Bill Barton is in his first year as an assistant coach at Marshall University.
"I am excited to have Bill join our basketball family at Marshall," said Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. "Bill brings a wealth of experience having been a highly successful prep school coach and most recently he has been the associate head coach at Duquesne helping Ron Everhart rebuild that program. Bill's experience and work ethic will be a valuable addition to our program."
Barton arrives in Huntington after spending the past three seasons at Duquesne University including the last two as the associate head coach. A native of Boston, Mass., Barton played an instrumental role in the recruitment of Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team members Damian Saunders (2008) and Melquan Bolding (2009), helped Everhart land a 2008-09 recruiting class rated 28th in the nation by Hoop Scoop while firmly establishing himself as one of the top recruiters in the East.
Barton came to the Dukes' program from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., where he led the basketball program to back-to-back Prep School National Championships in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Barton posted a 255-66 record in winning nearly 80 percent of his games against the top prep programs in the nation while at Notre Dame Prep.
Barton helped build Fitchburg into a powerhouse in his 10 seasons as head coach with over 70 of his former players - including former Duquesne players Shawn James, Kojo Mensah and Robert Mitchell and current Dukes' player Damian Saunders - going on to play at the Division I level. Four of those players - Marcus Douthit (Providence College/2004 Los Angeles Lakers second round, 56th overall), Ryan Gomes (Providence College/2005 Boston Celtics second round, 50th overall) Will Blalock (Iowa State/2006 Detroit Pistons second round, 30th overall) and Michael Beasley (Kansas State/2008 Miami Heat first round, second overall) were drafted by NBA teams.
Some of the other prominent names who played for Barton include: Modibo Diarra (Memphis), Chester Frazier (Illinois), Paul Harris (Syracuse), Lazar Hayward (Marquette), Gary Ervin (Arkansas) and Carl Krauser (Pitt).
Barton, who completed his undergraduate degree in business at Salem State (Mass.) in 1989, added a master's in business administration from Suffolk University (Mass.) in 1991. Barton 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.
Barton and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Maeve and Nell.