Sports: Boys Basketball – Girls & Boys Individualized Instruction
Positions: Head Coach, Midfield High Boys Basketball-CEO & Founder of “Ballin’ with Barber”
Alma Mater: Miles College ’99
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Coach Barber would play his final year of Basketball for Coach Kirk Patrick at Miles College in Fairfield, AL. Prior to that he played basketball for Coach Patrick at Texas College in Tyler, Texas. He played Junior College ball in Florida. Where I was a highly recruited guard out of John I. Leonard High School in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he played for Coach Leonard Banks, but as you know “Life presents you with obstacles that are intended to make you better not bitter.” It is now by God’s grace and mercy that I’m still able to serve in this game of basketball and life! I’ve been afforded the privilege of coaching basketball for over 18 years now.”
Through his TIRELESS HARD WORK, PASSION, DEDICATION and attention to basketball detail, Barber has been blessed to become a teacher, mentor, coach and personal trainer to youths and young adults in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, as well as Georgia.
In 2016-2017: In 2017 Coach Barber led the Patriots to arguably their best season since his tenure. The Patriots started the season ranked #1 and finished ranked #1. Along the way this group accomplished what would be a lot of first time feats. 5 guys averaged double figures, fastest team to 20 wins, first team ever to go undefeated at home, largest margin of victory per game, highest team GPA, all 5 starters received at least one scholarship offer, just name a few of the feats. Coach Barber made this 5 trips to the Final Four and earned the Patriots their third title under his guidance.
In 2015-2016: This was Coach Barber’s 7th season at the helm of the Midfield Patriot basketball team. This season was a very interesting one to say the least. Not being ranked for the first time in 7 years, only 1 player left over from the ’14 Title team, and this team surprised a lot of people including Coach Barber. Through hard work, dedication and the ups and downs, this team found a way! They would win 20+ games, win their 6th Area Title, 4th Regional Title and surprised a lot of people by making it to the State Championship Game, before falling to #1 ranked Madison Academy!
In 2014-2015: Barber completed his 6th season as head coach of the Midfield Boys Basketball team. This year the Pates didn’t quite meet all of their goals. They finished with a record of 21-13 and made it to the Regional Championship Game (Elite 8) for the 5th time in six seasons, but fell by 3 points. The Patriots would placed 2 players on the All State Team, and Coach Barber received Jeffco Coach of the Year Award. 4 of the 5 seniors either recieved a basketball, football, or academic scholarship.
In 2013-2014: Coach Barber’s 5th season as head coach of the Midfield Boys Basketball team, was actually a great season for a lot of reasons. The Patriots came in with a #1 ranking on their backs, that they welcomed. The ranking would be sustained all season, and the Pates finished with a 26-7 record and won their 2nd State Title in 5 years. They placed 3 players on the All State Team, and Coach would grab Coach of the Year Honors.
In 2012-2013: This 4th season was somewhat of a trying year. The Pates came into the year looking to repeat as 4A State Champions, however, after moving back down to 3A they couldn’t go for a “4A Repeat.” Therefore, the goal was to win Back to Back Titles. “We knew there a lot of tough teams in the way.” Prior to the season 3 key players would be lost for various reasons, another was lost to a torn ACL, but that didn’t change the goal. Midfield didn’t win the title, but they were successful in a lot of ways. They would finished with a record of 18-12, first in the Area, made it to the Regional (Sweet 16) for the 4th straight season, and boasted our highest team GPA in 4 seasons.
2011-2012: Was Coach Barber’s 3rd season as head coach of the Midfield Boys Basketball team. This season would start out w A LOT of promise. The Pates returned 3 starters from the 2011 Final Four Team. But due to unforeseen circumstances would lose a couple of players, and one would have to sit out some games. They believed, kept the Faith, and continued to work even harder. Finished with an on court record of 27-10 (16-21 on paper). The end result would be a 3rd straight Area Championship, Sub Regional Championship, and second straight Regional Championship. This year would also mark the second straight year Midfield made it to the State Final Four. 2012 would be the year where the team won the State Title for the second time in school history and the first in 28 years!
