Following up on something that I mentioned in the Daily Dirt back on 4/9…
The Ohio men’s basketball team has added Kyle Barlow as an assistant coach, first year head coach Jeff Boals announced today (April 22).
“I am excited that Kyle has joined our basketball staff,” Boals said. “He is a high energy worker who has learned from some great coaches. He is a tireless recruiter and has a great basketball mind. Our players will get better on and off the court through his mentorship.”
Barlow enters his first season with the Bobcats after spending the last five seasons at Toledo, with the last two as an assistant coach. Prior to that, Barlow spent three seasons as the Rockets Director of Basketball Operations.
“I am extremely honored to be joining Coach Boals staff at Ohio,” Barlow said. “I am excited to promote the vision he has for the program and to help develop our student-athletes academically and athletically, as well as mentoring them to be great men of character and representatives in the Bobcat community. My wife Sierra and I love the family atmosphere at Ohio and are thrilled to be a part of Bobcat Nation.”
During his time at Toledo, Barlow played a role in the Rockets posting a 25-8 record and a 13-5 MAC record in 2018-19, helping clinch the MAC West for the second-straight season and a trip to the NIT. He helped Jaelan Sanford earn a spot on the ALL-MAC first team, with Marreon Jackson and Nate Navigato earning Honorable Mention, while AJ Edu earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team.
He was also a part of the 2017-18 Rockets squad that compiled a 23-11 record on their way to winning MAC West Division title and appearing in MAC Championship Game. He also helped Tre’Shaun Fletcher receive program’s first MAC Player of Year award in 37 seasons in addition to Sanford and Jackson earning spots on Second-Team All-MAC and MAC’s All-Freshman squads, respectively. He was also a part of 2016-17 Toledo squad that made its third postseason appearance in the last six years with a trip to the College Basketball Invitational. Seniors Steve Taylor, Jr. and Jonathan Williams were second-team and third-team All-MAC honorees, respectively.
He helped the Rockets register their fifth-straight winning season with a 17-15 ledger in 2015-16 as Nathan Boothe (first-team) and Jonathan Williams (third-team) received all-conference accolades, while also helping the Rockets register their second-straight 20-win campaign in 2014-15 in his first season with UT’s program. In that same season, Barlow played a role in four Rockets — Julius Brown (first-team), Justin Drummond (third-team), J.D. Weatherspoon (third-team) and Nathan Boothe (honorable-mention) — being named to the 2014-15 MAC all-league squad for a second-straight season.
Prior to Toledo, Barlow served as a graduate manager for the University of Michigan’s basketball program for two years (2012-13) His duties with the Wolverines included directing the managerial program as well as assisting in the day-to-day operations of the basketball program. He Played a part in the Wolverines notching a 59-17 record for the most wins in back-to-back seasons in the history of the program.
Before his time at Michigan, Barlow served as an assistant coach at Concordia University in Ann Arbor (2010-12) where he was responsible for scouting opponents, player development and recruiting. Barlow played for Concordia from 2006-10 where he earned four letterwinners and was two-time captain, He was named the Cardinals’ Defensive Player of the Year and given the Team Player Award as a senior. He also received Wolverine/Hoosier Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference on two occasions and was the recipient of the Champion of Character award in 2010.
Barlow earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in mathematics from Concordia (Mich.) University in 2010 and he received a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Michigan in 2014.
Barlow resides in Athens with his wife, Sierra.