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Richard Barton

Richard Barton

Head Coach-SMASH Volleyball

Head Coach- SMASH Volleyball


Coaching Experience:

  • The Head Coach of SMASH Volleyball, 25+ years
  • Member of the MGVCA Volleyball Hall Of Fame
  • 2014-2015, Head Coach SMASH 14's, 2013-2014 SMASH 15's
  • 2006-7, 2007-8, 2008-2009 Head Coach SMASH 18's (won more NE tournaments than any other MA team)
  • Has coached 18+unders, 16's and 14's at local, regional, and national tournaments
  • 31 Years HS girls volleyball head coach, Newton North HS and Stoneham HS, State champions twice (2014!), state finalist many times, league champions many times
  • 23 Years HS boys volleyball head coach, Newton North HS (.87 winning %)
  • Head Coach SMASH Camps,  25+ years (summer specialty camps)
  • Initiated SMASH "League and Skills Program"
  • One of original coaches at the 1st Juniors Program in NE (Mass Patriots)  .....early 80's
  • Started, and Head coached North Shore Juniors Volleyball (early 80's)
  • Ran "Introduction to Volleyball" clinic each fall for primary and middle school age players (14 years)
  • Has run numerous coaching clinics and player clinics


  • USAV CAP Level II, Level I and Impact Certifications
  • Gold Medal Squared Coaches Clinic Certification
  • Hall of Fame Member, Mass HS Girls Volleyball
  • Rick Pierce Award winner
  • USVBA 'Contributions to Volleyball' Award
  • Boston Globe 'Coach of the Year' two times

Playing Experience:

  • Mens A level player in 70's and 80's, indoors and outdoors
  • Bay State Games player for the first (consecutive!) 23 years! (medalist 20 times)


  • Part of original group which initiated Juniors Volleyball in New England
  • On committee which created the Yankee Volleyball Association
  • Board Member of the original Mass. Girls' Volleyball Coaches Association (MGVCA)
  • Started North Shore Juniors Volleyball
  • Started SMASH Volleyball