Finishes Just One Centimeter Behind Second Place
Recruiting Class Includes 13 Natives of Wyoming
Senior Will Now Throw at U.S. National Championships
Discus Starts Friday at 5 p.m. MT
Senior is UW's First National Meet Qualifier Since 2010
Paul Barrett is entering his 22nd year overall as the throws coach for the University of Wyoming track and field program in 2015-16. Barrett also spent two years coaching at the University of Kentucky (1997-99), as well as one year at the University of Colorado (2000).
Barrett has coached 19 All-Americans (21 total - 2 at Kentucky) and 28 conference champions during his time at Wyoming. He has also had 44 conference runner-ups and a total of 109 all-conference (top three) award winners for the Cowboys and Cowgirls. Barrett's athletes hold 65 all-time top 10 indoor/outdoor marks in Wyoming history.
Top athletes coached by Barrett at Wyoming include:
While at Kentucky (1997-1999), he coached two-time All-American Matt Kavanaugh, who placed seventh in the hammer (221-4) at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Kavanaugh was the third-best American finisher in that event, as his mark still stands as the school record.
Barrett competed at the collegiate level for Washington State University, where he was a Pac-10 Conference finalist in the hammer throw and consistent dual-meet scorer for the Cougars in the discus and javelin events. He also lettered for the WSU track and field program. Prior to his Washington State career, Barrett competed for Spokane Community College. He was a two-time NWAACC conference champion in the discus, as well as a one-time champion in the hammer throw, qualifying him as a three-time Juco All-American. In April of 2013, Barrett was inducted into the Community Colleges of Spokane Hall of Fame for his achievements during his SCC career. Competing for Class A Okanogan (Wash.) High School, he was the state champion in the discus and runner-up in the javelin in 1985. Barrett still owns school records in both events at 174-0 and 196-10, respectively.
Barrett stays competitive by competing in Masters Track and Field competitions. In a competition in April 2003, he set an American record in the Throws Pentathlon for the age 35-39 group, which currently is ranked eighth all-time in the World All-Time Rankings.
Barrett graduated from Washington State in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in recreation leisure studies with an emphasis in sport management. He has two daughters, Kala and Kelsey.