Richard Barron is in his fifth year with the Black Bears, and his 16th overall season as a head coach. Coach Barron’s Black Bears have made significant strides in his first four year’s and have already turned the corner on the path to greatness. 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. Maine’s success on the court continued to be matched by its community service and academic efforts. The Black Bears finished the year with the 24th best GPA in the nation (3.399) while spending countless hours off the court giving back to the Black Bear Nation community.
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 son, Billy.