July 21, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – On Monday Colorado State head football coach Jim McElwain announced the addition of Kevin Barbay as director of player personnel.
Barbay will play a key role in CSU’s recruiting efforts, coordinating several aspects of the Rams’ overall year-round recruiting process. He will act as a link between the coaching and support staff to develop student-athletes on and off the field, including strength and condition coaches and academic coordinators. Additionally, Barbay will serve as the liaison between CSU and NFL scouts for pro-day events, and assists with camps, clinics and other football-related activities.
“My family and I are extremely excited to be joining the Ram family and Coach McElwain’s staff,” Barbay said. “I have done a lot of research on the town and I’m super excited to move my family to Fort Collins. I feel that I’m coming into the Colorado State football program at an exciting time.”
Barbay comes to Fort Collins from Lamar University, where he spent two seasons as the Cardinals’ wide receiver coach. In 2013, Barbay coached second-team All-Southland Conference selection Reggie Begelton, who led the league with 82 receptions and finished third with 858 yards.
Coaching arguably the strongest receiving corps in the conference, the Cardinals pass-catchers hauled in nearly 300 receiving yards per game, while breaking over 20 team and individual records.
Barbay recruited Southeast Texas, Houston/Bay area and Kansas junior colleges while with Lamar. He signed running back Kade Harrington, who rushed for 880 yards and eight touchdowns and hauled in 48 receptions for 376 yards on his way to becoming the 2013 Southland Freshman of the Year.
"We're very fortunate to be able to welcome Kevin to the Ram Family," McElwain said. "The importance of this position toward the overall success of our program is immeasurable, and it speaks volumes about the perception of our program that we had so much interest in this position. I'm excited to get a guy with Kevin's football background as well as his many strong relationships. His knowledge and organization of the recruiting process and the skills he has developed as a college assistant coach and a high school head coach make him a valuable asset to our program."
Prior to Lamar, Barbay spent two years as the athletics director and head coach at Warren (Texas) High School. On the collegiate level, the native of Nederland, Texas, was a graduate assistant at Baylor from the fall of 2006 to the summer of 2007, before accepting his first full-time coaching job at Texas A&M-Commerce. He spent two seasons as the Lions as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach before taking the tight ends coach position at the University of North Texas in 2009.
Barbay, a graduate of Lamar University, replaces Drew Hill, who accepted a job with the University of Oklahoma last week
Barbay and his wife Kaci have two daughters, Kynslie and Karoline, and one son, Karson.
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