Ernest Barrett was named an assistant coach for the North Carolina A&T cross country/track and field programs by
Over his career, Barrett has coached nine NCAA All-Americans, 41 NCAA qualifiers
Barrett's MDES career also included winning four men’s and women’s cross country titles each. He also owns three MEAC women’s track and field titles with two indoor and one outdoor. He was named MEAC Outstanding Coach of the Year 11 times.
During his time at Coppin, Barrett coached three All-Americans in the 800 (Diana Pitts in 1994, Twana Allen in 1996, and Ian Roberts in 1997), three participants in the USA Track and Field Championships (Pitts in `94, Damion Johnson in `97 and `99), two Olympic trials qualifiers (Pitts and Allen in `96), two World Indoor Track Championship participants (Johnson and Roberts in `99), and one world-record holder and World Champion (Damion Johnson for the United States 4x400-meter relay team in `99).
Barrett served as the assistant coach at Coppin for one year before taking over the reigns as head coach. Prior to working with the Eagles, Barrett was the head coach of the track and field program at Falls Church High School in Falls Church, Va.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Barrett also has an outstanding resume as an athlete. He was an Olympic trial qualifier and garnered All-American honors seven times in the 800 meters, the 4x800 meter relay, and 4x400 relay. He was a member of the 4x800 relay team that broke the world record in 1989 with a time of 7:17.77. Barrett is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He enjoyed a successful track career at George Mason University, earning a B.S. degree in community health education in 1991.
Barrett and his wife have two daughters, Tasia and Kristen.