2010-2011: Was Barber’s second year as head coach of the Mighty Patriot basketball team. They finished the season with a record of 22-10 and were Area Championship & Sub Region Champs for the second year in a row. They also won the Regional Championship and advance to the State Final Four for the first time in 17 years.
In 2009-2010 In Barber’s words: “I was blessed to be named the new Head Coach of the Midfield High School Boys Basketball Program. I welcomed the new challenge of grooming young men into successful student / athletes on and off the court. We had a very successful first year. We reached the Elite 8 and we were 1.5 seconds from reaching the State Final Four. We were crowned Area Champs. It was a blessing t to give young men an opportunity to further their education through basketball.”
In March of 2009, I completed my 5th and final year as Co Head Coach of the Midfield Lady Patriots. I helped guide the Lady Patriots to five straight Alabama High School State Final Four appearances (2005-2009) and three straight State Titles (2007, 2008, & 2009). We were ranked #12 in the nation by USA Today in 2008, with a school best 32 wins against one lost. In my five years with the Lady Patriots we won 83% of our games and compiled a record of 144-29.
2005-2009: While assisting the Lady Patriots, I also served as Head Coach for the Rutledge Middle School Girls and Boys Basketball teams. I led the Lady Rams to a record of 62-12. During the 2004-2006 seasons we had a perfect record of 38 wins and 0 loses. We were County Champs three times in five years. I coached the boys also during this time, to a record of 45-17, and we were crowned County Champs three of four years.
Prior to my arrival in Midfield, I taught in the Birmingham City Schools System for five years.
In 2003 I coached the boys basketball team at Arrington Middle School for a year. I guided the boys to a record of 15-0 in Birmingham and 17-3 overall. We were crowned City Champs.
I began coaching on the elementary Level at Central Park Elementary, where I was able to touch many lives and watch so many kids go on to have successful middle school, high school, and now college careers. At Central Park the girls and boys had a combined record of 75-15 with five city titles.
Although most coaches got a break, my summers were no different. I spent the last 8 summers coaching AAU basketball.
From 2003-2005 & 2008: I had the privilege of coaching in the Alabama Twister Organization where I won over 250 games around the country. We were 3 time Alabama State Champs from 2003-2005 and 2008. We also finished 3rd in the nation in 2004 and 4th in the nation in 2005. During that stretch I’ve been fortunate to coach players such a Kaneisha Horn (Alabama), Brittany Young (Miss State), Tyrese Tanner (Auburn), Jordan Smith (Univ of AL Huntsville), Meghan Dunn (Shelton State-Univ of South AL), Shannon Steinert (Univ of AL Huntsville), Jasmine Saxton (Univ of North AL), & Peyton Davis (Auburn) to name a few.
From 2006-2007: I went on to coach boys AAU with the Southeast Elite Program. We finished as State Runner Ups two years in a row. I had the privilege of coaching young men such as Ladarius Frazier (Shelton State-Western Missouri), David Murry (Valdosta State Univ ), Jordan Swing (UAB), Shawn Reed, Michael Robertson (TN Chattanooga), Roderick Gulley, Marcus Polnett (Univ of Mobile), Ellis Dobyne, and Keon Blackledge (Univ of AL) to name a few.
Summer of 2010: completed my 2 year stint as Coach of the Alabama Lady Roadrunners. For two summers we competed on a tough Nike circuit. We had a winning record in every tournament we competed in and or won the tournament. I was able to mentor, train and coach future stars such as Breion Allen Hoover 2012 (Rice Univ), Chardonae Fuqua’ Hoover 2012 (Baylor), Lacey Buchanon Jacksonsville 2012 (Gadsden St), Tiarra Polnitz Shades Valley (Univ of Southen Miss), Keonna Farmer (Univ of Auburn commit) & Gabby Holston (GA Tech commit) Center Point 2013, Courtney Hunter Hoover 2013 (Univ of AL), Sharon Sanders Vestavia 2012 (Univ of South AL), Kat Goldsby & Ken Watts Fairfield 2012 (Shelton State).
Personal: I am married to the Lovely Mrs. Tenesha Armer-Barber. We have two beautiful daughters; Daniya Renee Barber 8, and Dahriel Imani Barber 18