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].”