About the coach...
Ron Barba- Women's Basketball
Cuesta hired Ron Barba as the school’s second women’s basketball coach at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year. He replaced the retired Ed Musolff, who led the program for thirty seasons. Barba spent the 2009-10 season as an assistant coach for the Cuesta men’s team, but also adds three decades of coaching experience to the position. He has been successful at every level he has coached.
Ron began coaching at Laguna Middle School in 1976 and went on to coach JV Boys at Morro Bay High. His first varsity position was coaching boys and girls at Surprise High 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 and posted a 115-23 record with three league titles and a CIF crown in 2008. He also earned Los Padres League Girl’s Basketball Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2009 he was selected as the CIF Southern Section Coach of the Year.
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 LaVerne 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.
Ron lives in San Luis Obispo. He has three children- Matt, Courtney and Chaz.