Margot Royer-Johnson | Head Coach
Margot Royer-Johnson, was named the fifth head volleyball coach in Providence College history in August of 2000 and now enters her 17th season with the Friars. Providence enters its third season back in the BIG EAST after competing in the league from 1977-2001. The Friars last played in the America East Conference for four seasons (2010-13).
In her first season with the Friars, Royer-Johnson led the squad to a 9-1 start and an overall record of 16-15 while competing in the BIG EAST.
The 2001 campaign proved to be a test of the team's mettle as the Friars played a tough non-conference schedule combined with the always strong BIG EAST Conference schedule. PC finished with a 6-20 overall record as Friars' outside hitter Sarah Katinger earned All-BIG EAST honors. In 2002, Providence ran into similar obstacles as the team finished with a 2-29 mark.
Providence College volleyball became an independent program in 2003, but continued to play a slate of challenging national opponents. In 2005, the Friars posted a 7-28 record with a squad among the youngest in the country. Consisting of eight freshmen, two sophomores and two seniors, the Friars posted their highest win total since 2000.
Royer-Johnson led the 2006 squad, comprised of two juniors, seven sophomores, and three freshmen, to a 14-win season. The following season (2007) saw the Friars win 19 games, which was the highest total since 1997 when the squad recorded 21 wins. In 2008, the team posted a 15-20 record and followed that up with a 10-16 record in 2009.
The 2010 campaign saw the Friars compete as members of the America East conference for the first time, posting a 10-23 mark with a 2-10 record in league play. That same season, Royer-Johnson mentored junior Lauren Fletcher to second team All-America East honors. In 2011, the Friars posted an 8-22 mark with a 2-10 conference record. Senior Lauren Fletcher received First Team All-America East honors, while 10 Friars were named to the America East Fall Honor Roll. In 2012, the season was highlighted by Cassie Muzzonigro setting the all-time career digs record with 1,787.
In Providence's final year in the America East (2013), the Friars improved from the 2012 season with a record of 12-20. Royer-Johnson coached freshmen Michelle Cruz and Kayla Fitzgerald to the America East All-Rookie Team. Off the court, 10 student-athletes were named to the America East Fall Honor Roll.
In 2014, the Friars competed in their first season back in the BIG EAST Conference. The team had a strong stretch towards the end of the season with victories over DePaul (3-2) and Georgetown (3-0).
Royer-Johnson coached the Friars to a 10-22 record for the 2015 season. The Friars posted an eight-match winning streak, taking 21-consecutive sets.
In the summer of 2008, Royer-Johnson was selected to coach a group of collegiate athletes in a tournament held in Australia. Her team competed against the Queensland Academy of Sport, National Junior and National Senior teams. Royer-Johnson also coached for USA Athletes International in the summer of 2009 during a tour of Scotland. In 2010, the team made stops in Austria, Slovenia and Italy before a 2011 squad, which included Providence's Carly Morrison and Muzzonigro, visited Curacao. In 2012, the team which included Friars Kelly Ashmore and Elizabeth Hoyt, traveled to the Netherlands where they played 11 matches in Amsterdam, Soeste and Groningen. In 2013, she coached in Costa Rica where her team finished 4-0 and included Annie Russian and Hoyt.
Royer-Johnson came to Providence after spending three years as assistant coach and kinesiology lecturer at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. In addition to her coaching duties at Angelo State, Royer-Johnson was the director of ASU's volleyball camp and coached the Planet Volleyball Junior Olympic club team for 18-and-under players. From October 1996 to May 1997, Royer-Johnson worked for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center where she oversaw the fitness lab. While working for NASA, Royer-Johnson served as a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland in the kinesiology department, where she earned her master's degree in kinesiology, with a concentration in sports psychology, in May of 1997.
A 1995 graduate of the University of Scranton with a double-major in human services and philosophy, Royer-Johnson was a four-year letter winner on the volleyball team. She was captain as a junior and senior and was named the league MVP in her senior season. She was also the recipient of the O'Hara Award as a senior, which is presented annually to the outstanding female athlete of the Scranton senior class.
In January 2009, Royer-Johnson was inducted into the University of Scranton's Wall of Fame, the first and only volleyball player in school history to receive the honor. The Wall of Fame was founded in 1970 to honor former student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and those in the community who have been instrumental in the overall development of the University of Scranton's athletics program.
Royer-Johnson resides in North Providence, R.I. with her husband, Jeff. The couple married in December 2009.
Richard Gomes | Assistant Coach
Richard Gomes Jr. joined the Providence College women's volleyball program as an assistant coach and will embark on his first full season with the program in the Fall of 2019. He spent the 2018 season as head coach of the women's volleyball program at Bridgewater State.
Gomes also served as an assistant coach for five seasons at Brown University and eight seasons as the head boys volleyball coach at his high school alma mater, Greater New Bedford Regional Voc. Tech. He was also a volunteer assistant coach for the men’s club programs at the University of Rhode Island (2013-2018) and the Community College of Rhode Island (2012-2013).
Gomes, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Recording Arts from New England Institute of Technology in 2014, coached the top 18U team at Blast Volleyball Club from 2012 to 2015 and has served as the head coach for the Coastal Boys team at the Bay State Games since 2011.
A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Gomes is a 2002 graduate of Greater New Bedford where he earned Boston Globe Player of the Year honors in 2002, after helping lead the Bears to a South Sectional title.