Barrett named Riverdale coach

Barrett named Riverdale coach

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Barrett named Riverdale coach

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Riverdale was the perfect fit for Cory Barrett, and the new Riverdale girls coach was the perfect fit for the Lady Warriors’ program.

Barrett, who has been the head girls basketball coach at Hickman County High School the past five years, was named the new Riverdale coach on Tuesday.

He succeeds John Wild, who led the Lady Warriors to the TSSAA Class AAA state title last season before accepting an assistant’s job at Lipscomb University.

“Anytime a job comes up like Riverdale, it’s going to gain a lot of interest,” Barrett said. “I was definitely interested from the start. Riverdale is a dream job. I think it’s one of the best jobs in the state, if not the country.”

Riverdale Principal Tom Nolan said there were several quality applicants, but Barrett emerged as the ideal one.

“The main thing is he is a real good fit for our program,” Nolan said. “He’s very familiar with our program and he’s been around the girls through AAU.

“We had several good applicants, and I wanted to take my time and talk to everybody. It just kept coming back to Cory Barrett. I thought he was the right fit for what we have coming back.”

Barrett, who is the nephew of MTSU women’s coach Rick Insell, is a 1993 graduate of Cannon County. He was a boys assistant at Riverdale under former coach Brandon Burke in 2000 and 2001. He also helped out with MTSU’s women in 2006 and 2007.

“When Mr. Nolan called me I was ecstatic, and I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to be at a place like Riverdale,” Barrett said. “They’ve got a great team and a great program. It started way back before they won state championships.

“They’ve won three state championships with three different coaches. There’s a winning formula there. My idea is to basically do some of the things they did and implement my philosophy. I don’t want to change much because the formula is there.”

Barrett said he understands that expectations will be high again next season.

“Anything besides a state championship for Riverdale is probably disappointing, but we can’t win it tomorrow,” he said. “The process of building and putting yourself in position to get back to the state tournament will be the No. 1 goal.

“The kids and I will have to get together and be hungry and not be complacent. Sometimes winning a state title can make you complacent. I’m just excited to have the opportunity to coach these great kids.”

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