Rod Barnes became the eighth head men’s basketball coach at CSUB on Mar. 30, 2011, and is in his sixth season at the helm of the Roadrunners in 2015-16.
Barnes' vision for the CSUB program came to fruition in 2015-16 as he led the Roadrunners to their best NCAA Division I record at 24-9 (11-3 WAC) while also leading the 'Runners to a WAC Tournament championships and their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Barnes has led the Roadrunners to several program milestones starting with his first season in 2011 when the 'Runners made their first NCAA Division I postseason appearance earning a spot in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament after posting a 16-15 record. Barnes also won his 200th game as a Division I head coach Feb. 22, 2012, when the Roadrunners defeated New Jersey Tech on the road in double overtime. Barnes was named “Independent Coach of the Year” by CollegeSportsMadness.com in 2012.
He led the Roadrunners to a 14-19 record during the 2014-15 season which included the program’s first win over a Pac-12 team when CSUB upset Cal 55-52 in Berkeley on Dec. 28.
2015-16 has by far been the best season for the ‘Runners since moving to NCAA Division I. CSUB entered the WAC Tournament as the second seed and upset the four-time defending WAC Tournament Champions New Mexico State in the finals,
57-54, earning the first NCAA Tournament berth in the program’s Division I history, with a buzzer-beating basket. Barnes also coach a pair of first-team All-WAC selections in Aly Ahmed and Kevin Mays. Three other 'Runners were also named to the All-WAC Tournament team including Tournament MVP Dedrick Basile.
Barnes came to Bakersfield off a stint at Georgia State (2007-11) where he added 44 wins to his coaching resume and helped rebuild a basketball program amidst academic, administrative, and conference turmoil. Prior to Georgia State, Barnes led his alma mater Ole Miss to the Sweet 16 in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. The same year, he was named SEC Coach of the Year and Naismith national coach of the year. Barnes posted a win percentage of .564 in eight years in the SEC while producing three 20-win seasons.
Barnes had a stellar career as a player at Ole Miss, averaging 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists as a senior. He became in the first player in the history of the program to collect 500 points, 100 rebounds, and 100 assists in a single season. Barnes is the only person in the storied history of the Southeastern Conference to be named both All-SEC as a player and SEC Coach of the Year. He was inducted as a member of the Ole Miss Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2012.
He is a 1988 graduate of Mississippi with a degree in business management. Barnes is married to his wife Bridgett and has three sons, Brandon, Bray and stepson Corey. Bray is a redshirt sophomore for the 'Runners becoming the second son to play for his father, following the footsteps of his older brother Brandon, who graduated following the 2013-14 season and is in his first season as head varsity boy's basketball coach at Mira Monte High School in Bakersfield.