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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
retirement, Barry plans on spending time with his wife Gail of 42
“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
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