Barrett joins Marshall having previously spent 26 years as a collegiate throws coach. He coached 23 years as the throws coach for the University of Wyoming. He additionally coached throwers for two seasons at the University of Kentucky and for one season at the University of Colorado.
In Barrett’s 23 years at Wyoming, he coached 19 All-Americans, 32 conference champions, 44 conference runner-ups, and 114 all-conference athletes. He coached one national champion in Ryan Butler, the 1996 NCAA National Champion in the indoor 35-pound weight throw. He additionally coached two All-Americans in his time at Kentucky.
Barrett was a collegiate student-athlete himself, competing for Washington State University. He was a letterman and Pac-10 finalist in the hammer throw for the Cougars. He also competed in the discus throw and javelin throw.
Prior to Washington State, he competed for Spokane Falls Community College where he was a three-time All-American, twice in the discus throw and once in the hammer throw.
Barrett graduated from Washington State University in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Leisure Studies.