May 7, 2007
WACO, Texas -
Richard Barron, former head coach at Princeton University, has been named Baylor's associate head women's basketball coach, Lady Bears' head coach Kim Mulkey announced today. He begins his duties immediately.
"For Richard as a 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. I can't tell you how happy I am to have him associated with our program, and truly respect what he's been able to accomplish in his tenure as a head coach" said Mulkey.
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 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 151-139.
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.
Last summer, 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 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, the former Princeton softball coach, are the proud parents of three-year-old twin daughters, Lane and Rae, and a son, Billy, born in August 2006.
"Princeton was a wonderful experience both professionally and personally for Maureen and me. It will always be a special place for us. On the other hand, we're eager and excited to come to Baylor and look forward to joining the Waco community," said Barron. "I am extremely excited about working with Kim. She is a Hall of Fame coach and I can learn a lot from her. At the same time, I feel that I can help the program by bringing my experience. I am eager to help bring a second NCAA championship to Baylor."