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"J.D." Joseph D. Barnett: Hall of Fame Inductee

For “J.D.” Barnett, his successful career in athletics had its roots in the baseball and basketball programs at Winona State University.

After sharpening his skills in collegiate basketball as a Warrior, helping WSU win a pair of conference baseball championships, and spending ten years in the Pittsburgh Pirates professional baseball organization, Barnett began his collegiate basketball coaching career which led to success in regional and national play.

Barnett’s collegiate basketball coaching career began as an assistant coach before two quick head coaching stops at Lenoir Rhyne College and High Point College respectively in Hickory and High Point, North Carolina. Barnett added two more assistant basketball stops before taking his next head coaching position at Louisiana Tech University where he eventually earned Southland Coach of the Year honors.

Barnett’s coaching career skyrocketed from there on as he moved to Virginia Commonwealth University where he twice was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year and brought VCU to national prominence with five appearances in the NCAA tournament. That would later earn his entrance into the Virginia Commonwealth University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Barnett’s success continued with another head coaching move, as he led the University of Tulsa to a pair of Missouri Valley championships, two appearances in the NCAA Tournament and two entries in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

Today, after being head coach at Northwestern State University in Louisiana, Barnett is part of the athletic development department at Tulane University.

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Baseball, Men's Basketball


Won 4 Letters in Baseball (2) and Basketball (2)

Member of Conference Championship teams of 1965, 1966

Member of NAIA District 13 Baseball Championship Team

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Nikon D2H

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Warrior Athletics, WSU Athletics, WSU Hall of Fame, Sports, Sport, Baseball, Men's Basketball