Jake Barreau is in his third season with the Bears after joining the program in June 2014. Barreau works extensively with MSU’s defensive players, helping the 2015 Bears rank fifth nationally in total digs while libero Emily Butters set the school’s freshman record with 568 digs before earning a spot training with USA Volleyball in the summer of 2016. Additionally, Missouri State has been the top team in the Missouri Valley Conference in service reception the last two seasons, allowing an average of 0.85 aces per set over that time.
Five Bears have earned a total of seven all-MVC selections since Barreau joined the staff, with Lily Johnson twice being an AVCA All-America honorable mention choice and Kinsey Batten joining her on the team in 2015. Those two players also earned MVC Player and Setter of the Year laurels, respectively, that season.
Barreau was a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Assocation Thirty Under 30 Award in 2016, given annually to thirty up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old in the sport at all levels of the game.
Prior to joining the MSU staff, Barreau spent the 2013 season as a volunteer assistant for Wisconsin’s NCAA runner-up team. While working for his alma mater, Barreau prepared scouting videos and assisted in practice drills for the Badgers while training a pair of All-Americans in setter Lauren Carlini and outside hitter Ellen Chapman. He then spent the spring of 2014 as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Chicago State before joining MSU.
Before coming to the collegiate ranks, Barreau was the head girls volleyball coach at Monona Grove High School in Monona, Wis., for three years, mentoring a total of 10 all-conference players and guiding the club from an eight-win season in 2010 to 15 victories in 2011. He also spent four years at the Capital Volleyball Academy in Stoughton, Wis., serving as head coach of the Boys 14 Red and Girls 14 Red clubs while assisting the 17 Red team that placed third at the AAU national tournament in 2012.
Barreau was also extensively involved in the Wisconsin club volleyball programs while an undergraduate, leading the UW women’s club “A” team to a 45-5 record and ninth-place national finish in 2012-13 while coaching three All-Americans. He also served on the staff a year earlier as the team won the 2012 NCVF national title.
Barreau also played for the Wisconsin men’s club team that reached as high as fourth in the national rankings, earning second-team all-conference honors in 2012 and being named the 2010 and 2011 Big Ten Men’s Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Year.
A native of Portage, Wis., Barreau graduated from Wisconsin in 2013 with degrees in marketing and Spanish.