|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Georgia Tech|
Darryl LaBarrie, a former Georgia Tech assistant coach with deep Atlanta roots, enters his fifth season at Georgia State in 2015-16. Prior to his arrival at GSU four years ago, LaBarrie spent the previous two seasons on the staff at Georgia Tech under Paul Hewitt, where his primary responsibilities were recruiting and developing the perimeter players.
In each of the last two seasons, LaBarrie has helped guide the Panthers to 25 wins, one of just 20 programs in the country to accomplish the feat. It was capped this past season by a win over No. 3-seed Baylor in the NCAA tournament as the Panthers advanced to the third round for just the second time in school history. Georgia State won both the Sun Belt regular season and tournament titles on the way to the postseason.
The 2013-14 season saw the Panthers win 25 games, win the Sun Belt regular season title and advance to the Postseason NIT for just the second time in school history.
In 2012-13, he oversaw the recruitment and signing of R.J. Hunter, who went on to be a two-time Sun Belt Player of the Year and receive AP All-America honorable mention recognition in each of the last two seasons.
He also recruited Ryan Harrow, a Parade First Team All-American and Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year to play at Georgia State and Manny Atkins, a top-60 recruit out of high school. Harrow was a two-time All-Sun Belt First-Team member.
In his first season with the Panthers, LaBarrie helped the squad to 22 wins, 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.
In his first season with the Yellow Jackets (2009-10), LaBarrie helped 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 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 3-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. 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.