Barron Named Asst. Women's Basketball Coach

RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State head women's basketball coach Kellie Harper has announced a change to her coaching staff for the 2009-10 season with the hiring of assistant coach Richard Barron.

Barron spent the last two seasons as the Associate Head coach at Baylor. The Tennessee native was the recruiting coordinator for the Lady Bears that landed the consensus top-ranked player (Brittney Griner) and class of 2009.

"We are thrilled to have Richard Barron join our staff and family here at NC State," said Harper. "The experience he brings, both recruiting and on the floor coaching, is invaluable. Because of his time in the Big 12, Richard will strengthen our programs ability to recruit on a national level immediately. He is a quality individual, a strong family man, and a great addition to our program."

During his two seasons in Waco, Texas, Baylor owned a 54-13 record and made a pair of appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a run to the Sweet 16 this past year, before falling to national runner-up Louisville at the RBC Center in Raleigh.

"I'm extremely excited for this chance to work with the coaching staff here at NC State," said Barron. "I've known Kellie, Jon and Stephanie for sometime now and I respect them not only as coaches, but also as people and that's what really pulled me in this direction. The people at NC State."

Barron replaces Walter Mebane, who resigned Monday, June 29, citing personal reasons.

"We appreciate the time Walter spent with us and respect his decision to do what is best for him right now," said Harper. "We wish him all the best in what ever his future holds."

Barron spent six seasons as head coach at Princeton prior to joining the Baylor program. In his tenure at Princeton, Barron posted a 74-91 record after inheriting a team that went 2-25 in the season prior to his arrival. The Tigers posted an 11-16 record his first season and under his guidance, went on to claim the 2005-06 Ivy League title.

He honed his skills before Princeton by spending five seasons at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. During his final season there, Barron led his squad to the first conference championship in school history and a No. 8 national ranking in Division III. He posted a 77-48 record with the Tigers and owns an 11-year head coaching career record of 152-139.

During his tenure at Princeton, Barron coached five players to All-Ivy League honors. In 2006, Princeton had two players, Becky Brown and Meagan Cowher, honored on the first team. It was the first time since 1981 that two of the five first-team positions went to Princeton players. Cowher repeated first-team honors in 2007.

Cowher is the daughter of Bill and Kaye (Young) Cowher – both former NC State star athletes. Younger sister Lauren also played one season at Princeton under Barron.

During the summer of 2006, Barron traveled to Treviso, Italy, with the Phoenix Suns to observe and learn under current New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni. In 1998, he was one of three college coaches selected to serve as a floor coach for the American Basketball League (ABL) combine. Barron has also served as the basketball camp director for Pete Gillen, Jeff Jones and Terry Holland at the University of Virginia and has lectured at numerous high school and summer basketball camps around the country about basketball fundamentals. For three seasons (2003-06), he was the Ivy League Representative for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

Barron, who grew up in Florida and Tennessee, is a 1991 graduate of Kenyon (Ohio) College where he majored in biology. He graduated cum laude after making the dean's list every semester. Barron played both basketball and baseball in college.

Barron and his wife, Maureen, a former Princeton softball coach, are the proud parents of five-year-old twin daughters, Lane and Rae, and a son, Billy, born in August 2006.

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