Portland State’s Peery Headed To Texas Tech

PORTLAND – As heard on the Bald Faced Truth with John Canzano earlier today, Portland State University’s men’s basketball coach Barret Peery is headed to the Big 12 Conference.

Peery has accepted a position to be associate head coach at Texas Tech University. He joins the coaching staff of Mark Adams, who was named the Red Raiders’ new head coach on Monday and introduced on Tuesday.

Peery has spent the last four seasons as the Vikings Head Coach, compiling a 63-57 record. His winning percentage (.525) ranks second among the six Viking head coaches of the Big Sky Conference era (Ken Bone, .611).

Jase Coburn, who has served as associate head coach under Peery and worked in the Viking program for eight seasons, will take over as interim head coach.

“Over the past four years, Coach Peery developed a Men’s Basketball team that has demonstrated all our Viking Values and helped to make the Viking Pavilion a destination for fun, fast basketball,” said Director of Athletics Valerie Cleary. “I thank Coach and his family for all their dedication to Viking Athletics and wish them all the best on their next adventure.

“Coach Coburn will assume the role of Interim Head Coach for our program, and a national search will begin immediately.”

Said Peery: “My family and I are extremely grateful for our four years at Portland State. It has been a tremendous ride. We are thankful for all the coaches, players and administrators who have helped us be so successful both on and off the court. It’s a happy time and a sad time when you have to leave players and people you love and have spent hours and hours with, but we know this is the right move for our family at this time. Portland State will always be very near and dear to our heart and a place we will call home.”

A few highlights of the Barret Peery era at Portland State (2017-21):

  • Peery led PSU to its best preseason record ever in 2017-18 at 10-3. The Vikings also had their best road record ever (10-6) that season. PSU finished with a 20-win season, reaching the CollegeInsider.com post-season tournament.
  • In 2019-20 Peery directed the Vikings to their first six-game winning streak in 11 seasons. He led the team to two straight fourth-place finishes in the Big Sky (2018-19 and 2019-20) – their best placings since being third in 2011-12.
  • In 2020-21, the Vikings had two of their three best defensive performances against Division I programs in their 25-year Big Sky history. PSU held Idaho to 40 points and Idaho State to 43 points in wins.
  • In three seasons in the new Viking Pavilion under Peery, PSU has compiled a 30-13 record (.698).
  • The Vikings annually ranked among the top teams in the nation in offensive rebounding (12th in 2020-21) and turnovers forced (17th) under Peery.

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The 2020-21 basketball season was fraught with plenty of adversity from the very beginning. Like every other program in America, the challenges of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic were unprecedented. Then, when the NCAA gave the go-ahead, PSU’s season was still in doubt, and finally the start date was pushed back, and back again. Finally, the day before Thanksgiving, the Vikings were given the full go from the Oregon Health Authority to compete. In a little more than a week, PSU would be playing its first game, and the roller coaster continued through the Big Sky Championship Tournament.

After a very slow start and 10 canceled games over the course of the season, the Vikings got hot over a five-week stretch late in the season, then finally were knocked out in the first round of the post-season. PSU was 9-13 overall, 6-8 and seventh place in the Big Sky Conference.

Portland State’s defense has been a trademark during Peery’s tenure. The full-court pressure has created havoc and lots of turnovers. In 2020-21, the Vikings kept opponent point totals low as well. PSU gave up 66.5 points per game, which is the second-fewest in the Big Sky Conference era (1996-97-present, 25 seasons).

  • Only seven opponents scored more than 70 points against PSU. The Vikings went a 12-game stretch without allowing more than 70 points.
  • Opponents shot only .437 from the field and committed 16.4 turnovers per game… PSU also out-rebounds opponents by 3.2 per game.
  • PSU held Idaho to the fewest points (40) by a Division I opponent during the Big Sky Conference era (1996-97-present).

40, Idaho, 2/20/21 (71-40)
42, Sacramento State, 1/8/09 (59-42)
43, Idaho State, 1/23/21 (69-43)
43, Northern Colorado, 1/18/09 (57-43)
44, Maryland-Eastern Shore, 12/29/04 (89-44)