Darryl LaBarrie, a former Georgia Tech assistant coach with deep Atlanta roots, enters his third season at Georgia State in 2013-14. Prior to his arrival at GSU two years ago, LaBarrie spent the previous two seasons on the staff at Georgia Tech under Paul Hewitt, where he worked on recruiting and with the perimeter players.
In his first season with the Panthers, LaBarrie helped lead the squad to 22 wins, the second most in school history, and the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. GSU finished among the top 20 in the NCAA in scoring defense, defensive field goal percentage, blocked shots and steals.
This past year, he oversaw the recruitment and signing of R.J. Hunter, who went on to earn Kyle Macy Freshman All-America honors and re-write the GSU record book for a freshman.
In his first season with the Yellow Jackets (2009-10), LaBarrie helped lead Tech a 23-13 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tech nearly won the ACC Tournament, falling to Duke, 65-61 in the championship.
During his second season, LaBarrie continued to oversee the development of Iman Shumpert, who led the Yellow Jackets in scoring, rebounds and assists and was named to the All-ACC Second Team as well as the conference’s all-defensive team.
Prior to his stint with the Yellow Jackets, LaBarrie spent two seasons as an assistant coach at East Carolina. LaBarrie helped the Pirates produce the top two three-point shooting seasons in school history and ranked first or second in Conference USA in that category in his two seasons. During the 2008-09 season, ECU made a school-record 261 treys, breaking the mark established the previous year.
A 2001 graduate of Georgia Tech, LaBarrie spent the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach at Campbell University. Prior to joining the Camels’ staff, he served as a coach with the highly regarded Atlanta Celtics AAU program. He also worked as a regional NBA scout for Marty Blake’s Court Report while serving as an assistant coach at Stone Mountain (Ga.) High School.
LaBarrie is no stranger to Georgia State as he earned his master’s degree in sports administration on campus in 2005 while serving as a graduate assistant at Tech. He worked one year in general athletics administration (2003-04), then the following year with the men’s basketball program (2004-05).
LaBarrie earned three letters at Georgia Tech, playing two years under Bobby Cremins and one season for Hewitt. He helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the 2001 NCAA Tournament and received his B.S. in management that year.
He began his collegiate career at Florida A&M, where he earned Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman before transferring to Tech.
A native of Decatur, Ga., LaBarrie was named first-team all-state and Dekalb County Player-of-the-Year as a senior when he led Tucker High School to a state title. He played with former Panther great Shernard Long, forming one of the most formidable tandems in Georgia.
LaBarrie and his wife, Aisha, are the parents of three daughters, Sydney, Kai and Diarra.