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Jones Announces Additions Of Barrett & Richardson To Coaching Staff

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: April 19, 2013
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April 19, 2013

NORFOLK, VA--Old Dominion University head men's basketball coach Jeff Jones announced today that John Richardson and Lamar Barrett have been added to his coaching staff.

"I am very excited to have John Richardson rejoining the ODU men's basketball coaching staff. John has done a tremendous job here and has an outstanding reputation in the coaching ranks. He is certainly well known for his recruiting prowess, specifically in the state of Virginia and the Hampton Roads area. John as well as the other assistant coaches from this past year, have done an admirable job in trying to hold things together in what was a difficult situation, but I think that shows their professionalism to provide the leadership for the program to move forward. John will be invaluable to me, in terms of being a resource on how things work at ODU and I look forward to working with him." - Jeff Jones on Richardson

"Lamar has worked for me the last three years as an assistant at American and has done a tremendous job. His experiences are varied and I think he will be a great mentor for the student athletes on our team and a tremendous ambassador for Old Dominion University basketball. His diverse experiences include contacts in a wide range of geographic areas, but especially in the Washington, DC area where in addition to working at AU, Lamar worked as a high school coach for a number of years. As people will find out, Lamar is an extremely positive person who brings a lot of positive energy to the job and will have an excellent rapport with the young men on the basketball team." - Jeff Jones on Lamar Barrett.

Lamar Barrett brings 14 years of coaching experience as he joins the ODU staff after three years as an assistant on Jones staff at American. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Brown University before joining the American staff. He coached three All-Ivy League selections with Brown and was primarily responsible for recruiting. At AU, Barrett served in multiple facets including skill development, recruiting and game-planning.

Prior to coaching at Brown, Barrett worked for Hoop Group Elite where he served as director from 2006-2008. Hoop Group is the nation's largest high school exposure camp and allows the top academically oriented high school basketball players in the country to showcase their abilities in the recruiting process. Barrett also served as an assistant coach at the University of New Haven from 2005-2006 and Central Connecticut State University from 2003-2005.

Barrett served as an assistant coach at two-time State Champion Oxon Hill High School from 1997-2003.

Barrett graduated from Elizabeth City State University in 1994 with a BS in Business Administration prior to two years at Longwood University. At Elizabeth City State, Barrett was a two-year captain for the Vikings.

A native of Franklin, Va., he played for Franklin High School. Barrett has worked for a number of basketball camps and was the co-founder/head coach of Prince George's County Select AAU Team from 1999-2003. During that time he also served as a member of Board of Trustees of Oxon Hill County Select AAU team. Barrett is married to the former Cassandra Woodhouse.

John Richardson rejoined the Monarch program as an assistant coach last year after two seasons at Virginia Tech. Richardson, the 2004 and 2005 Virginia High School Coaches Association AAA State Coach of the Year at Woodside High, went to Virginia Tech after spending the previous five seasons at Old Dominion University. At ODU, he was an assistant coach in 2009 and 2010 after serving as ODU's first Director of Basketball Operations in his first three seasons.

Richardson served as head coach of Woodside High School in Newport News, Va., for three years, winning the Virginia AAA State Championship in 2004 and 2005. He led Woodside to three Eastern Regional Championships and two Peninsula District (2004 and 2005) titles. Woodside won Peninsula District Tournament Championships in 2005 and 2002 when Richardson was an assistant coach. Richardson was also honored as the Associated Press AAA Coach of the Year in 2004.

Prior to becoming head coach at Woodside, Richardson was the head junior varsity coach at Woodside from 1996-1999. He also served as an assistant coach and junior varsity coach at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. in 1999-2000.

From 1996 until his hiring at ODU, he served as an assistant coach for the Virginia Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) 17-under all-star traveling team in the Boo Williams program, as well as counseling positions at various basketball camps. Richardson graduated from Elizabeth City State University in 1995 with a degree in health and physical education with a minor in biology. He received a master's degree from Old Dominion University in 2003 in sports management. Richardson was a four- year basketball lettermen at Elizabeth City State.

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