August 11, 2021 – Joe Barrer has been named head coach of the Lakeland Magic, the team announced today. Barrer becomes the 2nd head coach in franchise history after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the team.
“We are very excited to announce Joe Barrer as our new head coach,” said Assistant General Manager Adetunji Adedipe. “His contributions to our team over the last four years have had a tremendous impact on the organization’s success. His incredible knowledge of the game and unique ability to lead has us confident and excited about the future of the Lakeland Magic.”
Barrer has been on the bench as an assistant coach for every Lakeland Magic game in franchise history. In his four seasons coaching Lakeland under Stan Heath, the Magic were tied for the most regular season wins in the league and won the 2021 NBA G League championship.
Prior to joining the Lakeland Magic, Barrer served as an assistant coach with the Iowa Energy (now the Iowa Wolves, NBA G League affiliate of the Minnesota Timberwolves). Before joining the Energy, Barrer was an assistant coach at Bethel University and Truman State University and spent five years as the head coach of Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa. Barrer began his career as Director of Basketball Operations at George Mason University during their 2006 Final Four run.
Barrer played for four years at Saint Ambrose University where he helped lead the program to the MCC championship in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Following his collegiate playing career, Barrer received his master’s in Fitness and Health Promotion from George Mason University.