Georgia Tech Staff Update

Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner has added Darryl LaBarrie and Eric Reveno to his staff.

Darryl LaBarrie

Darryl LaBarrie, a former Georgia Tech assistant coach and player with deep Atlanta roots, is returning to his alma mater’s basketball staff as an assistant coach.

LaBarrie concluded a successful five-year stint on the staff at Georgia State with the 2015-16 season, in which the Panthers won two Sun Belt Conference regular-season titles and averaged more than 20 wins a season. Prior to his arrival at GSU five years ago, LaBarrie spent the previous two seasons on the staff at Georgia Tech under Paul Hewitt, where his primary responsibilities were recruiting and developing the perimeter players.

“I’m excited that Darryl is coming back to Georgia Tech,” said Pastner. “He has spent most of his playing and coaching career in his hometown, and he knows this area and as well as anyone. He’s a tremendous coach, and he knows what Georgia Tech is all about. His high level of character and integrity will add a lot to this program.”

LaBarrie helped Georgia State to two of its most successful seasons in program history between 2013 and 2015. To go along with that, Georgia State won more games over the last five years than at any other stretch in program history.

“I’m ecstatic about the opportunity to work with Coach Pastner, who is one of the hardest workers and brightest minds in college basketball,” said LaBarrie. “Georgia Tech is one of the premier programs in the country historically and a place that I call home. I will work tirelessly to help get the program back to the level of national prominence that it once enjoyed.”

During the Panthers’ successful two-year run, Georgia State won 25 games each year, one of just 20 programs in the country to accomplish the feat. It was capped in 2014-15 with a win over No. 3-seed Baylor in the NCAA tournament as the Panthers advanced to the third round for just the second time in school history. Georgia State won both the Sun Belt regular season and tournament titles on the way to the postseason.

The 2013-14 season saw the Panthers win 25 games, win the Sun Belt regular season title and advance to the post-season NIT for just the second time in school history.

In 2012-13, he oversaw the recruitment and signing of R.J. Hunter, who went on to be a two-time Sun Belt Player of the Year and receive AP All-America honorable mention recognition in each of the last two seasons. He also recruited Ryan Harrow, a Parade first-team All-American and Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year, to play at Georgia State, and Manny Atkins, a top-60 recruit out of high school. Harrow was a two-time All-Sun Belt first-team member.

In his first season with the Panthers, LaBarrie helped the squad to 22 wins, and the second round of the Postseason Tournament. GSU finished among the top 20 in the NCAA in scoring defense, defensive field-goal percentage, blocked shots and steals.

In 2015-16, Georgia State earned its third straight winning season, the second-longest streak in program history, going 16-14. The Panthers opened non-conference play 7-2, the third-best start in program history.

In his first season with the Yellow Jackets (2009-10), LaBarrie helped Tech a 23-13 record and the second round of the NCAA tournament. Tech nearly won the ACC tournament, falling to Duke 65-61 in the championship.

During his second season, LaBarrie continued to oversee the development of Iman Shumpert, who led the Yellow Jackets in scoring, rebounds and assists and was named All-ACC second-team as well as the conference’s all-defensive team.

Prior to his stint with the Yellow Jackets, LaBarrie spent two seasons as an assistant coach at East Carolina. LaBarrie helped the Pirates produce the top two three-point shooting seasons in school history and ranked first or second in Conference USA in that category in his two seasons. During the 2008-09 season, ECU made a school-record 261 treys, breaking the mark established the previous year.

A 2001 graduate of Georgia Tech, LaBarrie spent the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach at Campbell. Prior to joining the Camels’ staff, he served as a coach with the highly regarded Atlanta Celtics AAU program. He also worked as a regional NBA scout for Marty Blake’s Court Report while serving as an assistant coach at Stone Mountain (Ga.) High School.

LaBarrie earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State in 2005 while serving as a graduate assistant at Tech. He worked one year in general athletics administration (2003-04), then the following year with the men’s basketball program (2004-05).

LaBarrie earned three letters at Georgia Tech, playing two years under Bobby Cremins and one season 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.

LaBarrie and his wife, Aisha, are the parents of three daughters, Sydney, Kai and Diarra.

Eric Reveno

Eric Reveno, who recently completed a 10-year run as the head coach at the University of Portland, has been named to Josh Pastner’s men’s basketball staff at Georgia Tech as assistant coach.

