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Ron Barba- Women's Basketball 

Coach Ron Barba


Coach Ron Barba enters his ninth year at the helm of the women's basketball program at Cuesta College. He replaced Ed Musolff, who led the program for thirty years.

Coach Barba prior to accepting the women’s position at Cuesta College was an assistant coach for Coach Rusty Blair during the 2009-10 season.

Coach Barba has been successful coaching at the  junior high, high school  and college levels. He has an overall record of 378 wins and 262 losses for both high school and college.  Ron began coaching at Laguna Middle School in San Luis Obispo in 1976, and went on to coach JV Boys at Morro Bay High. His first varsity position was coaching boys and girls varsity teams at Surprise Valley High School  and he moved on to win league titles for the boy’s teams at Cuyama Valley, Righetti and St Joseph. He posted a 179-161 record and won four league titles from 1986 to 2001. In 1984 and 1989, Barba was named boys’ coach of the year. In 2004-05 he moved over to coach the women’s team at St Joseph high School and posted a 115-23 record with three league titles and a CIF crown in 2008. He also earned Los Padres League Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2009, he was selected as the CIF Southern Section Coach of the Year. At Cuesta College Coach Barba has guided the Cougars to 113 wins, 110 losses, three state playoff appearances and was named Coach of the Year in the Western State Conference during the 2012-2013 season.

Ron earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies/PE at CSU Stanislaus, while also playing on the Warriors’ basketball team. He earned his teaching credential at Cal Poly and then spent a year playing professionally in Australia. Barba earned his Master’s Degree in Education Management at La Verne University in 1991 and moved into administration. He served as an Athletic Director for the Cuyama Joint Unified School District from 1986-91 and was the school district’s Superintendent from 1992-1998. He earned the “Crystal Apple” award as Santa Barbara County’s Administrator of the Year in 1996. He served as the Los Olivos School District Superintendent from 1998-2003. In addition, under his leadership his schools earned the prestigious California Distinguished School Award for Cuyama Valley High School and twice for the Los Olivos School District.

He also was the founder of Olive Grove Charter School District in Los Olivos.

Ron was born, raised and currently resides in San Luis Obispo. He has three children- Matt, Chaz and Courtney.