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The Boise State men’s basketball team plans to hire Southeastern University head coach RJay Barsh as an assistant coach, multiple sources confirmed to the Idaho Press on Monday.

The Boise State men’s basketball team has hired Southeastern University head coach RJay Barsh as an assistant coach, multiple sources confirmed to the Idaho Press Monday.

The deal is pending the necessary paperwork from human resources including a background check, a source said, and could be announced by Boise State as early as this week.

Barsh, who went 129-86 in seven seasons at the NAIA Division II school in Lakeland, Florida, previously was an assistant coach at Tacoma Community College from 2008-12 and has extensive recruiting ties in the Northwest.

His bio at Southeastern University referred to him as “one of the top recruiters on the West Coast” and noted an article in Bleacher Report that said he was “a main catalyst for the Titans recruiting and developmental success.”

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Barsh made three trips to the NAIA Division II National Tournament with Southeastern, including a run to the ‘Fab Four’ in 2014. His teams finished with a record better than .500 in five of his seven seasons, including back-to-back 20-win campaigns the past two years.

Boise State has been searching for an assistant coach since Chris Acker left to become an assistant coach at San Diego State in early June.

Barsh played at Tacoma Community College from 2001-2003 before starting his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Puget Sound from 2005-2007. He then spent a year coaching at Lincoln High School in Tacoma before returning to TCC as an assistant coach.

A message from the Idaho Press to Barsh wasn’t immediately returned. 

B.J Rains has covered Boise State athletics for the Idaho Press since 2013. He is an Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll voter, and also contributes to KBOI-TV as a Boise State insider.

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