Adam Barrett Named Aztec WBB Assistant Coach
June 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State women's basketball head coach Beth Burns announced the hiring Tuesday of Adam Barrett as an assistant coach. Barrett has extensive experience at both the prep and AAU levels and most recently was an assistant coach at the University at Albany. He joined the Aztecs last week and will be involved in every facet of the program including scouting, recruiting, and player and team development.
"Coach Barrett is an extremely skilled and passionate basketball coach. We have watched his teams perform over the years and what stands out is their attention to detail and flame throwing enthusiasm to play. He's done a terrific job at every level and attacks every task in front of him. Adam will be a big addition to our team and great complement to our current staff."
This past season, Barrett helped the Great Danes to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance after claiming the program's first America East Conference championship. Albany finished its campaign with a 22-9 overall record to set the school's Division I record for victories and had two players garner first-team all-league accolades, including defensive player of the year Ebone Henry. Barrett focused on the Great Danes' defense, particularly in full-court press situations, and helped the squad rank in the top 20 nationally, reaching as high as 15th in scoring defense at 53.4 points per outing.
"I'm really excited to be an Aztec," Barrett said. "I left a great situation at the University at Albany and for me to leave and come here says a lot not just about San Diego State and the athletic department, but about coach Burns and the program that she has built. Being able to learn from coach Burns, not to mention being able to live in a city like San Diego, is what really drew me here."
The Rexburg, Idaho, native moved to Albany after spending one year as the Executive Director of Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, where he was in charge of organizing youth teams, camps and tournaments. He also worked for two years as an instructor with the Nike Regional Skills Academy and started the Utah Swoosh girls' club program, which produced 13 Division I signees from 2009-12.
Barrett was a highly successful prep coach in the Pacific Northwest, including five years at Auburn Riverside High School in Auburn, Wash. He compiled a 105-32 overall record with the Ravens and helped the program go from 5-13 in the year prior to his arrival to back-to-back state championships in 2007 and 2008. Auburn Riverside recorded its first winning season in school history in his inaugural campaign at the helm and a year later, made the first state tournament appearance in either boys or girls basketball.
Barrett's squads went 74-12, including a 45-1 mark in league action, over his final three seasons with the Ravens and were ranked in the top-20 nationally twice. He was tabbed the state coach of the year in both 2007 and 2008 and tutored two state players of the year.
He originally began his coaching career at his alma mater, Eastern Oregon University, where he was an assistant men's coach from 2001-02. He then joined the prep ranks at Grant Union High School in Oregon from 2001-03, helping the girls' basketball team to a 10-win improvement from his first to his second season, as well as a league title in 2003. He also coached the Prospector volleyball squad, which finished second at the state tournament in 2002.
A 2002 graduate of Eastern Oregon with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education, he has worked as a personal trainer for current New York Knicks center Dan Gadzuric. Barrett and his wife, Stephanie, will reside in San Diego with their one-year-old son, Cash.
The Adam Barrett File
Wife, Stephanie, and son, Cash
Madison High School
Eastern Oregon, 2002
University at Albany (Women's Assistant Coach)
Tarkanian Basketball Academy (Executive Director)
Utah Swoosh Basketball - Girls' AAU (Director)
Auburn Riverside (Wash.) High School (Girls' Head Coach)
Grant Union (Ore.) High School (Girls' Head Coach)
Grant Union (Ore.) High School (Girls' Volleyball Head Coach)
Eastern Oregon University (Men's Assistant Coach)
Basketball Coaching Accomplishments
- NCAA Tournament, 2012
- America East Conference Champions, 2012
- Girls' Basketball State Coach of the Year, 2008, 2007
- Girls' Basketball Class 3A State Champions, 2008, 2007