J. D. Barnett

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J. D. Barnett
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1944-01-10) January 10, 1944 (age 70)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1970–1971
1971–1972
1973–1977
1977–1979
1979–1985
1985–1991
1994–1999
2004–2005
Lenoir–Rhyne
High Point
West Texas State (asst.)
Louisiana Tech
VCU
Tulsa
Northwestern State
Hawaii Pacific
Head coaching record
Overall 356–272
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
MVC Regular Season Championship (1987)
MVC Tournament Championship (1986)
Awards
MVC Coach of the Year (1987)

J. D. Barnett (born January 10, 1944) is a former head basketball coach at several Division I institutions, the most high-profile being Virginia Commonwealth University, where his most notable win consisted of a buzzer-beater NCAA Tournament win over Jim Calhoun's Northeastern Huskies. He is also well known for being a mentor of Tubby Smith, the current head coach at Texas Tech University. Most notably, Barnett taught Smith the philosophy of ball-line defense,[1] which is a strategy that requires all defenders to stay between the line of the ball and the baseline. He was most recently the head coach and athletic director at Division II Hawaii Pacific.[2]

Barnett graduated from Winona State University in 1970,[3] playing varsity baseball and basketball. He was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 2002.

Coaching career[edit]

Barnett has a career record of 317–229 (.580) in Division I basketball, including 7 NCAA Tournament appearances. During his stay at Virginia Commonwealth, Barnett led the Rams to 5 NCAA tournament appearances, with 4 of those resulting in 1st round victories.[4] In his first two years at Tulsa, he led the Golden Hurricane to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. Both of those, however, resulted in 1st round exits.[5] That was the last time J.D. Barnett made the NCAAs.

Also, Maurice Cheeks, former head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, was recruited by and played under Barnett while he was an assistant coach at West Texas State. While at West Texas State, Barnett is credited with organizing "The Cager Club", a support group which helped the basketball program.

In addition, Tom Izzo was hired by Barnett to be his recruiting coordinator at Tulsa. Izzo left a low paying student assistant position with Jud Heathcote to take the position with Tulsa. That experiment lasted all of seven weeks before Jud called Izzo offering him an assistant coaching position back in East Lansing.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Lenoir–Rhyne Bears (Division II Independent) (1970–1971)
1970–71 Lenoir–Rhyne 17–9
Lenoir–Rhyne: 17–9
High Point (Division II Independent) (1971–1972)
1971–72 High Point 13–16
High Point: 13–16
Louisiana Tech (Southland) (1977–1979)
1977–78 Louisiana Tech 6–21 2–8 T–5th
1978–79 Louisiana Tech 17–8 6–4 T–2nd
Louisiana Tech: 23–29 8–12
VCU Rams (Sun Belt) (1979–1985)
1979–80 VCU 18–12 8–6 5th NCAA 1st Round
1980–81 VCU 24–5 9–3 T–1st NCAA 2nd Round
1981–82 VCU 17–11 7–3 2nd
1982–83 VCU 24–7 12–2 T–1st NCAA 2nd Round
1983–84 VCU 23–7 11–3 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1984–85 VCU 26–6 12–2 1st NCAA 2nd Round
VCU: 132–48 59–19
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (Missouri Valley) (1985–1991)
1985–86 Tulsa 23–9 10–6 T–2nd NCAA 1st Round
1986–87 Tulsa 22–8 11–3 1st NCAA 1st Round
1987–88 Tulsa 8–20 4–10 7th
1988–89 Tulsa 18–13 10–4 T–2nd
1989–90 Tulsa 17–13 9–5 T–2nd NIT 1st Round
1990–91 Tulsa 18–12 10–6 3rd NIT 1st Round
Tulsa: 106–75 54–34
Northwestern State Demons (Southland) (1994–1999)
1994–95 Northwestern State 13–14 8–10 6th
1995–96 Northwestern State 5–21 3–15 10th
1996–97 Northwestern State 13–15 8–8 T–4th
1997–98 Northwestern State 13–14 10–6 T–2nd
1998–99 Northwestern State 11–15 8–10 T–7th
Northwestern State: 55–79 37–49
Hawaii Pacific Sea Warriors (Pacific West) (2004–2005)
2004–05 Hawaii Pacific 10–16
Hawaii Pacific: 10–16
Total: 356–272

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Medcalf, Myron (2008-11-26). "Tubby Smith's top priority: Guard the ball". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  2. ^ Campany, Jerry (2005-05-12). "HPU's AD/basketball coach resigns". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Men's Basketball Coaches Career" (Search for J.D. Barnett under the appropriate settings). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  4. ^ Basketball State
  5. ^ Basketball State

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