Cortez taking over girls, boys programs at Granada

After a 17-year run at the helm of the Amador Valley High volleyball girls program, Rich Cortez is going home.
A graduate of Granada High School, and a resident of Livermore, Cortez has taken a teaching job at Granada and is taking over both the girls and boys volleyball programs.

Cortez’ oldest kid will be a freshman volleyball player for the Matadors, and he lives close enough to the school to ride his bike, which is why the timing of the move makes sense.
“It’s pretty cool,” Cortez said. “People that know me aren’t surprised. It has nothing to do with volleyball. It effects volleyball, but it wasn’t the reason for the decision. It was about coming home.”
And the timing of the move is allowing Cortez to not only take over the girls program, but he is also taking over the boys program.
“I’ve always wanted to coach guys, so coming here it will be easier to do both,” Cortez said. “I’ll be home earlier and still be able to do things like coach my son’s tee-ball team.”
Cortez had a lot of success at Amador Valley, including 130 wins and two North Coast Section titles in the last six years, so leaving was not easy.
“This is a great opportunity, but it was tough to leave Amador,” Cortez said. “It’s hard to leave the volleyball team, friends I work with and my whole comfort zone. I’m happy with what I accomplished at Amador.”
When it comes right down to it, Cortez is a family man and the basis for the decision comes down to his family. Being able to spend more time at home, see his daughter play and possibly coach her played a big part in the decision.”
“For my family it was a great opportunity and consequently great opportunity for me,” Cortez said. “I said forever that I wasn’t going to be the dad that misses his kids stuff. I want to be the best dad I can be and be there for my wife.”

Matt Smith

  • Chris Markle

    Good luck to Rich at Granada. Glad to see this quality coach staying in EBAL and getting his wish to coach girls and boys.