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Herd Track and Field Names Barrett Assistant Coach

Jan. 10, 2018

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.--Marshall track and field head coach Jeff Small announced Wednesday the hiring of Paul Barrett as assistant coach for throwing events.

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 joins a coaching staff he is familiar with, being long-time friends with head coach Jeff Small and assistant coach Don Yentes. Barrett and Yentes spent 12 seasons together with Wyoming.

"I'm excited to work with a couple of my old coaching buddies that I have known for years," Barrett said. "They're the main reason I'm here. I also thought it would be a good challenge to come here and I'm excited to coach these athletes in the Conference USA."

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.

Barrett replaces Travis Coleman, who took the throwing coach position at the University of Maryland.

"We hated to lose Travis Coleman to Maryland but we hit a home run with having the privilege to have Paul come to Marshall," head coach Jeff Small said. "I've followed his career over the past 25 years and we couldn't have hired a better coach and I think his résumé speaks for itself."