April 19, 2011
PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh head basketball coach Jamie Dixon officially announced the appointment of Bill Barton as the program’s Assistant Coach on Tuesday. Barton joins fellow assistant coaches Pat Sandle and Brandin Knight, director of men’s basketball operations Brian Regan, video coordinator Jordan Marks and video assistant Jason Richards as members of Dixon’s staff.
“We are excited about Bill becoming a member of the university community and I know he is ecstatic to be coming back to Pittsburgh,” Dixon said. “With his numerous recruiting contacts, Bill will help us in recruiting, scouting and player development. 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.”
Regarded as one of the top recruiters on the East Coast, Barton arrives at Pitt with over 15 years of combined coaching experience including each of the last four seasons at the NCAA Division I level. He spent the last season as an assistant coach at Marshall University under head coach Tom Herrion, a former Pitt associate head coach from 2007-10. Last year, 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 head coach Ron Everhart’s staff, including two years as associate head coach. Barton played an instrumental role in the recruitment of two-time Atlantic 10 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 rated 28th in the nation by HoopScoop. During his three years at Duquesne, the Dukes made two postseason appearances including an NIT berth and 21-13 record in 2008-09.
“I’m extremely excited to join the Pitt staff and to return to Pittsburgh,” Barton said. “We obviously want to continue the great tradition established at Pitt. The program’s championship success speaks for itself.”
Prior to joining the NCAA Division I coaching ranks, Barton served 10 seasons (1997-2007) as the Head Basketball 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, posted a 255-66 overall record and .794 winning percentage.
Barton specialized in player development as over 70 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 names who played for Barton 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 (10) and Nell (8).
Barton replaces Pat Skerry, who was named the head coach at Towson University on April 10, 2011. Over the last six seasons, Pitt has had five assistant coaches move on to head coaching positions. In addition to Skerry, former Pitt assistants Tom Herrion (Marshall), Mike Rice (Robert Morris), Barry Rohrssen (Manhattan) and Joe Lombardi (Indiana, Pa.) all have gone on to become head coaches.
THE BILL BARTON FILE
Birthdate: July 5, 1960.
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Education: Bachelor of Science—Business, Salem State University, 1989; Master’s degree—Business Administration, Suffolk University, Mass., 1991.
Family: Wife Susan, two daughters Maeve (10) and Nell (8).
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; Three 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) and Will Blalock (2006 Detroit Pistons, 2nd round, 30th overall).