Barnes hired to lead Youngstown State

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Former Michigan Tech head coach John Barnes has reached another milestone in his coaching career.

Barnes was named head coach at Division I?Youngstown State Friday for his first top job in Division I.

It is also his first head coaching position since leaving Michigan Tech in 2010.

Barnes had just completed his second year as an assistant to another former Tech coach, Kevin Borseth, first at Michigan in 2011-12 and then at Wisconsin-Green Bay after Borseth moved back to coach the nationally ranked Phoenix.

He left Tech to take an assistant’s job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but was ousted along with the rest of the staff after one season. He briefly went to Marquette before finding a job under Borseth in Ann Arbor.

Barnes, an Escanaba native, jumps on to a program picking up speed. Though UWGB has been the unquestioned leader in the Horizon League for some time and beat YSU twice by double digits last season, the Penguins have made massive improvement in recent years.

Youngstown went 0-30 in 2009-10 before hiring Bob Boldon to be head coach. Boldon won six and 10 games in his first two seasons before YSU leapt to 23-11 this year, good for second in the league, and earned a berth in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Boldon left Youngstown last week to take over at Ohio University.

The Penguins will return four starters and add two transfer players next season.

At Tech, Barnes coached seven seasons and was 156-55, leading the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament five times, the Elite Eight twice (2009-10) and was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coach of the year three times.