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Matt Barrett, formerly offensive coordinator at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, has joined head coach Willie Fritz's staff at Sam Houston State University as wide receivers coach.

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, 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.

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.

The wide receivers coach joins Doug Ruse (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks) and Bart Tatum (offensive line) as new members of Fritz's staff in time for 2012 spring practice for Sam Houston State. The Bearkats are defending Southland Conference champions and were NCAA Division I Football Championship finalists last year, ending the season with a 14-1 record.

 "Doug, Bart and Matt are quality people, the kind of guys who are in this business for the right reason, which is the molding of young men," Fritz said. " I want guys who are outstanding coaches, not just X's and O's, but technique and fundamentals. I think it will be good to bounce ideas off of those guys. Plus, I needed guys who were flexible enough to come into a system that's already in place and adapt to us."

Barrett began coaching at Orange County High School where he coached the defensive backs and special teams. He graduated from N.C. State in 1999 with a degree in business management and a minor in coaching education.

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