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Lady Testers get new director of operations

RUSTON, LA (KSLA/Louisiana Tech Sports Information) -

Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon announced Monday that she has hired Ronnie Barney as the director of basketball operations for the Lady Techster program.

                Barney's hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.

                "It is a pleasure having Ronnie on board with us," Weatherspoon said. "He is a guy who understands our history and where we are trying to go. He has been a coach, and he understands his new position goes in a different direction than coaching. He is willing to make the sacrifice, knowing he can't coach the kids yet knowing what he does is so very important to the everyday success of our student-athletes. He is close with Mike (Ekanem) and Drew (Miller) so there is a major connection that keeps the office atmosphere close-knit. He is very thorough. He is a perfectionist."

                Barney's primary responsibilities will include supervising all social media aspects of the Lady Techster program including digital media, handling all video components, and overseeing team travel and all the day-to-day administrative duties.

            "Working for Coach "Spoon" is nothing less than a blessing," Barney said. "She has everything invested in this program and community, and she delivers that message with such excitement and enthusiasm. This program has a ton of tradition and history filled with success and we are all here with the same mentality that the tradition must continue. I am beyond blessed and honored to be a member of the Lady Techster's family."


                The San Antonio native brings a coaching background to the program as he has experience on the high school level as well as in the AAU basketball circles. Barney was an integral part of the Sophia Young Elite AAU program sponsored by WNBA all-star Sophia Young and a Nike affiliate where he spent the majority of two years as an assistant coach before taking over as the director and head coach in May. The organization finished ranked 38th nationally this past year.

                During his time with the program he assisted with on-the-floor coaching while also coordinating many of the off-the-floor tasks such as practice plans, scheduling, website maintenance and team travel.

                In addition to the Sophia Young program, Barney also worked as an assistant coach with the Overtime Select Boys AAU organization while also serving as the head varsity boys coach at Our Lady of the Atonement Academy in San Antonio in 2009.

                Barney earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Schreiner University in 2008 where he was a four-year letter winner and team MVP (2008) for the men's basketball program.

                Weatherspoon still has one full-time assistant coach position that she will be filling in the near future.

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