On March 5, 2018, University of Maine Director of Athletics Karlton Creech announced that Richard Barron will become the 22nd head coach of the Maine men’s basketball team.
Barron previously served as a Special Assistant to the Director Athletics at UMaine since December 1, 2017. He was the head coach of the UMaine women’s basketball team from 2011 to 2017 before taking a medical leave of absence in January 2017.
In 2018-19, Barron will enter his 18th season as a head coach. As head coach of the UMaine women’s team, he brought the program back to its winning ways, putting together a winning season in his third season in 2013-14. Barron put together back-to-back 20 win seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16, and was named the America East Coach of the Year after the 2015 season.
The Black Bears went to the postseason for three consecutive seasons after going 4-24 in 2013-14. In seven seasons at Maine, Barron compiled a record of 85-89, along with an overall head coaching record of 232-228. In the America East, Barron owns a record of 46-34 and two regular season championships.
The 2018-19 season won’t be Barron’s first coaching men. His first collegiate coaching position from 1991-95 was an assistant coach for the University of the South-Sewanee men’s team. He took his first head coaching position the following season, taking the helm of the University of the South-Sewanee women’s team, where he posted a 77-48 record.
Following the 2015-16 seasons, in which Barron guided the Black Bears back to their second-straight WNIT berth after capturing another America East regular season title, Barron agreed to a four-year extension with the University of Maine
The year would see Maine reach the America East Championship game and once again return to the WNIT after a 26 win campaign, one short of the school record. The Black Bears went undefeated on their home court, moving their home win streak to 19-0. The home crowds continued to grow as Maine was top in the conference and second in New England, only to UConn, in attendance (2,008).
Barron’s mentoring throughout the 2014-15 season guided the Black Bears to their highest achievement of success in over 10 years as Maine reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2004-05 and totaled its highest amount of wins (23) in 11 years. The success of 2014-15 brought Maine back into the national picture as it reached a #19 ranking in the College Insider Mid-Major Top-25, returned to the WNIT for the first time since 2005 and captured the 2015 America East Regular Season Co-Championship.
Baylor compiled a 54-13 record to go along with two trips to the NCAA tournament, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2008-09; in the two seasons Barron was with the Bears’ staff.
Barron began his Division I head coaching career at Princeton as he spent six seasons at the helm of the Tigers’ program. After taking over the program fresh off a 2-25 season prior to his arrival, Barron guided the Tigers to an 11-16 record in his first season, making Princeton one of the most improved teams in the country that year. During his six years at Princeton, Barron managed the Tigers to an Ivy League title in 2005-06, setting a school record for overall wins (21-7) and conference wins (12-2). Barron mentored five different players to All-Ivy League honors while at Princeton.
Before his time at Princeton, Barron spent five seasons at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn, compiling a 77-48 record during his tenure. In his final season at the University of the South, Barron guided the squad to its first ever conference championship and a No. 8 national ranking in Division III.
Prior to his time coaching the Sewanee women, Barron was the assistant men’s coach at Sewanee for four years. Barron came to the University of Maine with an 11-year head coaching career record of 152-139.
In the summer of 2006, Barron looked to expand his coaching knowledge as he traveled to Treviso, Italy with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns to observe and study under current New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni. In 1998, Barron was one of just three collegiate coaches selected to serve as a floor coach at the American Basketball League’s combine. He also served as the Ivy League Representative for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association from 2003-06.
Barron, who grew up in both Florida and Tennessee, graduated from Kenyon College with a B.S. in biology. He graduated cum laude after being named to the dean’s list all eight semesters. Barron played both basketball and baseball while at Kenyon.
Barron and his wife, Maureen, a former Princeton softball coach, are the proud parents of twin daughters, Lane and Rae, and younger son, Billy.