Eric Barber is in his first season as assistant coach. He was hired by head coach Caroline Walters in February of 2019.
Barber comes to Cal Poly after serving as the volunteer assistant coach at USC for one season. There, he helped coach pin attackers and liberos as well as prepare scouting reports and coach floor offense and defense during matches. Last season, the Trojans finished second in the Pac-12 and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to joining USC, he spent two years at Washington where he was the volunteer assistant coach for the beach program in 2018 and served as the graduate manager for the indoor team in 2016 and 2017.
Barber's duties for the indoor team included DataVolley input and analysis and preparation of scouting reports. He was on staff when the Huskies won the 2016 Pac-12 title and advanced to the NCAA regional final.
On the sand, he assisted with scouting, player development, and practice planning and was on staff for the Huskies' third and fourth-place finishes in the Pac-12. While at Washington, Barber completed his master's degree in civil engineering.
As a collegiate athlete himself, Barber played outside hitter for the UC San Diego indoor team where he was an MPSF All-Academic selection in 2014. He holds a bachelor's degree in environmental systems with a minor in political science from UCSD.
A native of Santa Monica, Barber attended Santa Monica High School and was an All-CIF first-team selection. He served as an assistant coach at La Jolla High School for both the boys' and girls' varsity teams from 2014-16.