Young Gun: Barber Named New Hood Head Coach
from press release
FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick native Brad Barber has been elevated to head coach of the Hood College men's lacrosse program. At just 23 years of age, Barber becomes the youngest head lacrosse coach in NCAA Division III.
"We are very excited to have Brad become our next men's lacrosse coach," Director of Athletics Tom Dickman observed. "I really think we are fortunate to have one of the top young coaching minds in men's lacrosse on our sidelines."
Barber served as a graduate assistant for the Blazers the past two seasons after completing his playing career at Division I Robert Morris University. Hood's 2013 squad set a school record for face-off percentage and produced the program's first two all-conference selections.
"I'm ecstatic for the opportunity to become the head coach at Hood College," said Barber. "It's exciting to have a chance to continue to build the program. I'm very much looking forward to what the future holds for men's lacrosse team at Hood."
Barber, the eighth head coach in program history at Hood, passes Olivet head coach Adam Hague for the distinction of youngest head coach in Division III men's lacrosse. Hague, at 24 years old, is one of three other men's lacrosse coaches at the level under the age of 25.
In high school, Barber was a four-year starter for the Tuscarora Titans. He continued his career as a reserve on defense at RMU, where he contributed to the growing success of the Colonials' program. In 2011, the Colonials posted a record of 9-7 and advanced to the inaugural Northeast Conference tournament as the No. 3 seed.
Barber has been actively involved in the lacrosse community, giving private lessons and volunteering with the Western Maryland Youth Lacrosse organization to help young athletes learn the game of lacrosse and grow interest around the area.
Barber has coached with many high school level club programs to help young athletes work towards their goal of playing at the collegiate level. Most recently, Barber was a speaker at the 2013 U.S. Lacrosse Convention, where he spoke to over 150 youth and high school coaches about team and individual defense.
In 2012, he established the Maryland Lacrosse Showcase Frederick, Md., one of the largest recruiting events of its kind on the East Coast. Going into its second year, the showcase has attracted over 550 athletes from 37 states, five Canadian provinces and Europe.
Barber has also developed one of the largest club programs in Western Maryland for high school athletes, attracting players from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and all regions of Maryland.
Barber graduated from Robert Morris in 2011 with a degree in sports management and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Hood in 2013.