ORONO — Richard Barron will be the next women’s basketball coach at the University of Maine.

Barron, who has been the assistant coach at North Carolina State University for the last two years, will be introduced at a 4 p.m. press conference in Orono on Tuesday.

Barron, 42, is considered one of the nation’s top recruiters. He is a former head coach at Princeton University and associate head coach at Baylor University.

“Richard Barron has a reputation as a great recruiter, but he also has a great reputation as a great basketball coach,” said Maine Athletic Director Steve Abbott. “He’s someone who really understands how to build the program, including all the different aspects that go into that. The coaching, the recruiting, the marketing, the public relations. He just has such a great feel for the entire business.”

Maine began a national search for a new coach early last month after Abbott fired former playing legend Cindy Blodgett after a program worst 4-25 season.

Barron’s annual salary will be $110,000, contingent on approval by University of Maine System Chancellor Richard Pattenaude.