Tennessee's Mike Barry anticipates enjoying rewards during the 2002 season of the rigorous nurturing program he has committed to the Tennessee offensive line.
In four years on Phillip Fulmer's Vols staff, Barry has produced lines that reflect the dedication to fundamentals this coach has acquired in more than 30 years on the sidelines.
This season finds Barry welcoming six returning linemen with starting experience to the beginning of fall practice, along with an impressive recruiting class of four blue-chippers.
Barry was born in the New York borough of Brooklyn but left Flatbush early in life, winding up in the Midwest. He went through high school at Fenwick Prep in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Ill., and his collegiate days were divided between Nebraska and Southern Illinois. After three seasons with the Salukis, Mike graduated and began his coaching career.
Following stints at Carbondale (Ill.) High School and Fenwick Prep, he coached successively at Southern Illinois, Arizona, Iowa State, Colorado and Southern California, sandwiched around two years spent in the United States Football League.
Barry was a member of the Colorado staff under Bill McCartney when the Buffaloes won the national championship in 1990.
For his work with Tennessee's national championship team in 1998, Barry received an award as the Southeastern Conference's outstanding offensive line coach.
Barry had been at Southern California for five years when Fulmer offered him a post with the Vols.
In May 2002, Barry was inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame,
recognized for his contributions to the renowned high school league in America’s
Barry's son Joe is the linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He is married to the former Sherry Wallace, and they enjoy spending time with
their two grandchildren, Camryn and Lauren. They also have a daughter-in-law
|Born: October 18, 1946 at Brooklyn, New York|
|Education: Fenwick High School, Oak Park, Ill.; University of Nebraska 1964-66; Southern Illinois University 1969; Masters, Southern Illinois University 1971|
|College Football:Nebraska 1964-66; Southern Illinois 1966-69|
|Coaching Career: Southern Illinois 1969; Carbondale High School, Carbondale, Ill. 1970-73; Fenwick High School, Oak Park, Ill. 1973-76; Southern Illinois 1977-80; Arizona 1980-83; San Antonio Gunslingers-USFL 1984; New Orleans/Portland Breakers-USFL 1984-85; Iowa State 1986; Colorado 1987-92; Southern California 1993-1997; Tennessee 1998-present|
|Wife: Sherry Wallace Barry|
Children: Joe Barry, Courtney Barry, Fred Smith, Ashley Smith.