Richard Gary enters his third season at Wells College as coach of
the men's volleyball program in 2014 and will have coached his
second season of women's volleyball at Wells in 2013. Gary joined
the Express from Hartwick College, where he spent six seasons
assisting the Hawks women's volleyball team to their first ever
ECAC berth and first State Tournament appearance in 10 years.
In Aurora, Gary was responsible for recruiting and fielding the first men's volleyball program in school history - the men's squad took to the floor for their first-ever game on Feb. 8, 2012 as they faced-off against the Wildcats of SUNY Institute of Technology on the road. Their very first program victory came against Gallaudet University on Mar. 9, 2012, a 3-0 sweeping of the Bison.
Women's volleyball at Wells returned as a varsity sport on Aug. 31, 2012 as the Express hosted the Lakers of Oswego State College and played to a 3-0 loss - the Express had not fielded a varsity volleyball team since the 1977-78 school year. Gary and the Express posted the first women's volleyball victory in nearly 35 years.
Since joining the Express, Gary has coached two All-Conference athletes across both sports and came a single victory shy of qualifying for the North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs in men's volleyball in 2013, accumulating a 2-3 record in league play.
At Hartwick, Gary was responsible for all recruiting, player development and scouting and video. Additionally, he involved himself with all aspects of practice and match play. During his tenure, Gary coached the program's first All-Conference player and his teams recorded new season and career highs in kills, blocks, aces, digs and assists.
Gary completed his CAP I coaching certification at Hartwick and instructed at camps with players from NCAA Divisions I, II and III. He also spent six months in Holland, where he worked with the Men's 1 and 2 teams, as well as the Women's 1 team. For five years, Gary was also a member of the English department, where he taught Composition, Theatre, and Greek Mythology.
A coach long before arriving at Hartwick, Gary's coaching career started in 1993 season as he served as head coach for the University of Oregon's men's club team for two years. He also handled the head coaching duties as a player/coach at the University of Bristol and served as a volunteer head coach for the club team at Thomas Jefferson University in 2004 before joining the Hawks.
Gary was a member of Downtown
Athletic Club 18's Team in 1992-93, racking up an undefeated record
against the region and went on to compete at the USVBA Nationals.
In 2001-02, Gary handled the captain responsibilities for the
University of Bristol's men's team and was a member of the British
Universities Men's National squad. His teams competed against
Irish, Scottish, Dutch, and French University National teams. Gary
played one year of Series D men's volleyball in Florence, Italy in
2002-03 before returning to the United States. Most recently he
played club volleyball in Albany.
In addition to his coaching accolades, Gary is an active participant on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Men's Volleyball Division III AA Committee and the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Regional Advisory Committee.
He resides in Aurora, N.Y. with his wife, Maribeth, and his dog, Max.