Jan. 16, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State football coach Dave Doeren has announced the hiring of George Barlow as the Wolfpack’s cornerbacks coach. Barlow joins the Pack after two seasons at Vanderbilt, and during his 23-year coaching career, has spent seven seasons serving as a defensive coordinator at three different schools.
“I am very happy to add a coach with a resume like George’s,” said Doeren. “He brings invaluable coaching experience to our defensive staff, including stops as a coordinator.
“He served an integral role as a recruiting coordinator the past two seasons, and he will be a key recruiter for us in D.C., Virginia, Florida and Georgia, among other areas.”
Barlow spent the past two seasons at Vanderbilt, serving as the defensive backs coach as well as the defensive recruiting coordinator.
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
Prior to his time at Vanderbilt, Barlow spent three seasons at New Mexico. 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. In his first two seasons, he was the assistant head coach while coaching the DBs.
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 spent 10 seasons at James Madison (1999-2008), including the final five as defensive coordinator. During his time with the Dukes, he coached safeties (2004-08), defensive line (2002-03) and running backs (1999-2001).
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.
He also spent three seasons at Oklahoma, coaching outside linebackers and safeties in 1998 after serving as a graduate assistant from 1996-97.
Barlow’s first stint as a defensive coordinator came at West Virginia State in 1995, after serving as the defensive line coach at Hutchinson (Kansas) CC in 1994. Barlow started his coaching career at his alma mater Marshall, serving as a grad assistant in 1991 before coaching linebackers from 1992-93.
In college, Barlow was an all-conference safety at Marshall from 1986-90. He was a member of the 1987 Thundering Herd squad that played in the NCAA I-AA national title game.
Barlow graduated in 1990 with a degree in business administration concentrating in finance and business law.
Barlow has a daughter, Kierstin Paige.
The Barlow File
Birthplace: Chicago, Ill.
Alma Mater: Marshall, 1990
Playing Experience: Marshall (Safety, 1986-90)
2012-13- Vanderbilt (defensive recruiting coordinator/defensive backs)
2011 - New Mexico (interim head coach/assistant head coach/defensive coordinator)
2009-10 - New Mexico (assistant head coach/defensive backs)
2004-08 - James Madison (assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/safeties)
2002-03 - James Madison (defensive line)
1999-2001 - James Madison (running backs)
1998 - Oklahoma (outside LBs/safeties)
1996-97 - Oklahoma (graduate assistant)
1995 - West Virginia State (defensive coordinator)
1994 - Hutchinson (Kan.) CC (defensive line)
1992-93 - Marshall (linebackers)
1991 - Marshall (graduate assistant)