Sept. 19, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball head coach Ken Preston announced Wednesday that Ricardo DoMonte has been named the program's newest assistant coach. DoMonte will primarily be responsible for film analysis and will also take on some recruiting duties.
DoMonte is no stranger to UCSB and the Santa Barbara volleyball community. In April of 2007, he led the UCSB men's volleyball club team to a national championship after becoming the head coach just six months earlier. He has also played an integral part in gaining national recognition for Santa Barbara youth club teams. Since 2002, doMonte has served as the Volleyball Director for the Page Youth Center/Santa Barbara Boys' Volleyball Club. He also led the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club from 2005-06 and was the first person in city history to direct both programs at the same time.
"It is an honor to get the chance to coach at the top collegiate level," said doMonte, who originally hails from Brazil. "I have gained a lot of knowledge that I can share with the team and I'm also looking forward to learning from Ken (Preston), he's a great mentor."
"We're looking forward to working with Ricardo," said Preston, who is heading into his 30th season leading the Gauchos. "He's very organized and he has a great passion for the game of the volleyball."
DoMonte began his volleyball career as a player in Brazil at the age of 13. He immediately found that he possessed a competitive drive and a passion for the sport, so much so that he took his first coaching job when he was 18. DoMonte played the dual role of player and coach for six years until turning his full attention to directing matches from the sidelines.
In Brazil, he was an assistant coach for the Pernambuco State Team that placed second at the 1985 Brazilian National Championships. DoMonte was also an assistant with the Uniao High School men's team that won three consecutive state championships from 1983-85. He then moved on to become the head women's coach and Coordinator of the Department of Physical Education at Especial High School from 1986-88. As the head coach of the men's team at the University of Physical Education, doMonte won three state championships between 1987-89.
In 1990, doMonte came to the United States to study at Northeastern University in Boston. While in Massachusetts, he was the head coach of the Boston University women's club program. He then relocated to Santa Barbara and coached the boys' and girls' middle school teams at Laguna Blanca High School and the junior varsity boys' team at Carpinteria High School. From 2003-05, doMonte worked at Santa Barbara City College as an assistant coach with the women's volleyball program.
DoMonte has also been an instructor at several volleyball camps in Santa Barbara, including those run by Preston and Kathy Gregory, UCSB's head women's coach.
DoMonte's coaching experience is not confined to the hard court. Between 1989 and 2006, he mentored several top-notch beach volleyball players including four-time Brazilian champions Eduardo Garrido and Roberto Moreira. The duo placed second behind U.S. legends Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, where beach volleyball was introduced as a demonstration sport. DoMonte coached Brazilians Paulo Emilio Silva and Luizao De Jesus at a 2003 FIVB World Tour event at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The team later went on to win a silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games. He also tutored Carlos Moss (Alemao) and Andre Gomes, the 1995 world champions, and has coached former Gauchos Courtney Guerra, Brooke Hanson (Niles), Ben Koski, and Jeff Minc on the sand.
DoMonte received a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from the University of Fundacao de Ensino Superior de Pernambuco, where he was the valedictorian of his 1987 graduating class. While studying, he became a certified personal trainer, international volleyball coach, and volleyball referee at the Brazilian National Federation.
"Defensive play and the mental aspects of the game are the two areas I feel I am strongest in," said doMonte. "I have also made strong relationships with coaches and players around the country, so that will help with the recruiting process."
UCSB finished the 2007 season with a 20-12 overall record and a 14-8 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. The Gauchos qualified for the league tournament and defeated UCLA, the 2006 national champion, in the quarterfinals. Top-ranked Pepperdine downed UCSB in the semifinals to end the Gauchos' season. Senior opposite Evan Patak and junior middle blocker Theo Brunner were tabbed AVCA First Team All-Americans.
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