LOGAN, Utah - Scott Barnes, senior associate athletics director for advancement at the University of Washington, has been named the new director of athletics at Utah State University it was announced by President Stan L. Albrecht on Friday.
Barnes succeeds Randy Spetman who left in February to become athletics director at Florida State University.
"I think when you are looking for opportunities and you can match geography, family needs and certainly career goals all into one it's rare and I think Utah State absolutely hits the mark for us in that regard," said Barnes. "This is an opportunity for us to grow and effect positive change and continue the good work that has been done at Utah State and this is a wonderful situation for us. Our goal as a family was to find a small, college community and what we hear and know about Logan, it will be a wonderful fit.
"Having had a chance to spend time with President Albrecht and learn of his vision for the university and athletics only increased our interest in the opportunity. I have great respect and regard for where he's taken the institution and look forward to working with him and his executive team."
Barnes has spent the past three years as senior associate athletics director for advancement at Washington and was responsible for all external operations for the athletics department with specific emphasis on fundraising, ticket sales, multi-media rights management, corporate sponsorships, marketing, event promotion and communications services, including internet web site management.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Scott and Jody join the Utah State University family," said Albrecht. "As soon as we learned that Randy Spetman would be leaving, we initiated a very aggressive search to find just the right person to replace him, someone who would build upon and extend the successes of the past three years and someone who would see the tremendous potential for growth in our athletic operation.
"We also needed to find someone who would see our challenges as opportunities to make a good program even better. We were gratified that a significant group of outstanding individuals expressed interest in becoming USU's next athletics director. From this set of well-qualified and attractive candidates, Scott Barnes clearly distinguished himself. We look forward to a new and exciting era of Aggie Athletics under his leadership."
Barnes, 45, spent six years (1999-2005) as the athletics director at Eastern Washington University as he oversaw a program that featured 50 coaches and 14 sport programs for 300 student-athletes. During his tenure at EWU, the Eagles experienced unparalleled success becoming the first athletics program in Big Sky Conference history to win championships in football, men's basketball, women's volleyball and women's soccer in one calendar year. While at Eastern Washington, he hired six head coaches and witnessed four of them earn Big Sky Coach of the Year honors.
Barnes also had tremendous success at Eastern Washington increasing operating funds for the athletics department. He worked to initiate and pass a $20 million Sports and Recreation Center fee referendum and secured a $1 million gift for EWU's stadium renovation, which was the single largest donation for athletics in university history. He also spearheaded a $6.2 million athletic campaign and secured a $3 million university soft drink contract.
During his time at Eastern Washington, Barnes was recognized by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as the Division I-AA West Region AD of the Year.
Barnes began his career in athletics as the director of athletic development at the University of San Diego from 1989-90. At USD, he helped increase private gift support by over 200 percent, founded a corporate partner program, created new fundraising events and developed and implemented television and radio agreements.
From 1990-94, Barnes held the position of associate athletics director for external affairs at the University of the Pacific where he helped increase annual gift support by 33 percent and completed private funding for a student fitness center.
Barnes then spent the next four years at Iowa State University where he served as the director of athletic development from 1994-95 and then associate athletics director for development and special projects from 1995-97. While at ISU, he successfully completed the largest fundraising campaign in the athletic department's history with $23 million in private gifts. He also founded the ISU Athletic Hall of Fame, assisted with a $300 million university campaign and expanded the school's corporate partner program.
Following his stint at Iowa State, Barnes served as athletics director at Humboldt State in Arcata, Calif., from 1997-99. Operating at the Division II level, he led Humboldt State's transition into a new athletic conference, increased private gift support by 100 percent, restructured the department's compliance program and helped the school become the first California State University to comply with CAL NOW standards for achieving gender equity.
Barnes received his bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno in 1986, and his master's degree in 1993 in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration. He and his wife, Jody, were both student-athletes at Fresno State as he was a member of the basketball team while she was a member of the track team.
Barnes played professional basketball in Germany from 1985-86. He has also coached basketball at the high school and club levels and was the general manager of the Fresno Flames of the World Basketball League from 1988-89.
Barnes was born June 23, 1962 in Spokane, Wash. He and his wife have one daugher, Milanna and one son, Isaac.
Utah State Athletics Director History (1955-present)
1955-1963 HB. Hunsaker
1964-1972 Frank Williams
1973-1982 Ladell Andersen
1983-1984 Dave Kragthorpe
1985-1992 Rod Tueller
1993-1997 Chuck Bell
1998 Bruce Van De Velde
1999-2003 Rance Pugmire
2004-2007 Randy Spetman
2008- Scott Barnes
What Others Are Saying About Scott Barnes
Stew Morrill, Utah State Head Men's Basketball Coach
"Coaches always get nervous about the hiring of a new athletics director. My sources tell me that everyone should be excited rather than nervous about Scott Barnes becoming an Aggie. He has proven that he is a leader that can help take our programs to new heights. I am confident that administrators, coaches, student-athletes and fans will soon look back and realize a great decision was made the day Scott Barnes was hired to come to Utah State."
Todd Turner, Former Washington Athletics Director
"Scott is a seasoned administrator who has worked at many levels with great success. He is a very intelligent and diligent leader who has terrific relationships with his colleagues and a profound understanding of the leadership requirements of today's athletics directors. He's a very good person with strong character values and a strong family guy with extraordinary experience both as a player in his younger days and later as an administrator at a variety of levels."
Ray Giacoletti, Gonzaga Assistant Men's Basketball Coach and former Eastern Washington and Utah Head Men's Basketball Coach
"Scott is the best, not only in running an athletic department but in understanding what coaches go through as well. He is a great administrator and an even better person, and he will be a great fit for Utah State."
Paul Wulff, Washington State Head Football Coach and former Eastern Washington Head Football Coach
"I am very happy for Scott. He is a great person and has a great family. Scott is an excellent fundraiser and a very good listener and I think Utah State is getting a steal."
Karl Benson, Western Athletic Conference Commissioner
"Scott is a quality guy and a good person. He has been in the chair at an under-funded program, then went to Washington and saw the resources. I think he brings the experience of having to work hard to get something, and at the same time has been where he has had the resources. He's excited and energetic and will be a very good fit for Utah State and Logan."