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Milton Barnes enters his second season as associate head men's basketball coach at SMU after being appointed by head coach Matt Doherty on July 13, 2007. Barnes came to the Hilltop with championship coaching and administrative experience at every level of basketball over the last 28 years.
His coaching experience includes an NBDL title with Greenville (S.C.) in 2002, a Goodwill Games Gold Medal with Team USA in 1998, and a Mid-American Conference Tournament crown as the head coach at Eastern Michigan in 1998. He has also helped several players reach the NBA, including Bobby Jackson and Earl Boykins.
"His varied experiences are a great asset to our coaching staff and our student-athletes," says Doherty. "He will be a great representative for Mustang Basketball."
At the professional level, Barnes has spent the last two seasons as a college scout for the Washington Wizards of the NBA. There he scouted 2007 draftees Nick Young and Dominic McGuire. In 2001-02, Barnes was the head coach and general manager for the NBDL in Greenville, S.C. guiding Greenville to the inaugural NBDL Championship. He had several players move on to the NBA including Ansu Sesay (Seattle Supersonics), Billy Thomas (New Jersey Nets/Washington Wizards), Kimani Ffriend (Miami Heat) and others who played overseas. His NBDL title was book-ended by one-year stints with Harlem Globetrotters, the second as head coach and general manager. He has also been involved with numerous NBA pre-draft camps and was the Commissioner of the World Basketball League in 2003-04, a league of NBA hopefuls that had expired their college eligibility.
"I am honored to be a part of one of the nation's great universities and great cities," stated Barnes. "I am blessed to work with outstanding coaches in Matt Doherty and his staff. It is my privilege to be part of the resurgence of SMU onto the college basketball scene."
At the collegiate level, Barnes went 62-53 in four years at Eastern Michigan (1996-2000). Barnes led the Eagles to the 1998 Mid-American Conference Tournament Title and the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Under his guidance, guard Earl Boykins won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation's best player shorter than 6 feet before going on to play in the NBA. His other collegiate coaching stops included two stints at Minnesota; as an assistant from 1986-88 and as associate head coach from 1991-96 where he recruited and assisted in development of NBA players Willie Burton (Miami Heat), Bobby Jackson (New Orleans), Quincy Lewis (Utah Jazz), John Thomas (New Jersey/Minnesota), Sam Jacobson (LA Lakers) and others. Barnes also served two years at Detroit (1982-83 and 1985-86), two seasons at Eastern Michigan (1983-85), a pair of seasons at Kent State (1980-82), and a season at his alma mater, Albion College (1979-80). He was also the head coach for the Organizer News All-Stars (1980).
Barnes' involvement in international basketball has included time as an assistant coach for Senegal's National Team during the 2007 Africa Games. He served in a similar role for the Nigerian National Team during the 2006 World Basketball Championships in Japan. Barnes' first international coaching stint was an assistant coach for the 1998 USA Basketball team, which won the Gold Medal at the Goodwill Games in New York.
From 1988-91, Barnes was the athletic director and head basketball coach at Albion High School in Albion, Mich. In 1991, Barnes was named MHSSA Coach of the Year as his team finished 26-1 and advanced to the Class B State Championship game. Barnes went 65-11 in three seasons, winning three consecutive district and regional titles. In 2004-05, Barnes ran the athletic and recreational sports programs at Eagle Point School in Buckeye, Ariz.
Barnes was a three-time All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association performer at Albion College from 1975-79. In 1978, he helped the school to its first MIAA title since 1957 and eventually finished third in the NCAA Division III Tournament. In 1979, he was named NCAA All-Region and All-MIAA first team after two selections to the league's second team. Barnes finished with 1,137 points in his career and is a 1995 inductee into the Albion College Hall of Fame.
Barnes and his wife Lyn have three children; sons Andre and Milton Jr. (9) and a daughter Alexis (11). His son Andre is a student-athlete in track and field at Michigan.