Rod Barnes

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Rod Barnes
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Cal State Bakersfield
Biographical details
Born (1966-01-08) January 8, 1966 (age 49)
Playing career
1985–1988 Ole Miss
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Livingston (asst.)
Ole Miss (asst.)
Ole Miss
Oklahoma (asst.)
Georgia State
Cal State Bakersfield
Accomplishments and honors
Naismith College Coach of the Year (2001)
SEC Coach of the Year (2001)

Rod 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. He was named the 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. Barnes was fired at Ole Miss 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.

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 2nd 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 1st 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 1st 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
Cal State Bakersfield: 57–69 12–18
Total: 242–257

      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


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