Jonathon Barbaree enters his third season with the Georgia State program and his second year under head coach Baldwin-Tener.
'J.B.' has 15 years experience on women’s college basketball staffs.
In 2009-10 with 15-15 GSU, the Panthers led the CAA in defense (55.3 points) to rank No. 20 in the NCAA. The Panthers also led the CAA in steals and ranked No. 22 in the NCAA in that category.
On the court in 2010-11, Chan Harris was All-CAA third team and Kendra Long was an All-CAA rookie team pick, while in 2009-10, Danyiell McKeller was All-CAA second team honoreee. The team earned the school’s CHAMPS/Life Skills award for most community work.
Barbaree spent four years as an assistant coach at Furman University from the 2004-08 seasons under head coach Sam Dixon. The Furman program was singled out as one of the NCAA’s top 10 percent in the Academic Progress Report (APR) that reflects a school’s four-year success ratio.
Barbaree had spent the previous nine years on the staff with Georgia College and State University women’s basketball program under head coach John Carrick. Coach Barbaree was a full-time assistant coach for four years after serving two as a graduate assistant and three as a student assistant at GCSU prior to Furman.
While at Furman, Melissa Liebschwager won the 21st annual ESPN 3-Point championship held in Detroit during the Final Four. Junior Lee Stephens was All-Southern Conference first team, averaging 15.6 points and making 90 assists.
The Bobcats of GCSU advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament as Peach Belt Tournament champions in two of his final three years. The Lady Bobcats of GCSU reached the Sweet Sixteen in 2004.
The 2002 team that won the Peach Belt Tournament did so by becoming the lowest seed in conference history to sweep through the four games and earn the championship and the NCAA bid.
With his recruiting experience in the southeast and his on court knowledge, Barbaree made the transition to Georgia State smoothly and with immediate impact. His basketball experience also includes working the 2008-09 year with Peach State Basketball, where he assisted with their Scouting Service as well as their individual workout programs for high school girls’ basketball.
He is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Barbaree is an Atlanta native and graduate of Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga. He received his undergraduate degree in business management in 1998 and his master’s degree at GCSU. At Rockdale, Barbaree earned varsity letters in both basketball and baseball with the Bulldogs.