Notre Dame Preparatory has announced the hiring of Brent Barnes as the Saints new head football coach.
Coach Barnes comes to NDP after four years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Norman North High School in Norman, Okla, according to a press release.
“We are eager to welcome Brent and his family into our community. Brent brings with him an outstanding combination of football knowledge and educational practice to NDP. His personal faith and professional experience in the formation of young men and women make him the ideal individual to lead our football program,” said Notre Dame Principal Jim Gmelich in a prepared statement.
During his coaching tenure at Norman North, Coach Barnes’ offense finished in the top five in class 6A three times in total offense and points and first in passing yards. In 2012, Norman North earned state runner-up honors.
In addition to his duties with the football program, Coach Barnes teaches business, marketing and computer applications at Norman North.
In the three years prior to joining the Norman North staff, Coach Barnes taught computer applications at Tulsa Union High School. He was the school’s wide receivers and running backs coach for a program that won the Oklahoma class 6A state championship three consecutive years, the release states.
Barnes brings Arizona coaching experience to NDP. He began his teaching and coaching career at Tolleson High School. He also served as offensive coordinator at Buckeye Union High School while teaching dual enrollment business technology through Estrella Community College.
Born in Oklahoma City, Coach Barnes graduated from Edmond Santa Fe High School, where he lettered in football and baseball. Coach Barnes was coached in high school by current ASU defensive coordinator Keith Patterson.
He and his wife of eleven years, Liz, have a four-year-old son, Cooper, and another child due next month.
Coach Barnes’ appointment concludes an extensive search to replace former NDP head coach Gary Gregory. A seven-member committee targeted the nation’s top Catholic, private and public high schools and spent six weeks reviewing approximately 100 applications.
Coach Barnes will join Notre Dame Prep’s faculty and coaching staff later this spring.
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