Richard Barron, former head coach at Princeton University, begins his second season as Baylor's associate head women's basketball coach. The Tennessee native joined the staff on May 7, 2007.
As one of his duties with the program, Barron is the team's recruiting coordinator. Through his and the staff's diligent efforts, Baylor is poised to sign the best recruiting class in school history.
"For Richard, as a former head coach, to step back and become an associate head coach speaks volumes about his commitment to Baylor University, to me and our program. Not many people would do that. He is a tremendous asset to our program and I truly respect what he accomplished during his tenure as a head coach," said Mulkey. "He's a genuinely good person, a great family man, a perfect fit for our program."
"There are a lot of things that attracted me to the position at Baylor. I think professionally speaking it is a chance for me to coach in the Big 12 with a Hall of Fame head coach and now that Coach Barmore is on board, it's an even bigger opportunity to learn. Since I became a head coach at 26, I did not have a lot of mentoring in terms of working under people. I kind of learned the hard way about things so this will be a good experience for me. I can see different ways to do things after several years. Just take a step back, observing another way of getting things done," said Barron.
"It's a great situation for me, Waco's a great family town, and Baylor's a great university. In addition, just the way the schedule's work out, it's going to be a better situation for me as a father and a husband. Life was hetic as dual head coaches at Princeton where my wife was the head softball coach, our schedules became difficult. It was more than just demanding, the schedules were almost impossible to manage," continued Barron.
Barron spent six seasons at Princeton prior to joining the Lady Bear basketball 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. Prior to taking the reins of the Princeton program, he spent five seasons at the University of the South. His last season there, Barron led the team to the first conference championship in school history and a national ranking of No. 8 in Division III. He posted a 77-48 record with the Tigers and owns an 11-year career record of 152-139.
During his tenure at Princeton, Barron coached five players to All-Ivy honors on either the first team, second team or honorable mention. In 2006, Princeton had two players, Becky Brown and Meagan Cowher, honored on the first-team All-Ivy. 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.
During the summer of 2006, Barron traveled to Treviso, Italy, with the Phoenix Suns to observe and learn under Suns 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 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 while singing in an all-male a capella group.
Barron and his wife, Maureen, a former Princeton softball coach, are the proud parents of four-year-old twin daughters, Lane and Rae, and a son, Billy, born in August 2006.