Sewanee's Bill Barry Announces Retirement

Hall of Fame Athletic Trainer, Administrator

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

After 45 years of service, Sewanee athletics staff member Bill Barry has announced he will retire from the University of the South at the end of the school year.

"I have enjoyed working for the University and Athletic Department during my time on the mountain,” said Barry.

“The coaches, athletic directors and support staff, along with the administration during this time, have been a pleasure to work with throughout my career.”

Barry will step away as one of the most highly regarded staff members that the Department of Athletics has ever employed. He will be recognized Friday night during the Sewanee-Rhodes basketball game.

Halls of Fame:  In 2011, Barry was inducted into the Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame. 

After serving as the first full-time Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1966, Barry was hired as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Tigers in 1969. Barry served for 25 years in the training room, before taking the role of Facilities and Business Manager when the Robert Dobbs Fowler Center opened in 1994.

He was also inducted into the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 2001 and served on various state, district and national committees for 40 plus years.

“Sewanee faithful regularly beat a path to Bill’s office to reminisce about Tiger athletics from years ago,” said Athletic Director Mark Webb. “His many contributions to the athletics department over the past four and a half decades are immeasurable, and I know our entire athletics staff offers him our heartfelt gratitude and very best wishes in his well-deserved retirement.

“The most important part of my experience at Sewanee was the chance to work with our outstanding student-athletes, ” said Barry. “All the student-athletes I have treated and then watched during the years made my work not a job, but a joy.”

Upon retirement, Barry plans on spending time with his wife Gail of 42 years.

“I want to thank my wife Gail for all her support throughout my career,” commented Barry. “I want to thank everyone with whom I’ve worked with over the years. Even though this phase of my life is coming to an end, my blood will always be purple.”

For more information on Sewanee Athletics, please visit www.SewaneeTigers.com. You can also check the Tigers out on Twitter and Facebook. 


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