Missouri State volleyball head coach Melissa Stokes completed her 2014 coaching staff Tuesday (June 10) with the hiring of Jake Barreau (pronounced buh-ROO) as assistant coach. Barreau, who was a volunteer assistant for Wisconsin's NCAA runner-up team in 2013, begins his duties June 16, filling the vacancy created by Fritz Rosenberg's departure in April.
While coaching at his alma mater last fall, 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.
"I am thrilled to join such a well-respected program in Missouri State University. The administrative and fan support is top-notch," said Barreau. "I want to thank Coach Stokes and Casey Hunt for this opportunity. People on and around the campus have genuine pride in being a part of the Bear family and that lends itself to an amazing playing environment. I can't wait to be a part of furthering the legacy of success at MSU."
"After an extensive search, the staff and players agree, Jake brings a lot of experience in his time in college athletics," added Stokes. "He has worked under several successful mentors in our profession; Pete Waite and Kelly Sheffield at Wisconsin, Toby Rens at Chicago State, and former USA National team member Cathy Noth. Jake brings a lot of energy, the ability to step on the court to play and demonstrate, as well as a high volleyball I.Q."
Prior to joining 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. His hire is pending final approval by the Missouri State University Board of Governors at its next meeting on June 20.