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Scott Barnes

Director of Track and Field and Cross Country

Department: Athletic Department


  • BA, Secondary Education and Physical Education, Central Michigan University
  • MS, Athletic Administration, Arkansas State University


Barnes comes to Briar Cliff after serving as the head coach for men's and women's track and field and cross country at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa since February 2014. Under Barnes, the Indian Hills cross country roster increased from eight to 50 in only two years and he established the entire track and field program. His cross country teams have had seven 11 All-Region Runners and 15 Academic All-Americans while the team was ranked 24th in the NJCAA Cross Country Poll in 2015 and the women's team placed 20th at the NJCAA National Championship in 2016. Barnes' men's cross country team has the highest NJCAA GPA in the country in 2015 and was fourth in 2014, while the women's team was seventh in 2017 and third in 2014.

Since 2015, Barnes has helped 32 athletes qualify for nationals in track and field and 17 athletes have garnered Academic All-American status. His track and field teams have boasted seven All-Americans and his men placed 18th at the national meet in 2017. The 2016-17 men's indoor track team finished 25th at the JNCAA National Championship and was also ranked first in the NJCAA in team GPA in 2015.

Prior to his time at Indian Hills, Barnes had stints at Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, Michigan, Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and Beal City High School in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He served as the assistant cross country coach at Muskegon and helped the men's team place 14th at the national championships and the women were 25th at nationals. Barnes was the assistant cross country and track coach at Grand Valley State where the men's track team placed fourth at the NCAA National Championships and the women's cross country team was the DII National Champions in 2012. His time at Beal City was spent as the varsity track coach and assistant cross country coach. Barnes was responsible for scheduling, hiring assistant coaches, implementing a program, fundraising, recording stats and monitoring eligibility in the classroom.

Barnes has a MS degree in Athletic Administration from Arkansas State University and holds a Bachelor of Secondary Education and Physical Education with a minor in Health from Central Michigan University. He competed in track at Central Michigan where he was an Academic All-Conference selection and was a Mid-American Championship Qualifier for the mile, conference point scorer and the distance medley relay in 2008. Barnes is also First Aid CPR certified and has his USATF Level 1 Coaching Certificate.