Rod Barnes - Cal State Bakersfield Head Coach
Coach Barnes played college basketball at the University of Mississippi of the NCAA Division I's Southeastern Conference from 1985 to 1988. He earned All-SEC and All-America honorable mention honors in 1988. Barnes earned his Business Administration degree in 1989 and left Ole Miss to become an assistant coach at Livingston University in 1990. In 1993, Barnes returned to Ole Miss to serve as an assistant coach to Rob Evans. Barnes helped coach Ole Miss to consecutive 20-win seasons and NCAA Men's Division I basketball championship berths in 1997 and 1998.
When Rob Evans departed for Arizona State University in 1998, Barnes was promoted to head coach of Ole Miss. Barnes coached them for eight seasons, building a 141–109 record. In his first year, Barnes tallied Ole Miss' first-ever NCAA Tournament win. The Rebels had been one of the few longstanding members of a "power conference" to have never won an NCAA Tournament game. He was named 2001 Naismith College Coach of the Year and the 2001 SEC Coach of the Year after leading Ole Miss to a school-record 27-win season in 2000–01 which included a trip to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship—the deepest NCAA tournament run in school history.
However, Barnes would only garner one other winning season after the Sweet 16 appearance. He was fired after the 2005–06 season in which Ole Miss started 13–3 but lost 13 of their last 14 games. Barnes served as an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma during the 2006–07 season.
On March 19, 2007, Barnes was hired as the head coach of the men's basketball team at Georgia State University of the NCAA Division I's Colonial Athletic Association. On February 26, 2011, it was announced that Barnes would not return as head coach at Georgia State. On March 30th, 2011 Rod Barnes was named head men's basketball coach at Cal State Bakersfield.
In his fifth season in Bakersfield, Barnes led the Roadrunners to the programs' first appearance in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. CSUB earned its berth with a buzzer-beating victory over New Mexico State in the finals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Barnes's squad fell to Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but he earned a five-year contract extension at the end of the campaign. He was also named a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award, given annually to the top minority coach in NCAA Division I Men's Basketball.
Newton Chelette - Coach and Basketball Official
Newton (Newt) was a championship coach as well as a Division 1 basketball official. As a college coach, he was coach of the year for the state of Louisiana (84-85) and California (96-97, 03-04). He has won conference championships at the high school, junior college and Division 1 levels. In 2008 he was inducted into the California Community College Hall of Fame. At present, he is the head coach at Paraclete High School.
Newt spent 20+ years as a Division 1 basketball official. He worked in the Big West, WAC, and the Mountain West. He worked the Big West tournament 6 times and worked the finals twice. He also worked the NIT several times. At present, he is a Game Grader for the PAC 12.
Shawn Lehigh - Basketball Official
Shawn was First hired in Division 1 in 1995 in the Western Athletic Conference and the Big West. He continues today and is in his 22 years at the Division 1 level. He currently is working in the Western Officials Consortium that includes PAC 12, WCC, WAC, MWC, Big West, and Big Sky. He has worked the Conference Tournaments the last 16 years and has officiated the finals the last 5 years. Additionally, Shawn has worked the NIT tournament the last 16 years and the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2014.
Shawn started his officiating career in the military in El Paso, Texas where he worked both baseball and basketball at the college level. He was inducted into the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010 and the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
JB Caldwell - National Scouting Advisor for the NBA