Oct. 27, 2009
This summer the Crimson ZZU men's basketball blog ran a week-long feature of Q&As with members of the new coaching staff, operations assistant Tim Marrion, coordinator of basketball operations Jared Barrett and the three assistant coaches, Curtis Allen, Jeff Hironaka and Ben Johnson. With the first game quickly approaching, this week you can check out these Q&As once again on www.wsucougars.com.
Next Wednesday head coach Ken Bone will be featured on Cougar Chats series on www.wsucougars.com. Until then you can get to know the rest of the staff. Yesterday was the Q&A with Tim Marrion, today the series continues with Jared Barrett.
Q&A with Jared Barrett, Coordinator of Basketball Operations
Jared Barrett brings eight years of experience as an NCAA Division I assistant coach to WSU as he enters his first season as director of basketball operations for the Cougars. Barrett spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Utah Valley and the previous six at Sacramento State serving in the same capacity. A native of Rexburg, Idaho, Barrett earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Eastern Oregon in 1998, where he played basketball. Barrett and his wife, Aimee, have four children, Jordan, Ashley, Brady and Caeden.
1. Q: What made you decide to move from an assistant coaching position at Utah Valley to the director of basketball operations at WSU?
A: The opportunity to be in the Pac-10, definitely. Plus, I've known coach Bone for awhile because we both coached in the Big Sky and I know he's a really good coach and he's a successful coach. I like the way his teams play. I thought it would be a good opportunity to be able to learn a different style, a different type of play from Coach Bone.
2. Q: What is it about Coach Bone's coaching style that you think has made him a successful coach?
A: I think wherever he's been he's been able to adapt his style a little bit with different circumstances and different players he's able to recruit. I know when he was at Seattle Pacific they played a different style than his teams at Portland State. When he was at the University of Washington they got up and down and were quick and he did a lot of those similar things at Portland State. When I was at Sacramento State, we were similar in the fact that we liked to get up and down, pressure defense, in your face defense, convert turnovers, things like that; which is what I saw him do at Portland State.
3. Q: What made you want to get into basketball coaching?
A: Two things. First, I always wanted to have something to do with basketball. From the time I was a kid I hoped that in my career I'd be able to do something with basketball. The other thing is that I knew I wanted to work with kids. I didn't know what level or what age group, but I knew I wanted to be a mentor to kids.
4. Q: What do you like best about working in college basketball?
A: Working with the players, definitely; the relationships you build with the players and the influence you're able to have on them. Interacting with them on a day-to-day basis, to me is a blast.
5. Q: What was it like being a student-athlete yourself and how does that carry over to being a coach?
A: People have asked me, `What's better, being a player or being a coach?' And just recently somebody asked me that and I hadn't thought about it for awhile. The best way I can probably answer that is if you asked me when I was a player, I would definitely say being a player. If you ask me when I'm a coach, it's definitely being a coach, especially when I'm coaching my kids. I'd much rather coach my kids and watch them play than play myself.
6. Q: What was it like convincing your family to move to Pullman?
A: Everybody individually in my family was different. As a whole, it was tough because I have kids that are going to be in high school and that are in high school so they didn't want to move. It took a little bit of time for them to come around to the idea of moving out here and not just moving away from their home and their friends, but moving to a smaller community. But they're looking forward to being a part of the Pac-10 and coming to the games and all our other sports too.
7. Q: What do you like best about Pullman so far?
A: Everybody here has been great, not just here on campus, but everywhere around town. Probably the best thing so far is coming to work every day because I work with an awesome group of guys.
8. Q: What is your initial impression of Washington State University?
A: Beautiful campus. I haven't been around it a lot on foot or in different buildings, but just driving around campus. It's a small, tight community atmosphere. Everybody here in Pullman is a Cougar fan, so that part of it has been really, really neat.
9. Q: If you weren't coaching basketball, what would you do?
A: Teach. I don't know if I would teach without coaching. Right after I got my degree in college, I went back for another year and got my teaching credential. So if I wasn't coaching college basketball, I would be teaching and coaching high school basketball. If I wasn't doing this right now, I'd probably be back in Utah coaching with my brother and running the boys' side of the basketball program he runs, while he runs the girls'.
10. Q: What is your favorite city to travel to for games/recruiting?
A: My favorite city that I've been to for the Final Four was New Orleans and second would be Indianapolis. New Orleans is number one because of the atmosphere that was there and the great food, I loved the food there. For recruiting and traveling, probably Southern California. It's probably my most hated as well, but there's so much to do down there. I love the beach, I love the water.