Keith Barnett, the fastest coach in University of Colorado Colorado Springs volleyball history to reach 50 wins, will begin his fourth season as the head coach for the Mountain Lions. Barnett has posted winning seasons in each of his first three seasons and stands third in Mountain Lion records for career victories. He needs eight wins in the 2012 season to tie for second in records. UCCS finished fourth in the RMAC East Division last season, which featured five teams ranked at one point in the AVCA national poll. The Mountain Lions were one of the top defensive teams in the conference in 2011, led by the conference’s top blocker, Nikki Kinzer. The Mountain Lions went 16-12 in the 2010 campaign including an 11-8 conference record. Barnett's squad was then ousted in the RMAC tournament by Mesa State. In 2009, Barnett guided the Mountain Lions to an 18-10 record overall and 13-6 in the RMAC. That record put UCCS in the fourth seed in the RMAC postseason tournament where it faced Colorado Mines. 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 at the World University Games in Beijing, China later that year. After his playing career, he completed his degree in geography from UCCS. 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. Prior to coaching at UCCS, Barnett was 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's father, Ken, played college basketball at Delaware and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1968.