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Matt Barrett
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Matt Barrett 809664
Position: Wide Receivers Coach

Wide receiver coach Matt Barrett is part of an offensive staff that directed Sam Houston to an amazing season in 2012.

The Bearkats became only the third team in NCAA Division I FCS annals to score 600 points in one season. Sam Houston set school season records for most points and most touchdowns and ranked No. 10 nationally in toal offense.

During Barrett's first season, the Kats rolled up a 11-4 record, won the Southland Conference championship and reached the NCAA Division I championship finals for the second consecutive season.

Formerly offensive coordinator at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Barrett joined head coach Willie Fritz's staff at Sam Houston State University in March, 2012.

His experience in coaching includes tutoring wide receivers, running backs, tight ends and quarterbacks.

Barrett served two seasons with the Lions after a 10-year stint as an assistant coach at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

In his two seasons with MSSU under head coach Bart Tatum, Barrett tutored nine Lion players earned all-conference honors a total of 12 times. The 2010 MSSU offense threw for more than 2,500 yards and rushed for almost 1,800 yards.

He was hired by David Bennett in 2000 at NCAA Division II Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, where he coached running backs. Later he was promoted to offensive coordinator under head coach Chip Hester and coached quarterbacks and wide receivers.

Barrett helped direct Catawba to four South Atlantic Conference championships including an appearance in the NCAA Division II national semifinals.

As an assistant at Catawba, Barrett coached AFCA All-America quarterback Brad Roach, who was also the SAC Player of the Year.  He also helped produce two of the top three single-season receivers in school history. 

Catawba's 81 touchdowns ranked second nationally and the offense set school records in scoring, yards per game, total yards and numberous passing marks.

Barrett came to Catawba as an offensive assistant in 2000. He coached the defensive scout team and was responsible for opponent scouting. He was the running back coach in 2001 and 2002 and coordinated the running game. Barrett coached the quarterbacks and coordinated the passing game in 2003 and 2004, while serving as the co-offensive coordinator.

Barrett began coaching at Orange County High School where he coached the defensive backs and special teams for legendary head coach Mike Stewart.

As an offensive coordinator Barrett as coached teams that set all-time school records for
      Scoring average (2007) 44.5 (National ranking 3rd)
      Yards per game (2007) 477.9 (National ranking 12th)
      Rushing yards per carry (2007) 5.0
      Passing yards (2007)  3,597
      Third down conversions (2007) 49%
      Touchdowns (2007)  81 (National ranking 2nd)
      Single season rusher (2008)  1,141 yards

As quarterbacks and wide receivers coach:
      2007 AFCA first team All-America quarterback
      SAC Player of the Year - QB (2007) Cactus Bowl (2008)
      SAC Player of the Year - QB (2003) Cactus Bowl (2004)
      SAC first team wide receiver (2007)
      QBs who set records for single game, season & career passing yards
      QBs who set marks for single game and season touchdown passes

As running backs coach
     School record holder in career and single season rushing yards
     SAC freshman of the year and first team All-Conference

Team accomplishments
     Five national playoff appearances
     National semifinalists 2001
     Conference champions 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007
     Undefeated regular season 2000

Barrett graduated from N.C. State in 1999 with a degree in business management and a minor in coaching education.

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