Ray Goldbar
Ray  Goldbar

Last College:
Sacramento State '64

Head Coach


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Essentially the founder of intercollegiate gymnastics at UC Davis, Goldbar enters his 17th year at the helm of Aggie women's gymnastics. In 1974, he started the men's and women's varsity gymnastics programs at UC Davis, elevating both from club status.

Goldbar served as head coach for the UC Davis men's team before the program was dropped from varsity status in 1987. He took over the women's program in 1989.

In 1999, Goldbar closed his first decade as head women's gymnastics coach in proper style - by winning the school's first USA Gymnastics Collegiate national title. He also was named USAG Collegiate Coach of the Year.

His leadership later enabled UC Davis to host the national meet in 2001. The Aggies finished second in the meet, and captured three of the five individual titles. In fact, UC Davis has won at least one individual national championship every year from 2000 to 2005.

Goldbar guided the Aggie program into a new era in 1994 when women's gymnastics became a Division I sport at UC Davis. Since then, his teams posted two third-place finishes at USA Gymnastics nationals before reaching the ultimate goal in 1999. The Aggies added another third-place trophy at the 2003 meet in Springfield, Mass., then again in the 2004 meet at Texas Woman's University and in last year's championships at Cornell.

While trying to improve the program to compete at Division I, the Aggies have maintained the consistency necessary to compete among the top teams who participate in the USAG nationals. In 1998, UC Davis qualified for the West Regional, making its first appearance as a team in NCAA D-I postseason. That squad remains the only non-scholarship team ever to compete in the NCAA gymnastics championships.

In his tenure with the women's program, Goldbar's teams have had nine individual national champions, three Heitman Award winners (given to the top female athlete of the year at UC Davis regardless of sport) and 29 individual All-Americans. In 2000, former national champion Jill Henrie was inducted into the Cal Aggie Athletic Hall of Fame, becoming the first gymnast from Goldbar's tenure as women's coach to earn that honor.

Born January 2, 1941 in Van Nuys, Calif., Goldbar graduated from Sacramento State in 1964 with a degree in physical education.

His wife, Molly, is also active in gymnastics and serves as meet director at Aggie home events.