After 12 years of high school
coaching, including 10 in his hometown of Lexington, Ohio, John Barr came to
Grove City in 1972. Teaching and coaching ďthe best young people God ever put
breath intoĒ for 26 years, along with driving a mini-bus, van, or car to
countless events and recruiting trips is the ultimate example of distinguished
service to the Collegeís athletic program.
Barr coached menís cross country, and menís basketball, initiated womenís cross country in 1986, and directed 25 summer Wolverine Basketball Camps until his retirement in 1998.
In what he describes as ďsplendid company,Ē his hoop teams received seven post-season berths and posted a 319-278 record. The 1982-83 squad won a school-record 22 games and ended the season No. 7 nationally. He received Small College Coach of the Year accolades from the Pittsburgh Press.
After Grove City joined the Presidentsí Athletic Conference in 1984, Barrís hoop teams won PAC titles in 1989, 1990 and 1991. He coached 13 of Grove Cityís 22 1,000-point scorers -- two at Lexington, who are currently first and fourth all-time at Grove City, and 11 as Wolverines. Five players earned Academic All-America honors.
Twice the menís cross country teams advanced to the NCAA Championships and Paul Cameron received All-America laurels in 1972. The menís team captured its first PAC title in 1990 and remained atop the league during Barrís tenure. The women runners notched nine straight PAC titles from 1989-1997.
Barr earned bachelorís and masterís degrees from Ohio State.