Ken Barrettenters his fifth season as the V-Hawks head women’s golf coach and assistant men’s basketball coach. During the fourth season of women’s golf at Viterbo University, the V-Hawks saw plenty of improvement from its first three seasons as they continually competed among the top teams in each tournament they played in. As a team, the V-Hawks finished in the top three in seven tournaments including winning four tournament titles. The 2011 Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships were decided by just five strokes as the V-Hawks finished fourth as team. The 2011-12 season looks to be an exciting one as Coach Barrett returns his top five golfers from last season with the addition of four talented freshman.
Barrett joined the V-Hawks in 2007 while enjoying retirement (2005) from the La Crosse School district. Barrett spent 34 years teaching math including the final 30 years at La Crosse Central High School. While teaching, Barrett also enjoyed opportunities coaching boy’s basketball and girl’s golf. In 1997, Barrett took over a storied girl’s golf program and helped continue a tradition. He led the Raiders to six state tournament appearances in nine seasons as the head coach including a state championship in 1998. He also coached four girls that went on to play golf at the college level.
Barrett also found success on the basketball court as he coached the Raiders boy’s basketball team for 22 years. During his time as basketball coach, Barrett led the Raiders to 2 state tournament appearances including a state runner-up position in 1979. For his accomplishments on the court, Barrett was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005.
Barrett graduated from UW-La Crosse with a history/mathematics degree. He is a member at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek. Ken and his wife Mary have three children who are all educators. Their son Korey is a music professor at the University of Northern Iowa, while their daughter Jamie is a math teacher at Bangor Middle School, and their other daughter, Sarah is a special education teacher at Cashton.