Jonathon Barbaree accepted the job as head women’s basketball coach for the College of Coastal Georgia prior to the 2014-15 school year.
Set for his first season with the Mariners, Barbaree brings a wealth of collegiate coaching experience to the Coastal Georgia program, having spent 18 years in the college ranks as an assistant coach with three different programs including two in Georgia.
Barbaree began coaching in 1995 as a student assistant at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, where he would spend the first nine years of his coaching career. He was a student assistant for three seasons before coaching two seasons as a graduate assistant. He was promoted to full-time assistant prior to the 2000-2001 season and spent four seasons in that position.
Working under head coach John Carrick, he helped the Bobcats to three winning seasons and two Peach Belt Conference championships in 2002 and 2004. The Bobcats were the lowest-seeded team to come through the Peach Belt tournament and claim the conference crown in 2002. The 2004 team finished 28-6 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA D-II tournament.
Barbaree left Georgia College and State after the 2004 campaign to take an assistant position at Furman University, where he worked for four seasons through 2008.
He has spent the last five years as an assistant coach at Georgia State in Atlanta. While working with the post players for the Lady Panthers, Barbaree was instrumental in the development of center Cody Paulk, who was named to the Colonial Athletic Association’s All-Defensive Team as a senior while setting a school-record with 77 blocks for the season. She finished her career with a school-record 210 blocks which ranks fifth all-time in the CAA.
Barbaree earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Georgia College and State in 1998 before also getting his master’s in health and physical education from the school in 2000.
A native of Atlanta, Barbaree is a graduate of Rockdale County High in Conyers, where he lettered in both basketball and baseball with the Bulldogs.