Tougaloo, Miss. – Tougaloo College has announced Keith Barnes, Sr. as Associate Athletics Director and Head women's Basketball Coach.
Prior to joining the Bulldog Family, Barnes served as head women's and men's basketball coach at St. Joseph Catholic High School from 1991-2004 and from 2006 to 2010 before being named the school's Principal in 2011. Barnes also coached AAU Basketball in affiliation with the late Mayor of Jackson Chokwe Lumumba and the Jackson Panthers. During his tenure as principal, St. Joseph High School was named best private school in Mississippi in 2015.
With over 28 years of educational and corporate leadership experience, Barnes has demonstrated successes as a high school assistant principal, math teacher, athletic director, as well as, basketball, track and field and assistant football coach. Some of his notable basketball achievements include: State runner-up, several district championships both girls and boys, and south-state championships. He was formerly marketing director with The Kirkland Group, an educational consulting firm servicing numerous school districts throughout the state of Mississippi.
A native Mississippian, Barnes returns home as he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics/Business Administration from Tougaloo College and a Master of Education Administration and Supervision degree from Jackson State University. During his matriculation at Tougaloo, Barnes was a member of the Bulldog Basketball Team from 1981-83. Barnes' wife, Laurie is also a former Lady Bulldog basketball player.
Barnes will take over following Interim Head Coach Nicholas Judgeware last season and Coach Ira Peterson the year before.