Milton Barnes (basketball)

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Milton Barnes
Personal information
Born (1957-11-29) November 29, 1957 (age 59)
Oakley, Michigan
Nationality American
Career information
High school Saginaw (Saginaw, Michigan)
College Albion (1975–1979)
NBA draft 1979 / Undrafted
Position Head coach
Coaching career 1979–present
Career history
As coach:
1979–1980 Albion College (asst.)
1980–1982 Kent State (asst.)
1982–1983 Detroit (asst.)
1983–1985 Eastern Michigan (asst.)
1985–1986 Detroit (asst.)
1986–1988 Minnesota (asst.)
1988–1991 Albion HS
1991–1996 Minnesota (asst.)
1996–2000 Eastern Michigan
2000–2001 Harlem Globetrotters
2001–2002 Greenville Groove
2005–2006 Nigeria (asst.)
2007–2008 Senegal (asst.)
2007–2009 SMU (asst.)
2010–present U.S. Virgin Islands
Career highlights and awards

Milton David Barnes (born November 29, 1957) is an American basketball coach who is currently head coach of the U.S. Virgin Islands national basketball team.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Oakley, Michigan, Barnes graduated from Saginaw High School in 1975 and Albion College in 1979. At Albion, Barnes played basketball for four seasons and led Albion to the 1978 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title and third place in the 1978 NCAA Division III Tournament.[1][2]

Coaching career[edit]

He was an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota from 1986 to 1988 and 1991 to 1996 under Clem Haskins.[3] He later became head coach of Albion High School, where he compiled a 65-11 record from 1988 to 1991, including a 26-1 record and a Class B state championship game appearance in his final season.[3] Also, he is the former head coach of Eastern Michigan University and of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. He also coached the NBDL's Greenville Groove to a league championship.[4] Barnes was also associate head coach at SMU from 2007 to 2009.[1]

In 2009, the Minnesota Timberwolves hired Barnes as a scout.[5] In 2010, he became the head men’s basketball coach of U.S. Virgin Islands national basketball team.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Barnes and his wife Lyn have three children; sons Andre and Milton Jr. and a daughter Alexis. His son Andre is a student-athlete in track and field at Michigan.

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference) (1996–2000)
1996–97 Eastern Michigan 22–10 11–7 4th
1997–98 Eastern Michigan 20–10 13–5 3rd (West) NCAA First Round
1998–99 Eastern Michigan 5–20 5–13 5th (West)
1999–00 Eastern Michigan 15–13 9–9 3rd (West)
Eastern Michigan: 62–53
Total: 62–53

      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


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Greenville 2001–02 56 36 20 .643 1st in NBDL 5 4 1 .800 Won NBDL Championship
Career 56 36 20 .643 5 4 1 .800


  1. ^ a b "Milton Barnes". Southern Methodist University. 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ Markus, Don (March 5, 1998). "Best, worst of MAC times". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "EMU will not renew Barnes' contract". Eastern Michigan University. Archived from the original on March 16, 2002. 
  4. ^ "Barnes to Coach Greenville of NBDL". NBA Development League. June 11, 2001. Archived from the original on December 8, 2001. 
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