A New England native with extensive East Coast prep school recruiting ties, Bill Barton begins his second season at the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant coach. Barton's main responsibilities include recruiting student-athletes, game preparation and on-floor coaching.
Regarded as one of the top recruiters on the East Coast, Barton owns over 16 years of combined coaching experience, including each of the last five seasons at the NCAA Division I level. He spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Marshall University under Tom Herrion, a former Pitt associate head coach from 2007-10. In 2010-11, the Thundering Herd finished 22-12 overall, tied for fifth place in Conference USA with a 9-7 record and received an invitation to compete in the CollegeInsider.com postseason Tournament.
Prior to his stint at Marshall, Barton spent three seasons at Duquesne University (2007-10) on Ron Everhart's staff, including two years as associate head coach. Barton played an instrumental role in the recruitment of two-time Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year Damien Saunders and 2008 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year Shawn James. Saunders scored over 1,000 points and grabbed over 1,000 rebounds in his four-year career.
Barton also helped Everhart sign a 2008-09 recruiting class that ranked 28th in the nation by HoopScoop.com. During his three years at Duquesne, the Dukes made two postseason appearances including an NIT berth and 21-13 record in 2008-09.
"With his numerous contacts, Bill assists us in recruiting, scouting and player development," Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon said. "We are fortunate to have a coach with his well-rounded and vast background. He also has extensive recruiting contacts on the East Coast and in the Big East region."
Prior to joining the NCAA Division I coaching ranks, Barton served 10 seasons (1997-2007) as the Head Coach at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. Barton built the Notre Dame Prep program into a national powerhouse as he guided the school to back-to-back Prep School National Championships in 2005-06 and 2006-07, posting a 255-66 overall record and .794 winning percentage.
Barton specialized in player development as over 70 of his former players went on to earn NCAA Division I scholarships. Five of those players--Marcus Douthit (Los Angeles Lakers, 2nd round, 56th overall in 2004), Ryan Gomes (Boston Celtics, 2nd round, 50th overall in 2005), Will Blalock (Detroit Pistons, 2nd round, 30th overall in 2006), Michael Beasley (Miami Heat, 1st round, 2nd overall in 2008) and Lazar Hayward (Washington Wizards, 1st round, 30th overall in 2010)--were drafted by NBA teams. Some of the other prominent players who attended Notre Dame Prep include: Carl Krauser (Pitt), Modibo Diarra (Memphis), Chester Frazier (Illinois), Paul Harris (Syracuse), Brandon Robinson (Auburn) and Gary Ervin (Arkansas).
Barton, who completed his undergraduate degree in business at Salem State (Mass.) in 1989, earned a master's in business administration from Suffolk University (Mass.) in 1991. He put those degrees to work at Notre Dame Prep, where he also served as the school principal and athletic director as well as an English teacher.
A native of Boston, Mass., Barton and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Maeve (11) and Nell (9).
THE BILL BARTON FILE
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Education: Bachelor of Science-Business, Salem State University, 1989; Master's degree-Business Administration, Suffolk State University (Mass.), 1991.
Family: Wife Susan, two daughters-Maeve (10) and Nell (8).
Assistant Coach, University of Pittsburgh, 2011-current; Assistant Coach, Marshall University, 2010-11; Associate Head Coach, Duquesne University, 2008-10; Assistant Coach, Duquesne University, 2007-08; Head Coach, Notre Dame Prep (Mass.), 1997-2007.
Compiled a 255-66 overall record and .794 winning percentage in 10 seasons at Notre Dame Prep (Mass.); Led Notre Dame Prep to back-to-back Prep School National Championships in both 2005-06 and 2006-07; Under his guidance, Notre Dame also posted over 20 prep tournament and invitational wins; Over 70 of his players at Notre Dame Prep went on to earn NCAA Division I basketball scholarships; Five former players were selected in the NBA Draft: Marcus Douthit (2004 Los Angeles Lakers, 2nd round, 56th overall), Ryan Gomes (2005 Boston Celtics, 2nd round, 50th overall), Will Blalock (2006 Detroit Pistons, 2nd round, 30th overall), Michael Beasley (2008 Miami Heat, 1st round, 2nd overall) and Lazar Hayward (2010 Washington Wizards, 1st round, 30th overall).