Josh Barsh just finished his first season as the head boys basketball coach at Foss High School in Tacoma. He led the Falcons to an 18-8 record and a South Puget Sound League title. He was also named the SPSL Coach of the Year.
We recently caught up with Barsh and asked him seven questions.
Why did you get into coaching?
I got into coaching because it’s a great way to help change lives. I have an extreme passion for the game and what it can do for people’s lives. Seeing a player fail, succeed and learn new things on and off the court is what drives me everyday.
What are your coaching aspirations?
To continue to grow and learn from others and my situations. To coach at the highest level possible, while also providing opportunities for youth to reach their specific goals. I enjoy pro, college, and high school ball. My plan is to give the game my all and see where it takes me. I would really like to get involved with USA Basketball.
Who is your coaching mentor?
I have a few that I communicate with regularly and who have made impacts on my coaching. Carl Howell has been a huge influence in my career dating back to playing for him at Tacoma Community College. Whether it X’s and O’s or how to deal with certain situations we deal with as coaches, he’s always giving good advice. Other mentors are my younger brother Rjay, who’s a D2 Coach at SEU in Florida, and Mark Lovelady, former Life Christian Coach.
What is your best coaching resource?
Podcast, Basketball Immersion, CoachU, Championship Productions, YouTube, Internet!
Who is the best coach you’ve matched X’s and O’s with?
My bro RJay Barsh. We get into it pretty deep! Love it.
Who are the best players you’ve coached?
Micah Pollard and Zack Paulsen.
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
High School: Puyallup HS, Class of 1999
College: Tacoma Community College, 2002; Montana State, Class of 2005
Coaching career: Assistant coach at Puyallup HS, Life Christian, University of Puget Sound, Annie Wright. Currently the head coach at Foss HS.