John Barnes Named Assistant Coach
June 7, 2011
"I'm extremely excited to have John as part of our family," said Mitchell. "He has had a tremendous amount of success from the time he was a player to when he was a head coach. He brings great knowledge to the game, passion for teaching and a pure love for the game of basketball. Those qualities impressed all of us; and he has immediately captured the vision we have for this program. He will help continue the tradition we have here at Marquette and help take this program to even higher levels."
Barnes brings a wealth of coaching experience to Milwaukee, as he served as the head coach at Michigan Tech for seven seasons (2003-2010). During his lone season as an assistant coach at Wisconsin in 2010-11, Barnes helped the Badgers to tie for third in the Big Ten and rank among the conference's top three programs in six offensive categories.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with a great head coach and an experienced staff," said Barnes. "Between the success they had this season and knowing the team will be young next season, I hope to make a big impact. The BIG EAST Conference is a one of the premier conferences in the country and to compete against some of the best programs and coaches motivates me to work even harder to help Marquette reach new heights."
Barnes guided Michigan Tech to winning records in all seven seasons, compiling an overall record of 156-55 (.739). The Huskies advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship five times during his tenure, including Elite Eight appearances in 2009 and 2010.
Tech won three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championships and two tournament titles under Barnes. The Huskies were 104-30 (.750) in GLIAC games during his tenure.
Barnes earned GLIAC Coach of the Year accolades three times in his career (2005-06, 2008-09 and 2009-10) and was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year in 2009-10.
Prior to taking the controls of the Huskies' women's program, Barnes played an integral role in building the men's program into one of national prominence. During his six-year tenure as assistant coach, the Tech men compiled a 133-48 record and made four appearances in the NCAA Division II tournament. The Huskies also won four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and two GLIAC tournament championships.
The Escanaba, Mich., native was a member of Michigan Tech's men's basketball team from 1991-95. He competed in 102 games for the Huskies and earned a spot on the GLIAC All-Defensive Team during the 1994-95 season.
"I'm really excited about the impact he is going to have on our guards. With his offensive knowledge and mindset, he will be able to contribute to how we are going to do things going forward," added Mitchell.
Barnes graduated from Michigan Tech in May 1995 with a bachelor's degree in scientific and technical communication. He went on to serve as junior varsity girls' basketball coach at Baraga (Mich.) High School during the fall of 1995. That same year, Barnes began as junior varsity boys' basketball coach at Chassell (Mich.) High School but left early to accept the assistant men's basketball coaching position at Lake Superior State, where he helped guide the Lakers to the GLIAC title during the 1995-96 campaign.
In 1996-97, Barnes played for the Kolding Basketball Club in Denmark, where he helped the team to an 18-1 record. He also served as the head coach for St. Nicolai, a men's travel team in Denmark.
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