American tied Colgate for second place in the Patriot League and fell to Army in the conference tournament final.

2008 (24-9, 13-1 PL) – Goldberg led the Eagles to their eighth consecutive Patriot League Tournament title, finishing the year with a 24-9 overall record, 13-1 in conference play, and a 12-1 mark at home. American’s performance earned the team four Patriot League awards. Senior Rubena Sukaj was the Player of the Year for the third straight season while Christina Nash received her second Setter of the Year honor. Junior Ivana Cebakova was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second time and freshman Rebecca Heath garnered Rookie of the Year plaudits.  

2007 (26-8, 13-1 PL) – The Eagles completed the season with a 26-8 overall record, 13-1 in conference play, and a 17-1 mark at home. American earned its seventh Patriot League Tournament title and made its ninth appearance in the NCAA tournament.

2006 (25-7, 14-0 PL) – In his 17th season, Goldberg earned his second Patriot League Coach of the Year award as he led the team to its sixth consecutive league regular season and tournament titles. Rubena Sukaj led the team to a 14-1 home record and a 14-0 conference record. American reached the first round in the NCAA tournament, but fell to top-ranked Nebraska, 3-1.

2005 (25-10, 13-1) – AU placed first in the Patriot League and went to its fifth straight NCAA Tournament, finishing the year at 25-10 overall.

2004 (24-7, 14-0 PL) – The Eagles went undefeated in league play for a third straight year and 24-7 overall, advancing to their fourth straight NCAA Tournament. Junior Cutrina Biddulph was named the Patriot League Co-Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-America. Freshman Chelsa Brooks was named the league’s Rookie of the Year.

2003 (22-10, 14-0 PL) – Karla Kucerkova earned her third straight Patriot League Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards in leading the Eagles to a 14-0 league record and a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Nationally, she was named Academic All-America Player of the Year for a second time.

2002 (26-8, 14-0 PL) – The Eagles went undefeated in league play for a second year in a row and advanced to their second straight NCAA Tournament with the help of second-time Patriot League Player of the Year Karla Kucerkova.

2001 (26-4, 14-0 PL) – Karla Kucerkova won her first of three straight Patriot League Player of the Year Awards and guided the Eagles to an undefeated league record of 14-1 in their first-ever season in the conference. AU returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.