Rod Barnes

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Rod Barnes
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Cal State Bakersfield
Conference WAC
Biographical details
Born (1966-01-08) January 8, 1966 (age 50)
Playing career
1985–1988 Ole Miss
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990–1993 Livingston (asst.)
1993–1998 Ole Miss (asst.)
1998–2006 Ole Miss
2006–2007 Oklahoma (asst.)
2007–2011 Georgia State
2011–present Cal State Bakersfield
Accomplishments and honors
Naismith College Coach of the Year (2001)
SEC Coach of the Year (2001)
WAC Coach of the Year (2016)

Rodrick Kenneth Barnes (born January 8, 1966) is an American college basketball coach and current head coach of the Cal State Bakersfield Men's Basketball program. He previously served as head coach for the Georgia State University men's basketball team of the NCAA Division I's Colonial Athletic Association.[1] Barnes was also head coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Mississippi.

Playing and early coaching career[edit]

Barnes played college basketball at the University of Mississippi of the NCAA Division I's Southeastern Conference from 1985 to 1988. He earned All-SEC and All-America honorable mention honors in 1988. Barnes earned his Business Administration degree in 1989 and left Ole Miss to become an assistant coach at Livingston University in 1990. In 1993, Barnes returned to Ole Miss to serve as an assistant coach to Rob Evans. Barnes helped coach Ole Miss to consecutive 20-win seasons and NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship berths in 1997 and 1998.

Head coaching career[edit]

When Rob Evans departed for Arizona State University in 1998, Barnes was promoted to head coach of Ole Miss. Barnes coached them for eight seasons, building a 141–109 record. In his first year, Barnes tallied Ole Miss' first-ever NCAA Tournament win. He was named 2001 Naismith College Coach of the Year and the 2001 SEC Coach of the Year after leading Ole Miss to a school-record 27-win season in 2000–01 which included a trip to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship—the deepest NCAA tournament run in school history.

However, Barnes would only garner one other winning season after the Sweet 16 appearance. He was fired after the 2005–06 season in which Ole Miss started 13–3 but lost 13 of their last 14 games. Barnes served as an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma during the 2006–07 season.

On March 19, 2007, Barnes was hired as the head coach of the men's basketball team at Georgia State University of the NCAA Division I's Colonial Athletic Association. On February 26, 2011, it was announced that Barnes would not return as head coach at Georgia State. [1] On March 30th, 2011 Rod Barnes was named head men's basketball coach at Cal State Bakersfield.

In his fifth season in Bakersfield, Barnes led the Roadrunners to the programs' first appearance in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. CSUB earned its berth with a buzzer-beating victory over New Mexico State in the finals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.[2] Barnes' squad fell to Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but he earned a five-year contract extension at the end of the campaign. [3] He was also named a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award, given annually to the top minority coach in NCAA Division I Men's Basketball.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Ole Miss (Southeastern Conference) (1998–2006)
1998–99 Ole Miss 20–13 8–8 T–3rd (West) NCAA Second Round
1999–00 Ole Miss 19–14 5–11 T–5th (West) NIT Quarterfinals
2000–01 Ole Miss 27–8 11–5 1st (West) NCAA Sweet 16
2001–02 Ole Miss 20–11 9–7 3rd (West) NCAA First Round
2002–03 Ole Miss 14–15 4–12 T–5th (West)
2003–04 Ole Miss 13–15 5–11 T–4th (West)
2004–05 Ole Miss 14–17 4–12 T–5th (West)
2005–06 Ole Miss 14–16 4–12 T–5th (West)
Ole Miss: 141–109 50–78
Georgia State (Colonial Athletic Association) (2007–2011)
2007–08 Georgia State 9–21 5–13 12th
2008–09 Georgia State 12–20 8–10 8th
2009–10 Georgia State 12–20 5–13 9th
2010–11 Georgia State 11–18 6–12 9th
Georgia State: 44–79 24–48
Cal St. Bakersfield (Independent) (2011–2013)
2011–12 Cal St. Bakersfield 16–15 CIT First Round
2012–13 Cal St. Bakersfield 14–16
Cal St. Bakersfield (Western Athletic Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Cal St. Bakersfield 13–19 5–11 7th
2014–15 Cal St. Bakersfield 14–19 7–7 T–4th
2015–16 Cal St. Bakersfield 24–8 11–3 T–2nd NCAA First Round
2016–17 Cal St. Bakersfield 0–0 0–0
Cal State Bakersfield: 81–79 23-21
Total: 266-265

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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