Saturday, July 15, 2006

Where are they now - Darryl LaBarrie

Darryl LaBarrie gets an assistant coaching job. Congrats!!!!!

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Darryl LaBarrie, who played and later served on the coaching staff at Georgia Tech, has been named assistant coach at Campbell University, head men’s basketball coach Robbie Laing announced Friday.

A 2001 graduate of Georgia Tech, LaBarrie joins the Fighting Camel program after serving most recently as a coach with the highly-regarded Atlanta Celtics AAU program. He also worked the past year as a regional NBA scout for Marty Blake’s Court Report as well as serving as assistant coach at Stone Mountain (Ga.) High School.

"Darryl has a tremendous upside as a recruiter. He has great communication skills, is a very likeable person, and a good evaluator of basketball talent," said Laing, who was named Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year last March by "Having played at the highest level of Division I basketball and being associated with Coach Hewitt and Coach Cremins, Darryl has attained a high level of proficiency in a short period of time and has an excellent background. I expect him to have an immediate impact on our ability to recruit, not only in his home base of Atlanta, Ga., but throughout the Southeastern United States. He'll be a major contributor in our on-court preparations as well."

While pursuing his M.S. in sports administration from Georgia State, LaBarrie spent two years as a graduate assistant at Tech. He worked one year in general athletics administration (2003-04), then the following campaign with the men's basketball program (2004-05).

While working on Coach Paul Hewitt's staff, LaBarrie assisted with coordinating on-campus recruiting visits, supervised the student-manager staff, and assisted with team travel, equipment orders, and practice preparation. He also assisted in the monitoring of team academics and community outreach as well as pre-and post-season conditioning, player development and game preparation.

LaBarrie earned three letters at Georgia Tech, playing two years under former head coach Bobby Cremins, and one for Hewitt. He helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the 2001 NCAA Tournament and received his B.S. in management that year. He began his collegiate career at Florida A&M, where he earned Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman before transferring to Tech.

A native of Decatur, Ga., LaBarrie was named first-team all-state and DeKalb County Player of the Year as a senior when he led Tucker High School to a state title.

"I'm excited to be working for such a well-known and respected coach as Robbie Laing," said LaBarrie. "The program is definitely on its way up, and hopefully we’ll be able to get over the hump soon and take it to the next level as Robbie has envisioned."

LaBarrie fills the vacancy on the Fighting Camel staff left by Brian Alexander, who resigned at the end of May after three years with the program. LaBarrie and his wife, Aisha, are parents of a six-month-old daughter, Sydney Ayelle.

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