Former U.S. National Team member Barnett to coach UCCS volleyball team
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs athletic director Stephen Kirkham announced Monday that Keith Barnett had been hired as the school's new womens volleyball coach.
Barnett was a member of the U.S. National Team from 2001-02 and also 2005-06.
A second-team all-American in 2001 at Pepperdine, Barnett went on to earn a gold medal to the World University Games in Beijing, China later that year. He actually received his degree in Geography from UCCS after his playing career concluded.
That playing career not only encompassed his time at Pepperdine and with the U.S. National Team. He also played professionally in Halen, Belgium, for three seasons as well as one each in Spain and Romania.
Over the past two seasons, Barnett has been the volleyball coach at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs. He led the Rams to a third-place finish in the Colorado Class 5A State Tournament in 2008 after a Sweet 16 season in 2007.
Barnett, 30, replaces Jessica Wood, who had previously been promoted to an assistant athletic director position. UCCS went 78-68 during Woods five years as coach, earning its first ever berth in the NCAA tournament in 2007. Woods' teams qualified for the RMAC playoffs four times.
I want to continue to build this program and get a shot at the RMAC title, said Barnett.I think that's everyone's goal.
Barnett's father, Ken, played college basketball at Delaware and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1968.
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