Scott Barnes was recently named Director of Athletics at Oregon State University. Before this appointment, he was the Director of Athletics at the University of Pittsburgh. His tenure at Pitt was marked with distinction.
Barnes invested a significant amount of his initial 12 months at Pitt engaging and listening to student-athletes, staff, alumni and supporters. Within days of arriving in Pittsburgh, he launched the inaugural Panthers Fans Experience Committee, a group that has served as the pulse of the Pitt fan. Midway through his first year, Barnes hosted a Pitt Town Hall Meeting, during which he outlined the current state of the athletic department, discussed future goals and answered any and all questions from the nearly 500 people in attendance.
The result of Barnes’ wide-ranging internal and external engagement was the development and unveiling of the Plan for Pitt Athletics.
With the student-athlete experience serving as its centerpiece, this strategic blueprint details how Pitt will achieve competitive success while maintaining program integrity, develop the finest student-athletes and staff, graduate its student-athletes, strengthen and prioritize its resources, and continue to enhance engagement and communication with the department’s numerous constituencies. Barnes arrived in Pittsburgh having already distinguished himself as one of the top administrators in collegiate athletics. Prior to Pitt, he spent seven years as Athletic Director at Utah State, adding the title of Vice President in 2012. Under his direction, the Aggies enjoyed unprecedented athletic, academic and fundraising success.
During his tenure, Utah State won 20 conference team championships. Individually, USU student- athletes perennially produced all-conference, All-America and all-academic performances. Barnes played professional basketball in Germany in 1985-86 and was the general manager of the Fresno Flames of the World Basketball League (WBL) from 1988-89.
He earned his bachelor’s (1986) and master’s (1993) degrees from Fresno State in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration. His wife, Jody, was also a Fresno State student-athlete as a member of the track team.