Warriors News · Behind the Name “Coach Barr”


All good things have to start somewhere. For the case of Coach Barr, it all started here in Winamac. During high school, Coach Barr did everything. He played football for four years, basketball for four years, golf for four years, baseball for three years, and was even a member of the chess team. After high school, Coach Barr attended Olivet Nazarene University. There, he played baseball for a year and football for four years. Initially, Coach Barr was majoring in Communication but eventually changed his major to Physical Education. While majoring in Physical Education, Coach Barr minored in General Science. Later on, he got an endorsement in Biology and then got his Master’s in Physical Education from IU.
Coach Barr got his coaching career started off at Knox High School. His biggest coaching inspirations were John Wooden and Dick Dullaghan. John Wooden was a very successful basketball coach. Dick Dullaghan was the most successful coach in the history of HS football. Many of Coach Barr’s philosophes are molded by Dick Dullaghan. To this day, Coach Barr keeps in contact with him.
Mr. Barr coached many different sports at a variety of schools. It all started at Knox where he coached MS football, freshman basketball, and golf for three years. He then went to Bishop Chatard to coach freshman football and freshman basketball until he moved up as the head football coach for nine years, while winning two state championships . There, he taught Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. After that, he went to Noblesville for fifteen years. He was the head football coach for nine years and.  Coach Barr taught Biology and Advanced Physical conditioning. After his time in Noblesville, Coach Barr went to Madison Grant to teach Biology and be the head football coach and coach of both the boy’s & girl’s track team. Coach Barr is entering his fifth year here at Winamac. During this time, he taught Biology and is currently teaching two P.E. classes and Health. He coached Middle School basketball, Freshman boys basketball, and he is entering his third year as the head coach for the football team.
Mr. Barr has always had his sights on coaching. While he was in high school, his coaches were a great influence on him and taught him that teamwork and attitude can drive you to a common goal. He also felt that there needed to be more positive male role models for young people. Being a coach and a teacher was a great way to help this issue. Coach Barr chose football because it is the greatest team sport. It has many core values such as teamwork, work ethic, attitude, accountability, dependability, and goal setting. Following these values and philosophies, Coach Barr wouldn’t be the man he is today without them.