Barett Palmer completed his second season as assistant coach for the University of Northern Colorado women's basketball team.
In 2005-06, Palmer helped lead the Bears to wins over three 2005 WNIT opponents (Illinois, Marquette, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi). Illinois and Marquette also made it to the WNIT field in 2006. Northern Colorado also had runner-up finishes at the 2005 Wingate Classic in Bozeman, Mont., and the 2005 Nugget Classic in Reno, Nev.
The Bears finished with a 13-15 record in 2005-06, their best mark since beginning a full Division I schedule in 2004-05, and was second in the nation in 3-pointers made per game with 8.4. Three Bears players were named to the All-Division I Independent Team, in addition to four Bears being named to the All-Academic Team.
Palmer is a 2004 graduate of Metro State College in Denver. He earned his undergraduate degree in history with a minor in coaching fundamentals.
His coaching experience began as a the head freshmen boys coach at Boulder High School for the 2000-01 school year. He then moved up to to assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach from 2001-2003.
Palmer moved over to Monarch High School in 2003-04 and served as the assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach. At Monarch HS Palmer worked with Ken Niven, who has won four state titles. Palmer helped in the development of 6'10" Chris Lamb, who is a scholarship student-athlete at San Diego State.
Palmer played high school basketball from 1996-1999 for current head coach Ron Vlasin at Arapahoe High School.
"Barett was one of my former players at Arapahoe," said head coach Ron Vlasin. "He is a hard worker who came to our staff and fit right in immediately."
Palmer's duties include assisting Vlasin with the daily operations of the program, recruiting in Colorado, Nebraska and Utah, game scheduling, coordinating the team's defense, film exchange and summer camps. Palmer also serves as the team's compliance liaison and budget manager.