I’ve mentioned this several times over the past two weeks. It’s official now… RJ Barch has been appointed as an assistant at Florida State, replacing Charlton Young (Missouri). here it is release From FSU:
RJ Barch, a veteran with more than 15 years of coaching experience, was appointed as an assistant basketball coach at Florida State by coach Leonard Hamilton. Barch has been an assistant coach at Boise State for the past three seasons where he helped lead the Broncos to the 2022 NCAA Championship where they set records for total wins (27), conference wins (15), and consecutive wins (14) en route. To win the Mountain West regular season title right away and seize the Mountain West Championship.
Boise State became just the fifth team in Mountain West Conference history to win both the regular season championship and the conference championship in the same season in 2022. Barch has been an assistant coach at Boise State in each of the past three seasons with the Broncos averaging 22.0 wins in one season
Thanks to its exciting season, Boise State ranked No. 8 in the 2022 NCAA Championships.
Barch also helped the Boyz reach the NIT quarterfinals in 2021.
“R-Jay Barsh is a perfect fit at the perfect time for our basketball program,” said Hamilton. “His capabilities – in both recruitment and training – will fit right in with our crew, especially our players. R-Jay’s ability to connect with players is an extension of our culture, allowing us to continue building our NewBlood brand. The one thing that really excites me about R-Jay is He has head and assistant coaching expertise. The perspective that comes from performing at a high level in both seats on the bench only expands that dimension among our employees.”
Prior to taking his position at Boise State, Barch spent the previous seven seasons as head coach at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. While with SEU, he led Fire to three appearances in the NAIA Division II National Championships, a first for the program in school history. In his second season, SEU went 27-7 and reached the NAIA Fab Four during its first post-season tournament, ultimately earning Brush a nod as a finalist for the Don Meyer National Coach of the Year award. Barch also led Fire to an appearance in the championship after the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
Barch helped lead Tacoma Community College to three Western District titles in four seasons and the NWAACC Championship in 2012. The Titans also made the Elite 8 in the NWAACC Championship in 2009. Prior to TCC, he spent one season at Lincoln High School (Tacoma), where he helped In directing the school to the fourth state final, he scored 26-5.
Barch also served as an assistant coach at Puget Sound, his alma mater, from 2005 to 2007. In his first season with the Loggers, the program finished with a 26-5 score and an NCAA D-III Elite Eight appearance.
Barch played collectively with the TCC from 2001-2003, where he helped lead the Titans to a record 30-3 and an NWAACC title (2001-02). He was honored at all conferences the following season.
“When I started coaching, I embarked on a journey of using the game of basketball to affect the lives of others, and no one does it better than coach Hamilton,” Barch said. “The opportunity to join him and the staff in Florida allows me to do what I love in a place I have always loved.
“Boise State and Leon Rice taught me how to manage the day-to-day intricacies of a championship level program. Being in Florida is a step in my coaching career built on relationships and doing the work required to be a successful coach at that level.”