PLAYING EXPERIENCE: An all-conference safety at Marshall from 1986-90. He was a member of the 1987 Thundering Herd squad that played for the I-AA title.
EDUCATION: Earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Marshall in 1990.
PERSONAL DATA: Born in Chicago, Ill. Has a daughter, Kierstin Paige.
BOWL EXPERIENCE: As a coach - 2013 BBVA Compass Bowl, 2012 Music City Bowl.
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2008 James Madison, 2004 James Madison.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: As a coach - In his two seasons at Vanderbilt, Barlow mentored the team's defensive backs into one of the SEC's most productive units. In 2013, Vanderbilt ranked 13th nationally in interceptions (18) and finished 23rd in pass defense. The season before the defense was third in the SEC and 14th in the NCAA in pass defense. Barlow was a 2012 finalist for defensive backs coach of the year by FootballScoop.com. In 2011, Barlow served as the defensive coordinator for the Lobos, and four games into the season he was named the team's interim head coach after Mike Locksley was relieved. The 2011 New Mexico defense was led by middle linebacker Carmen Messina. The senior was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference recipient after topping the league in tackles for a third straight year. He also broke the WAC career record with 454 tackles, including a career-high 21 stops in the 2011 finale at Boise State. Barlow experienced tremendous success at JMU, helping guide the Dukes to the 2004 NCAA I-AA national championship and FCS postseason appearances in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Barlow's JMU was consistently among the nation's best. In 2006, the Dukes were second nationally in sacks and fourth in rush defense (84.8 ypg). In 2005, the unit ranked first nationally in rush defense. In JMU's championship season of 2004, the Dukes set a FCS record for sacks and ranked second in the nation in rush defense. Barlow coached several JMU defensive standouts, including linebacker Akeem Jordan, the AFCA NCAA I-AA Player of the Year in 2006.