Henry Barrera joined the Liberty men's basketball program as its Director of Performance in June 2015 and was promoted to his current position as Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports in July 2018.
Barrera comes to Liberty from the state of Oregon, where he was a Performance Training Specialist at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton. While at Nike he was instrumental in designing training content for multiple projects including Jordan Brand's Terminal 23 in New York and The Hangar in Los Angeles. He continues to consultant with many training companies including Nike Basketball, the Jordan Brand, Nike N7, Shoot 360 and multiple others.
As a basketball player, Barrera began his college career with Leon Rice at Yakima Valley Community College helping rebuild a dormant program and eventually becoming league co-champs in 1996-97. After two years at Yakima Valley Community College Henry moved onto Multnomah University where he had a stellar career, averaging close to 20.0 ppg and dishing out almost 8.0 apg. Barrera was rewarded for his hard work and dedication by being named a three-time All-American and was ultimately honored with the 1999-2000 NCCAA Pete Maravich National Player of the Year award.
After receiving his bachelor's degree, Barrera played one season of professional basketball in Sweden before beginning his coaching and performance training career 14 years ago. Along the way, Barrera made a stop at Concordia University, serving as the men's basketball strength and conditioning coach for four years, where he received a Master's degree. In addition, Barrera has spent the last decade serving in multiple capacities at the high school level, including the last seven years at West Linn High School where he helped build the Lions into one of the top programs in the country, winning three straight Oregon state championships.
Barerra has built a strong reputation for his relentless pursuit to improve human performance, specifically for basketball players. His history as a player and integrated training philosophy allow him to impact the program in multiple ways.
Barrera has owned and operated Hoop Diaries, a basketball and performance training company for the last seven years, training athletes world-wide with the mission of learning, sharing and growing.
He makes his way to the Hill City along with his wife of 15 years, Melody, and four children - three daughters, Maya, Malia, and Moriah, and son, Marquez.