Entering his sixth season as the head coach of the Princeton women's basketball team in 2006-07, Richard Barron took another step in the program's turnaround process in 2004-05 with a tenure-high 13 wins. In three seasons Barron has coached six conference all-rookie honorees and five All-Ivy selections at Princeton. He enters the 2005-06 season with a 40-69 record on Old Nassau and an even 117-117 overall between his four years at Princeton and five prior at the University of the South.
Last season, Meagan Cowher emerged as the team's second-leading scorer and earned a .500 shooting percentage, third in the conference, garnering her Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors. She was joined on the all-rookie team by Ariel Rogers, while Katy O'Brien (honorable mention) and Rebecca Brown (second team) earned All-Ivy accolades.
In 2001, Barron took over a team that went just 2-25 the year before. Princeton won six of its first 10 games and opened the Ivy season with an impressive win over Penn. Barron's squad also upended Harvard, giving the eventual Ivy champion Crimson their only conference loss of the year. The Tigers suffered ups and downs in Barron's first season, but ended the year with wins in three of its last four games, including a 66-65 win over Penn to complete their first season sweep of the Quakers since 1996-97. Barron won as many games in that first season as Princeton had won the two previous years combined. In his following season, he coached the Tigers to a 9-19 overall record and boasted his first-ever recruiting class that included leading scorer Rebecca Brown, an All-Rookie selection. With only two seniors to set the pace during the 2003-04 season, Barron recruited two more all-rookie picks and led the Tigers to numerous close finishes including a one-point loss to ACC's Georgia Tech. Prior to his appointment at Princeton, Barron coached at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he had a 77-48 record in five years. His 2000-01 team went 18-7, won the first conference championship in school history and was ranked as high as No. 8 nationally in Division III. His last three teams had the three highest single-season win totals in school history, including a record 20 wins in 1999-2000.
Rebuilding is not a new term for Barron. He stepped into a program at Sewanee that had not had a winning record in a decade and led it to a conference championship and national ranking within five years. Barron took over at the University of the South (also known as Sewanee) in 1996 and immediately led the Tigers to their first winning season in 10 years. Sewanee won more games in Barron's first four seasons than in the previous 10 years combined.
The University of the South led the nation in three-pointers made each of his last two years, including 8.4 per game in 2000-01. The Sewanee Tigers also led the nation in scoring offense in 1999-2000 and were 11th in 2000-01 at 77.6 points per game. Sewanee finished that season ranked second of 64 teams in the NCAA South Region.
Barron coached three women to All-America teams while at Sewanee: Michelle Chambers (1998-99, 1999-2000), Jen Bulkeley (1999-2000) and Kim Fauls (1996-97). Bulkeley was named the NCAA Woman of the Year from the state of Tennessee and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner. She also won a Fulbright Scholarship, was a Rhodes scholar runner-up and earned her master's degree at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
In his first season at Princeton, Barron helped Allison Cahill earn All-Ivy honors and Karen Bolster land on the All-Ivy Rookie team. Maureen Lane was named second-team All-Ivy the next season, while Rebecca Brown was a four-time Rookie of the Week and on the All-Rookie team. Meanwhile, both Katy Digovich and Casey Lockwood garnered All-Rookie accolades and Becky Brown earned All-Ivy second team honors last season.
Barron lived in Florida until he was 12 and moved to Knoxville, Tenn. He majored in biology at Kenyon, where he graduated cum laude in 1991 after being a dean's list student every semester. A student-athlete himself, Barron played both basketball and baseball in college while singing in an all-male a capella group, the Kokosingers.
In addition to his basketball coaching responsibilities at Sewanee, he also served at various times as assistant football coach, assistant field hockey coach, sports information director and a physical education instructor.
Prior to his appointment at Sewanee, Barron was a science teacher at Providence Day School in Charlotte, N.C. He assisted coach David Price, one of the nation's winningest high school coaches, while at Providence Day. Barron helped guide the boys' varsity team to a state tournament appearance. He also served as an assistant coach with the men's team at Sewanee for four years before coaching the women. As the men's assistant coach, he helped the team to four consecutive winning seasons that included a school record for wins.
In 1998, Barron 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 schools and basketball camps around the country about basketball fundamentals. In 2003-04, he was deemed the Ivy League Representative for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Barron and his wife, Princeton softball coach Maureen Davies Barron, reside in Hopewell, N.J. with their two-year-old twin daughters, Lane and Rae.
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