GETTING TO KNOW COACH PEERY (Q & A IN MAY OF 2014)...
Barret Peery, who coached Indian Hills Community College to the national title game in 2013-14 and posted 93 wins in three seasons, joined Coach Sendek’s Sun Devil staff as an assistant coach in April of 2014.
Indian Hills went 34-3 in 2013-14 and won region and district titles and in his three seasons, and his teams went 60-1 at home.
“Barret has proven to be a great recruiter and coach with a solid background,” says Coach Sendek, who led ASU to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, a 16-1 record at home, and five 20-win seasons at ASU in eight years. “We wanted to move quickly to hire a person who could make a difference in all facets of our program and continue our success and Coach Peery will do just that. We have had great success with our assistant coaches here, and Coach Peery fits the mold of what we have had in the past. He is committed, focused and understands the pace that we want to continue to play.”
Peery guided more than 15 players to Division I scholarships in his three-year tenure and his 93-11 mark was highlighted by offense, as his team’s posted high numbers on a regular basis. His 2012-13 squad averaged a school-record 97.9 points per game and reached the century mark 14 times. His first team at Indian Hills turned in a 33-4 record in 2011-12 and went undefeated in conference play and was in the top ten in the nation in scoring average and winning margin en route to the school’s tenth 30-win season. Five players from that squad signed with NCAA Division I schools.
In taking the IHCC head job, Peery returned to the junior college ranks where he got his start as a head coach and enjoyed tremendous success. He took his College of Southern Idaho team to the NJCAA Division I national tournament twice in three years as head coach, finishing fourth at the tourney in 2007.
Peery, the 2007-08 Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) Coach of the Year, led College of Southern Idaho to three straight SWAC championships—including an outright title in 2007-08. The Golden Eagles were the No. 1 ranked junior college team in the nation for the last four weeks of the regular season and finished with a 30-2 overall record and a 14-1 league mark.
In 2006-07, CSI went 30-7 under Peery and placed fourth at in the nation. In Peery's first year as the CSI head coach, the 2005-06 team posted a 25-10 record, won the Region 18 championship and participated in the NJCAA national tournament.
In those three seasons at CSI, Peery’s teams were 85-19 (.817). Two of his three teams led the nation in scoring. In three years, Peery placed 23 players in NCAA Division I programs, including all nine sophomores from the 2007-08 team. Peery was at Southern Idaho for five years, the first two as an assistant coach under Gib Arnold. A native of Payson, Utah, Peery arrived at Indian Hills after three years as an assistant coach under Jim Boylen at the University of Utah.
Prior to going to CSI, he was the top assistant at Portland State for one year as the recruiting coordinator. He helped bring in the class that took the program from five wins to 19 wins in his lone season.
Peery also coached for four years at Southern Utah University where he was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator. While at Southern Utah he helped lead that school to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance and a 25-6 record. He also coached at Snow College and Utah Valley State College.
Peery played college basketball at Snow and Southern Utah. He helped lead Southern Utah to two conference championships and, as a senior, earned academic all-conference honors and was a co-captain. In high school, Peery was a three-year basketball letterwinner and was named to the all-region and all-state teams in Utah.
Peery and his wife Tracy have four children, daughter Kennedy and sons Crew, Whitton, and Meyer.