Barrick named NHSBCA president

Russell coach also led Wheelersburg, Eastern


Southern Ohio Today

     A former Pike and Scioto County basketball coach who now coaches in Kentucky has become the president of the National High School Basketball Coaches Association (NHSBCA).

     Tom Barrick stepped back from his role as Executive Director of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association (OHSBCA) to take on the new position.

     Barrick has spent more than three decades coaching basketball in Ohio and earned a record of 481 wins and 241 losses.

     He took three teams to the Ohio High School Athletic Association Final Four in 1995, 2006 and 2007.

     His Wheelersburg Pirates, who he coached for 19 seasons, finished as the Ohio state runner-up in Division III in 1995.

     He started his coaching career in 1985 as an assistant at Fort Frye High School. He then took his first head coaching position at Jewett-Scio High School.

     In 1990, he landed at Morgan High School and helped get the program back on track after a five-year losing skid.

     Four years later, he was named the head coach at Wheelersburg, where he posted a record of 339-113 and won 14 sectional titles, eight district crowns and made three appearances in the Final Four.

     Before he took the head coaching position at Russell, Ky., he was the head coach at Eastern Pike.

     Barrick was named the OHSBCA Coach of the Year in 2006 and coached the South Team in the 2001 Ohio North/South All-Star Game. He was also named the Southeastern District Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2007.

     His involvement with the NHSBCA started in 2011 when he represented Ohio while he served as president of the OHSBCA. Three years later, he was the first Ohio coach to be selected to the executive committee of the NHSBCA.

     In 2017, Barrick was inducted into the NHSBCA Court of Honor at the national level and the following year, started a two-year stint as the vice president of the NHSBCA.

     Barrick graduated from Rio Grande College in 1985 and earned a Masters’ Degree from Ohio University in 2001.

     Barrick still lives in Wheelersburg. He was unavailable for comment.

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