September 24, 2023
American University volleyball coach Barry Goldberg dies at 61

Editor’s notice: Barry Goldberg was a excellent person and we, and the volleyball globe, will overlook him. This is the Sunday news release from American University and also the accompanying AU graphic.

WASHINGTON – American College Cassell Corridor of Famer and famous volleyball coach Barry Goldberg, an Eagle considering the fact that 1989 and beloved by many, has handed away at the age of 61. Goldberg was diagnosed with Phase 4 cancer in February 2022.

“It is with great sadness that we share the information of Barry’s passing,” reported Director of Athletics and Recreation, Dr. Billy Walker. “Barry’s determination to AU, our volleyball program and extended university local community was unmatched. Any one who interacted with Barry arrived away a better man or woman. Our feelings and prayers are with Bonnie, his youngsters and grandchildren.”

Goldberg put in 34 years making the volleyball application and setting data every single action of the way. He attained 10 Coach of the Yr honors and guided the Eagles to 16 Patriot League Championships. His groups created 18 NCAA Event appearances, and his 812 wins rated fourth amongst lively Division I coaches at the conclusion of the 2022 year.

When Goldberg’s profession successes could fill web pages, his proudest achievements came off the volleyball court. He is survived by his spouse, Bonnie, a few kids, Arielle Houlihan (Matthew), Jared Goldberg (Aryn) and Mitchell Goldberg, alongside with grandchildren Rylie and Hallie Houlihan and Silas, Simeon and Samson Goldberg.

The Goldbergs’ little ones were being all collegiate athletes. Arielle played volleyball at the University of the Pacific, Jared played volleyball at Grand Canyon College, and Mitchell performed lacrosse at Richmond where by he graduated as the program’s all-time primary aim-scorer.

Goldberg, a 2019 inductee into the Eagles’ Stafford H. “Pop” Cassell Corridor of Fame, was in attendance for the 2023 ceremony on February 18, in which Cassell’s son, Jack, devoted a $3 million reward from him and his wife Denise toward naming the “Barry Goldberg Court” in the foreseeable future Alan and Amy Meltzer Heart for Athletic Overall performance.

All through their run of 18 appearances in the NCAA Event, Goldberg’s teams twice experienced prolonged, NCAA tournament results. The Eagles advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 2013 with straight-set wins in excess of Georgia and Duke, and then manufactured a next-spherical overall look in 2015 just after sweeping Kentucky. American is the only Patriot League group to at any time acquire a match in the NCAA Tournament.

Goldberg graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication and rhetoric from the College of Pittsburgh in 1984, and whilst pursuing his master’s in counseling schooling, he was an assistant mentor for the Pitt women’s varsity crew.

Inside the national volleyball group, Goldberg was a fixture and labored with a number of prestigious camps and committees. His effect on volleyball in the DC place is legendary, together with 15 many years as Director of the Metro American Volleyball Club, and with his wife Bonnie, founded the vastly thriving, annual Capitol Hill Volleyball Typical which started in 2007.

The household will hold a funeral open up to all who want to attend on Tuesday, March 28 at the Yard of Remembrance in Clarksburg, Md. at 3:30 p.m. The loved ones will be sitting down shiva at their property at 26801 Dix Street, Damascus, MD. They will take guests from 4 pm -7 pm by means of Sunday, April 1.

There will be a memorial services held by family to celebrate Barry’s extraordinary existence and occupation, inviting close friends, loved ones, colleagues, and former players to occur together and share their recollections of him. The facts of the memorial will be announced at a later on day.