MANSFIELD – There will be a changing of the guard along Championship Drive this winter.
Mansfield St. Peter's High School Athletic Department announced Monday afternoon that Michael Barrett will be the new head boys basketball coach for the 2020-21 season. Barrett takes over for Joe Jakubick, who led the Spartans to the Elite Eight three times during his six-year tenure.
St. Peter's has one of the most historic small-school traditions in Ohio, having won two state championships. The first came in 1968 under Bob Frye, generally regarded as the architect of the boys basketball program. The Spartans won another title in 1978 under coach Pat Maurer.
Barrett has served as the Spartans boys junior varsity basketball coach for the past three seasons.
"He developed a strong rapport with the players, parents, and fans," said athletics director David Miller in a press release issued Monday afternoon. "Mike is eager to take on this new role and be a part of the rich tradition of basketball at St. Peter's.
"As a former Spartan, he is honored to be able to lead our boys basketball program."
Barrett said he plans to bring excitement to the program by hosting a "Midnight Madness" practice to open up the 2020-2021 season. The plan is for that event to be live-streamed on the St. Peter's Spartans Facebook page.
He also envisions engaging the elementary and junior high students "with a renewed focus on youth camps and player development with the support of our student-athletes."
Barrett with be the 17th head coach to lead the Spartans.