Justin BarkleyHead Coach
Alma Mater: Northeastern State University '04, MS '06
Office Phone: 918-343-6804
Justin Barkley begins his third season as the head men's basketball coach at Rogers State University after being named to the position on April 28, 2010.
In his first season at the helm, Barkley led the Cats to their fourth consecutive 20 win season. He also led the program on a memorable second half of the season winning 17 of 23 games as RSU streaked to the NAIA Quarterfinals and finished with a record of 22-12. Barkley led the Hillcats to the 2012 NAIA Quarterfinals for the second consecutive season as RSU tallied a 24-9 record.
Barkley, who served as the Hillcats’ assistant coach the previous two seasons, is the third head coach in the brief history of the program.
“This is an opportunity I’ve always dreamed about,” Barkley said at the time of his hiring. “I’m ecstatic to be the head coach at Rogers State, but I know that there is no time to celebrate because there’s a lot of work to be done if we are to continue the tradition of success already in place here.”
Barkley helped guide the Hillcats to a 52-13 record over the past two years as an assistant. The Hillcats claimed the school’s first Sooner Athletic Conference championship, reached the NAIA National Tournament and achieved a No. 1 national ranking in 2008-09. RSU notched its third straight 20-win season and reached the finals of SAC Postseason Tournament for the second straight year in 2009-10.
Barkley began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Coach Larry Gipson at Northeastern State University following a storied playing career. He later spent two seasons as an assistant at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, where he helped the Norsemen to a 27-9 record and their first national tournament appearance in 16 years.
Barkley left NEO to return home to the community where his father, Clyde, made the family name synonymous with basketball as the dean of Rogers County hoops for the past three decades. As a player, Justin Barkley led Inola High School to a state championship under the direction of his father in 1998. He continued his playing career at NSU, where he spurred the Redmen to a Division II National Championship in 2003.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters Degree in Health and Kinesiology.