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Scott Barnes
Scott Barnes

Position:
Vice President & Athletics Director

Phone:
(435) 797-2060

03/11/2013

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.

02/12/2013

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.

01/22/2013

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.

08/15/2012

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.

07/24/2012

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.

05/30/2012

USU Athletics

Utah State Strength & Conditioning Center Ground Breaking Ceremony

05/04/2012

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 three 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 completion 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-to-back bowl games and winning consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history. 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' six-year tenure overseeing Utah State's 16-sport athletics department that supports nearly 400 student-athletes, Aggie Athletics has captured 20 conference championships, in addition to football winning the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference in 2013 and playing in the inaugural Mountain West Championship game in its first year in the league.

On the academic front, Utah State's student-athletes carried a cumulative 3.17 grade-point average during the 2013-14 academic year to go along with an 84 percent graduation success rate, while 242 student-athletes were recognized for academic excellence as 160 student-athletes earned academic all-Mountain West honors, while 82 were named Mountain West Scholar-Athletes. Additionally, USU recognized 200 student-athletes 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 ICON Sports Performance Center in 2013 and its $9.7 million, 32,000 square-foot Wayne Estes Center which houses both men and women's basketball and volleyball 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 six 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 ICON Sports Performance Center. To date, five $1 million-plus gifts have been secured for facility 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 led efforts to develop a comprehensive football competitive excellence plan that has increased private funding to football by $2.5 million via the Merlin Olsen Fund 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 chair back and bleacher seating in the south end zone at Romney Stadium in 2014 and 2013, the remodeling of the Olympic Sports Complex that includes new office and locker room space for several of USU's Olympic sports in 2014, 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, sixth in 2012 and 20th in 2013.

Barnes has also garnered national attention as he was named the 2013-14 Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year and will serve as the chair on the NCAA men's basketball committee during the 2014-15 academic year to conclude his five-year appointment. 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, 52, 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 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 (18) who is on the USU women's basketball team, and one son, Isaac (16).

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