Reveno spent 10 years spearheading a rebuilding effort at Portland in which the Pilots played in four Postseason Tournament (CIT) during his tenure and had a three-year span where the Pilots averaged 20 wins from 2008-10. Reveno was named the WCC Coach of the Year in 2009 after leading Portland to back-to-back third-place finishes in the league standings. The Pilots also were one of the best three-point shooting teams in the nation during Reveno’s term.

“Eric is known as one of the great developers of big men in the country and a great addition to our staff,” said Pastner. “He worked at Pete Newell’s Big Man Camp for seven years, and he was on the staff at Stanford during a time when they recruited and developed a number of tremendous big men and were highly successful. He’s got a tremendous IQ for the game of basketball and a high level of character.”

Twenty Pilots were named to All-WCC teams since 2007, including eight first-team selections, and 16 of the program’s graduates since 2009 have gone on to play professionally. Reveno finished with a 140-178 overall record, including a 60-95 mark in West Coast Conference games.

Off the court, the Pilots had 16 WCC All-Academic Team selections under Reveno. The team boasted a 100 percent graduation rate, a near-perfect rating in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate, and 20 Academic All-WCC selections since 2007.

“I am very excited and grateful to be joining Josh Pastner’s staff at Georgia Tech,” said Reveno. “I have known Coach Pastner since he was a player at Arizona, and he has impressed at every stage of his career. His commitment and passion for helping each student-athlete become the best he can be and building a championship team is infectious. To be able to join him, at one of the nation’s top academic institutions, competing in the best league in college basketball, is an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Voted one of the Top 25 Recruiters in the nation by in 2006, Reveno has a track record of player development, and respects the role of the student-athlete. He built the foundation for future success through quality recruiting and an emphasis on development, both on the court and in the weight room.

Long recognized as a leader in the use of sports performance analysis technology, Reveno spoke in Sydney, Australia during the fall of 2008 at a worldwide summit hosted by SportsTec, one of the foremost providers of video and technology solutions to the international sports community. The cutting edge approach to technology became a staple of the Pilot program in teaching, player development and recruiting. As a result, Reveno was the lone representative from the United States asked to speak to an audience of performance professionals from some of the top sports leagues and organizations in the world. Dave Telep, Senior Recruiting Analyst, said that, “Reveno is unofficially the most technologically advanced man we’ve met in college basketball. His new I-Phone is wired up to the point where he’s got his recruiting database, clips of his offense, directions to gyms in Vegas AND his favorite Johnny Cash songs all in one.”

An imposing 6-foot, 8-inch figure, Reveno developed a passion for a disciplined style of play reminiscent of his formative coaching years as an assistant under legendary coach Mike Montgomery at Stanford. He also points to the coaching philosophies of Tom Davis, the man who recruited and coached him at Stanford his first two years, and legendary coach Pete Newell as major influences on his coaching style. Reveno served as an assistant coach under Montgomery at Stanford for seven years before being promoted to associate head coach during the 2004-05 season alongside Trent Johnson.

A post player for the Cardinal in the late ‘80s under both Davis and Montgomery, Reveno helped coach his alma mater to seven 20-win seasons, three 30-win seasons, eight NCAA Tournament appearances, an NCAA Final Four in 1998, three years with a No. 1 national ranking, four Pacific-10 Conference Championships and a .768 overall winning percentage. He played in 116 games during his career at Stanford (1985-87, 89), including 30 games as a starter during his senior season in 1988-89. He was a two-time team captain and most inspirational player and averaged 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a senior, helping the Cardinal to a 26-7 record, a 15-3 mark in the Pac-10, and a No. 12 national ranking. The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Tournament, Stanford’s first appearance in the tourney since the 1942 season.

Reveno recruited and coached numerous outstanding frontline players for the Cardinal including Mark Madsen, Jarron Collins, Jason Collins, Curtis Borchardt, Tim Young, Rob Little, Justin Davis and Matt Haryasz. He was also a prominent staff member at the nationally renowned Pete Newell Big Man Camp from 1998-2004. Seven players under Reveno’s tutelage at Stanford went on to play in the NBA.

After graduating from Stanford in 1989 with a degree in economics, he spent four years playing professional basketball in Japan. He returned to Stanford and obtained his masters degree in business administration in 1995. Prior to joining the Stanford coaching staff in 1997, he served as president for two years of Riekes Center in Menlo Park, a non-profit mentoring organization that works with athletes of all ages.

Reveno was born in Stanford, Calif. on March 12, 1966 and attended The Menlo School during his high school years. He and his wife, Amanda, have two children: Katie (13) and Andrew (10).

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