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Bogie gets two for one with its coaching hire

Lynn Barber, literally a Pirate lifer, will coach baseball and golf for the school.

By PETE YOUNG

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 29, 2000


Lynn Barber graduated from Boca Ciega in 1969 and has lived in the area his entire life. His daughter, Tracy, graduated from Boca Ciega in 1997. Barber has been an assistant wrestling coach at the school for five years and assistant football coach for eight. He is the Boca Ciega campus safety supervisor.

The family dog is named Bogie ... no kidding.

Now Barber is taking his Boca Ciega connection one step further. Make that two steps. Barber is the Pirates new head coach for golf and baseball.

"I've always been here. I know a lot of people here," said Barber, who has twice coached Boca Ciega's junior varsity football team to an unbeaten season. "I'm really looking forward to it."

About the only thing Barber hasn't done at Bogie is be affiliated with the baseball program. He didn't play the sport for the high school team, just in recreational leagues.

But after Barber was named the Boca Ciega golf coach earlier this month, baseball coach Doug Campbell resigned. Barber was asked by athletic directors Bob Medici and Andy Hale if he would be interested in the job. "I had just taken the golf job, and I said, "Let me have (baseball), too, while we're at it,"' Barber said. "The last five years, I've been coaching two sports, so it will be more of the same, just different sports."

Boca Ciega is coming off an 8-18 baseball season, but Barber, 48, is excited about the players expected to return next season.

"There's a good nucleus of kids coming back," Barber said. "We just need to get organized and have some fun. I think if we get the right mix and a little luck, we can win a few games. I'm just thankful that I've got an opportunity to do it."

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