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Regarded as one of the top recruiters on the East Coast, Barton owns over 19 years of combined coaching experience, including each of the last eight seasons at the NCAA Division I level.
“Bill is a valued member of our program particularly with his expertise 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. His extensive recruiting contacts on the East Coast and in the Northeast region have and will continue to help our program.”
During his tenure at Pitt, Barton has helped the program to a 119-57 record and five postseason appearances. The Panthers have posted 13 wins of top-25 teams, including 10 over top-10 foes, in that span. Pitt won the Big East regular season championship and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in Barton’s first year on the staff.
Barton spent 2010-11 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 postseason Tournament.
Prior to his year 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.
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 and Nell.
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