CEDAR CITY, Utah, July 8 – Jared Barrett, an assistant on Southern Utah University’s 2012-13 men’s basketball staff has been named head coach at Eastern Oregon University, EOU Athletics Department announced today.

Barrett will be returning to his roots, as he played two seasons for the Mountaneers, earning the team’s Most Valuable Player honors following the 1996-97 seasons. Barrett received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from EOU and his first collegiate coaching position was as an assistant in the Mountaineer program.

Following two seasons at EWU, Barrett spent six years as an assistant coach at Sacramento State, two at Utah Valley and three at Washington State before joining the Thunderbirds when Nick Robinson took over the SUU program as head coach last year.

“I am grateful for the opportunity Coach Nick Robinson and [SUU Director of Athletics] Ken Beazer gave me to be a part of such a great staff, program, school and community,” Barrett said. “I have appreciated the good people in Cedar City and their friendship in welcoming my family.

“I also appreciate Coach Robinson for bringing me to SUU and supporting me in moving forward in my career,” Barrett added. “Though I was only here a short time I will always be a fan and hope to be back again someday.”

“I’m extremely excited for Jared,” Coach Robinson said. “To be named the head coach at his alma mater in a great league – it’s a fantastic fit. It’s a great opportunity for him and his family and we wish him all the best.”

Barrett takes over a program that won a school-record 28 games en route to a 28-5 mark during the 2012-13 campaign. The Mountaineers advanced to the NAIA national tournament for the sixth consecutive time last year and was the NAIA’s top-ranked team at times during the season before finishing out as the 20th-ranked team in the nation.

Eastern Oregon is located in La Grande, Ore.

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