LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech head men’s basketball coach Mark Adams has announced the addition of Barret Peery as the program’s associate head coach. Peery arrives in Lubbock after being the head coach at Portland State the past four seasons and with 25 years of coaching experience.
A Payson, Utah native and Southern Utah University graduate (1996), Peery led the Vikings to a 63-57 overall record as their head coach. Before becoming the Portland State head coach, Peery was an assistant coach at Utah and Arizona State, at his alma mater Southern Utah and had most recently worked as the associate head coach at Santa Clara. He has also been the head coach at the junior college level, compiling a career record of 178-30 in six seasons at College of Southern Idaho (2002-05, 85-19 record) and Indian Hills (IA) Community College (2011-14, 93-11 record). In 2014, Indiana Hills was the NJCAA runner-up, going 34-3 and winning regional and district tiles.
In his first three seasons at Portland State, Peery’s teams won 54 games starting with a 20-14 record in his first season. The Vikings went 16-16 in his second year and 18-14 in the third season before going 9-13 in the 2020-21 season. In 2019-20, Peery directed the Vikings to their first six-game winning streak in 11 seasons and the second straight fourth-place finishes in the Big Sky – their best placings since being third in 2011-12. Peery’s teams went 30-13 in home games during his four seasons.
Under the leadership of Peery, PSU guard Holland Woods became the first Viking to be a first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection since 2011-12. He set three new school records in the 2019-20 where he rose to fifth on the Portland State all-time scoring list. Senior center Sal Nuhu earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference after leading the league in blocked shots (2.2 per game) for the second year in a row. In Peery’s final season at PSU, senior guard James Scott earned 2020-21 All-Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention selection.
Peery led Portland State to 20 wins in 2017-18 – the most ever by a first-year Viking coach and the most in 10 seasons at PSU. The Vikings secured the best nonconference record in school history (10-3), best road record ever (10-6), beat two Pac-12 teams in the same season for the first time ever, and went 7-2 in games against teams from other Division I conferences in the west. Portland State received a bid to the CollegeInsider.com post-season tournament.
In 2018-19, Peery had to incorporate eight new players to his roster. The result was a bit of a slow start, but once the Vikings got going in conference play, they were tough to beat. PSU’s 11-9 league record was the best in five seasons and its fourth-place finish was the best since 2011-12. In addition, the Vikings swept eventual league champion Montana and were the hottest team in the Big Sky in the final month, winning seven of its last eight games.
Peery was the Associate Head Coach at Santa Clara where he assisted head coach Herb Sendek in the revival of the Broncos program as it had its first winning season in four years and placed fourth in the West Coast Conference. He has also worked with head coaches Bill Evans (Southern Utah), Jim Boylen (Utah) and Heath Schroyer at Portland State.
At CSI, Peery led his team to two national tournaments in three seasons and twice led the nation in scoring. The Golden Eagles placed fourth in the nation in 2006-07. Peery was the Scenic West Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2007-08 after leading his team to a third straight SWAC title. CSI was ranked number one in the nation for the last four weeks of the regular season.
In his time as an assistant at Southern Utah (1998-2002), Peery helped lead the program to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and a 25-6 record. He also had early coaching stints at Utah Valley and Snow College.
Before getting into coaching, Peery played collegiate basketball at Snow and Southern Utah. He helped lead the Thunderbirds to two conference championships while earning Academic All-League honors and being a team co-captain. Peery was an All-Region and All-State player at Payson High School.
Peery and his wife, Tracy, have four children: daughter, Kennedy and sons, Crew, Whitton and Meyer.
2021-current Texas Tech, Associate Head Coach
2017-21 Portland State, Head Coach (63-57)
2016-17 Santa Clara, Associate Head Coach
2014-15 Arizona State, Assistant Coach
2011-14 Indian Hills CC (IA), Head Coach (93-11)
2008-11 Utah, Assistant Coach
2003-08 College of Southern Idaho, Head Coach (2005-08, 85-19), Assistant Coach (2003-05)
2002-03 Portland State, Assistant Coach
1998-02 Southern Utah, Assistant Coach
1997-98 Utah Valley, Assistant Coach
1996-97 Snow College, Assistant Coach
1995-96 Southern Utah, Graduate Assistant Coach