Keith Barnett is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Air Force volleyball team. Barnett, who joined the Falcons’ program in January 2015, brings a wealth of knowledge to the Academy staff, backed by Division II head coaching experience and a standout playing career at the collegiate, national and international levels. In addition to his coaching duties, Barnett also serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
During his first season on the Falcons’ bench, Barnett helped Air Force to five Mountain West wins – a mark that matches the second-most conference victories in Division I history – and its second-highest overall win total (12) in more than a decade. Last year, he coached the Falcons to their best non-conference winning percentage in nearly 20 years (.692) and the tournament title at the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Classic.
To date, Barnett has coached two Falcons to all-conference recognition and helped the Falcons reset seven Division I records (four DI all-time, three DI single-season).
Barnett came to the Academy after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at West Texas A&M University. During his two years on the bench, the Lady Buffs compiled a 67-9 record, which included back-to-back 16-0 conference seasons and a NCAA Division II national semifinal appearance in 2013.
Prior to his stint in Texas, Barnett spent four years as the head coach at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. While at UCCS, Barnett went 68-46 and was the second-winningest coach in program history. He was the fastest coach in school history to win 50 matches and led the Mountain Lions to at least 16 victories in all four seasons. The 10 home wins in 2011 were the second-most in program history and the 18 total victories tied for fifth in UCCS records.
Before his time at UCCS, Barnett was the head coach at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs for two years. He led the Rams to a third-place finish in the Colorado Class 5A State Tournament in 2008, after a Sweet 16 season in 2007.
Barnett brings a wealth of experience to Air Force, having had a standout career at Pepperdine University. A second-team All-American setter at Pepperdine in 2001, Barnett went on to earn a gold medal at the World University Games in Beijing later that year. In addition, he was a member of the U.S. National Team from 2001-02 and 2005-06.
Barnett’s playing career not only encompassed his time at Pepperdine and with the U.S. National Team, but in overseas action as well. He played professionally in Belgium for three seasons, with stops in St. Vith, Halen and Lennik. He also spent seasons in Spain and Romania.
Barnett and his wife, Jessica, are the parents of three girls – Brooklyn, Elyse and Harper.