Hunter hires former Tech assistant LaBarrie

Georgia State basketball coach Ron Hunter has made an important hire, securing the services of former Georgia Tech assistant Darryl LaBarrie to be his top assistant coach. LaBarrie, a former Tech player who earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State, served on then-coach Paul Hewitt’s staff for two years before Hewitt’s dismissal.

LaBarrie came on recommendation from Hewitt, a good friend of Hunter’s. With his recruiting connections in metro Atlanta, Hunter said half-jokingly that LaBarrie has saved him about eight months of work of building relationships and getting to know the area.

“I said (to LaBarrie), ‘Right now, I’m more in love with you than I am with my wife,’” Hunter said. “I didn’t tell my wife that. That guy right there is going to be a great hire for us.”

Hunter said Wednesday afternoon that he had eight interviews lined up within the next 48 hours to fill out his staff, including two more assistants and a director of basketball operations. Hunter said all of the candidates have worked at major conference schools.

“I want a big-time atmosphere at Georgia State again,” Hunter said. “I can handle the mid-major stuff. I’ve done that. I want these guys to hear what it’s like to be at [major conference schools].”

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March 31st, 2011
7:33 am


Man, who would have thought we would get so much press…for basketball!

I love it. Welcome Coach LaBarrie


March 31st, 2011
8:57 am

Director of Basketball Ops? He mentioned that he’d be retaining Jeff Connaroe on his show on Monday.

Labarrie is a tremendous recruiting contact and will put us on the radar for guys that we previously had no shot at. Looking forward to a fun ride.

GSU Men's BB Fan

March 31st, 2011
9:17 am

Yeah curious about the Dir. of B-Ball Ops. thing myself. Ken, can you expand on this situation further?


March 31st, 2011
10:41 am

When will a link to this blog be back on the front sports page?

Thanks for the update Ken. Looks like a very solid hire.


March 31st, 2011
10:45 am

And Ryan asks the most pertinent quest of all. When!?

Loving Panther Basketball

March 31st, 2011
12:14 pm

Great hire from what I hear. An Atlanta guy, family man, got along with the kids at Tech. I’m excited.

Ken Sugiura

March 31st, 2011
12:14 pm

Panama and Ryan-
not sure. my guess would be as football approaches.
from talking to Hunter, the retention of Jeff Connaroe was anticipated but not done.


March 31st, 2011
12:31 pm

Welcome aboard Coach LaBarrie! This is a wonderful hire for State. He comes from a great family and knows his stuff. Won a State Championship at Tucker, played at GT, worked his way up from smaller schools. This is great for the school.


March 31st, 2011
12:39 pm

Good hire ! Coach Hunter better not make his wife mad…..

Delbert D.

March 31st, 2011
12:57 pm

Decent hire for Ga. State. I wonder if the Director of Basketball Ops is to be Willie Reese? Depends on what Brian Gregory is thinking, I guess.


March 31st, 2011
1:40 pm

I’ve never heard of the ga state head coach or this assistant. Why don’t they hire big names over there?

Walking with a Panther

March 31st, 2011
1:44 pm

Who, you must don’t watch much basketball huh?


March 31st, 2011
1:48 pm

Great get for Georgia State! Labarrie is all that, personally and professionally.

Ramblinwreck 1378

March 31st, 2011
2:07 pm

Congratulations to Darryl. You guys have got a good coach and a very good recruiter. I wish him all the success in the world.


March 31st, 2011
2:20 pm

hunter just needs to follow the coach cal model and establish good relationships with the aau “coaches”, runners and street agents who exert so much influence over the young men they seek to exploit.

Ken Sugiura

March 31st, 2011
2:35 pm

george – i’m not so sure using john calipari as a model for recruiting is the wisest plan. that said, yes, building relationships with aau coaches is a good plan.

Dawg Consultant

March 31st, 2011
2:47 pm

Who ever would have thought that Georgia State would win the battle of the “press conferences” over Georgia Tech when it came to hiring a new basketball coach? Congrats to GSU. So far, Hunter seems to be an excellent hire and so far has garnered great press for GSU. While I am a UGA fan, I like to see all the local schools do well. Only time will tell with the Tech hire, but my sense is that the natives are restless and not exactly thrilled with their new hire.


March 31st, 2011
4:07 pm

GET SOME! This is great news!!


March 31st, 2011
4:09 pm

So glad to see my alma mater get some ink for basketball. Can’t wait to see next year’s team.


March 31st, 2011
4:20 pm

Congrats and (very) good luck, Darryl. I may even attend a few more games now, strickly because you are there!


March 31st, 2011
6:56 pm

This means Gregory is not retaining the services of Darryl LaBarrie? Now that is good news.


March 31st, 2011
7:03 pm

I’m actually quite excited for Next years basketball season…


March 31st, 2011
7:11 pm

I am an alumnus of both schools (undergrad GT, grad at GSU), and think he’s probably a better fit at GSU. Nice guy, wish him well. At least he doesn’t have to move, and when the head guy is gone, the assistants get nothing out of it…unless the head man shares his “severance package.” Doubt that happened.

GT go home

March 31st, 2011
7:22 pm

GT please take your negativity back to the Hive. Your comments stink of your Hewitt hate.


March 31st, 2011
9:23 pm

I can’t wait to see the team our coach puts together but I CAN’T WAIT FOR FOOTBALL SEASON!!!

GT fan

March 31st, 2011
11:28 pm

Congratulations to Darryl……wishing nothing but good things for you!


April 1st, 2011
8:02 am

Hey, Guys – This is GSU’s moment. Dawgs, let them have it, and take your insecurities about GT somewhere else.


April 4th, 2011
6:29 am

I’m glad we got someone with a good connection to the local AAU programs. I’m excited to see how the program develops under Hunter.

GSU to the PAC 10

April 6th, 2011
12:07 am

More news about Georgia State from the AJC is a good thing. Keep it coming!