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Scott Barnes
Scott Barnes

Vice President & Athletics Director

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Utah State University Partners With IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions

The outsourced ticketing operation will focus on selling tickets for football, men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball and gymnastics.


Utah State University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Class

The six inductees include: Candy Cashell, USU's first female track All-American; Jim Laub, a life-long contributor of Aggie Athletics; Jimmy Moore, one of the best Aggie basketball players ever; Corey Murdock, one of just two track athletes in school history to earn All-American honors at least four times; Roy Shivers, an All-American running back; and Jim Turner, an outstanding quarterback and kicker.


Dave Scholz Named Utah State Athletics Strength and Conditioning Coach

Scholz comes to Utah State after spending the past year in the National Football League as a strength, nutrition and conditioning assistant with the San Francisco 49ers.


Utah State Ranks Among Most Economically Efficient Athletic Departments In Nation For Fourth-Straight Year

USU won the national championship in 2009, finished third nationally in 2010 and fourth a year ago.


Utah State Athletics Announces $1 Million Gift to Help Fund New Strength and Conditioning Center

David Miller, Chairman and CEO of Hawks Bay, LLC, is a 1987 Utah State University Alumnus and serves on the National Advisory Board for Aggie Athletics.


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Utah State Strength & Conditioning Center Ground Breaking Ceremony


USU President Albrecht and USU Athletics Director Scott Barnes at a press conference announcing the USU has accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West

USU President Albrecht and USU Athletics Director Scott Barnes at a press conference announcing the USU has accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West

Since assuming the duties of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Utah State University on April 1, 2008, Scott Barnes has established a pattern of growth and stability that would rival any athletics department in the country and is unmatched in the history of Aggie Athletics.

Under Barnes' guidance, Utah State's development has never been more apparent than in the past two years as Aggie Athletics has witnessed unparalleled success with its student-athletes on the fields of competition as well as in the classroom, along with the expansion of its infrastructure, which includes the construction of two new facilities in the past 12 months through private donations and the continued accretion of its annual operating revenues.

Since the 2011-12 academic year, Utah State's on-field successes include its football program participating in back-to-back bowl games for just the third time in school history and first since 1960 and 1961, and ending the 2012 season nationally ranked (16th in AP Poll) for just the third time in school history and first since 1972. Off the field, Utah State introduced a program-wide Nike brand and identity program and accepted an invitation to compete in the Mountain West Conference in all sports beginning July 1, 2013.

During Barnes' five-year tenure overseeing Utah State's 16-sport athletics department that supports nearly 400 student-athletes, Aggie Athletics has captured 20 Western Athletic Conference Championships, including football, women's soccer and volleyball this past year as its outright conference title on the gridiron was just the third in school history and first since 1936.

On the academic front, Utah State's student-athletes carried a cumulative 3.17 grade-point average during the 2012-13 academic year to go along with an 83 percent graduation success rate, while 209 student-athletes earned academic all-WAC honors to lead the league and 189 were recognized at its annual Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Luncheon for earning a 3.2 or better GPA.

Another component to Utah State's upward trajectory under Barnes has been the continued growth of its infrastructure with the completion of its $6.5 million, 26,329 square-foot Strength & Conditioning Center in 2013 and the ground-breaking of its $9.5 million, 32,000 square-foot Wayne Estes Center that will house both men and women's basketball and volleyball beginning in 2014.

Fundraising has played an integral part in Utah State's growth during Barnes' tenure as a new emphasis on personal interaction and communication with donors has resulted in all-time fundraising records in the Big Blue Scholarship Fund and major gifts over the past five years.

Included are the two largest lead gifts in USU Athletics history - $5.25 million for the Wayne Estes Center and $3.7 million for the Strength & Conditioning Center. To date, five $1 million-plus gifts have been secured for these two projects.

Utah State, in partnership with Nike, also rolled out a new athletics branding initiative in 2012 and Barnes recently negotiated a new $2.4 million Nike apparel contract that delivers a substantial increase over the previous deal.

Barnes has also lead efforts to develop a comprehensive football competitive excellence plan that has increased private funding to football by $2.5 million and also worked effectively with student leadership to pass a student referendum that has increased funding to athletics by $2.2 million annually.

Other facility improvements under Barnes' watch include the installation of new south end zone seating at Romney Stadium in 2013, new AstroTurf installed on Merlin Olsen Field in 2012 and new synthetic turf installed in the Stan Laub Indoor Training Center in 2011. In 2010, USU opened the Dr. Randall and Julianne Stockham Student-Athlete Academic Hall of Honor. USU also opened the Steve Mothersell Athletics Hall of Honor in 2009 as well as its new off-court basketball facilities, which include the Nate and Heather Wickizer men's basketball and MerLynn Pitcher women's basketball locker rooms. And in 2008, USU completed construction of the 69,000 square foot Jim & Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex.

Utah State has also been recognized nationally under the leadership of Barnes as it was named the most economically efficient athletics department in the nation in June, 2009 following a study done by Texas A&M's Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics. USU also finished third nationally in 2010, fourth in 2011 and sixth in 2012.

Barnes has also garnered national attention as he will serve as vice chair on the NCAA men's basketball committee during the 2013-14 academic year and conclude his five-year appointment as chair of the committee the following year. Barnes has served on several other NCAA committees during his time as Athletics Director, has been an active presenter at NACDA and has taught on the IA Athletic Directors Institute Faculty.

Prior to joining the Aggie Family, Barnes spent almost three years (2005-08) as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Advancement at the University of Washington and was responsible for all external operations for the athletics department with specific emphasis on fundraising, ticket sales, multi-media rights management, marketing, event promotion and communications.

Barnes also had tremendous success as the Athletics Director at Eastern Washington University from 1999 to 2005 as he increased operating funds for the athletics department by securing the single-largest gift for athletics in EWU history for football stadium renovations and a $3 million university soft drink contract. During his time at Eastern Washington, Barnes hired six head coaches and witnessed four of them earn Big Sky Coach of the Year honors and was recognized for his efforts 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. From 1990-94, Barnes held the position of Executive Director of the Pacific Athletic Foundation and Associate Athletics Director at the University of the Pacific. 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. Following his stint at Iowa State, Barnes served as Athletics Director at Humboldt State in Arcata, Calif., from 1997-99.

Barnes, 51, received his bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno in 1986, as well as 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, Jody, have one daughter, Milanna (17) and one son, Isaac (15).

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