Barrick Named Richmond Head Men's Tennis Coach
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – Coming off a record-breaking season in 2017 and with a brand new home being renovated, the University of Richmond men's tennis program has a bright future.
That future will be in the hands of Houston Barrick, the new head coach of the Spiders, announced by Interim Athletic Director David Walsh today.
"We're truly excited about Houston joining the Spider family," Walsh said. "His energy and experience, both as a player and a coach, will be a valuable asset to our program. His knowledge of our conference and the area truly provide us with someone who we believe can continue to build our program to compete for championships, while producing outstanding student-athletes and ambassadors for this University."
Barrick comes to Richmond after five seasons as the Associate Head Coach at VCU, the reigning Atlantic 10 Champions.
"I'm thrilled and excited to be a part of the Spider family. I'm grateful to David, Monica and the entire Richmond administration for believing me and giving me this incredible opportunity," Barrick said. "This is a first class institution with a first class athletic program and I look forward to working with a tremendous group of student-athletes and working to compete for championships for years to come."
During his time with the Rams, Barrick saw VCU reach four Atlantic 10 Championship matches. Under his guidance, the Rams earned 16 All-Conference awards, and two student-athletes reached the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.
Before VCU, Barrick spent two years as a club professional at Belle Meade Country Club in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn.
Prior to that, he spent the 2011 season as an assistant at Cornell, where he helped guide the Big Red to its first-ever Ivy League championship and earn its first NCAA Tournament berth.
As a player, Barrick helped the Cavaliers to three National Indoor team championships during his four years in Charlottesville.
A four-year starter at Virginia, Barrick was a two-time team captain and posted a 60-0 record in the ACC over his four seasons. He played as high as No. 1 in both singles and doubles at UVA and helped the Cavaliers to a 140-6 record during his career. Individually, Barrick finished his time at UVA with a singles record of 102-31 and doubles record of 115-34. A two-time NCAA All-Tournament Team selection, he was also named the 2010 ACC Tournament MVP and was selected to the All-ACC first team following his senior season. Barrick ranked as high as No. 2 in doubles competition and No. 50 in singles. An outstanding student, he was also a member of the All-ACC Academic Team in 2009 and 2010.
He graduated from Virginia in 2010 with a bachelor of arts degree in government.