Don Barr Quick Hits
- 20 Seasons as Head Coach
- One Season as USF Assistant (1991)
- Former Academy and Club Director
- Career .617 Winning Percentage
- Seven-Time Conference Coach of the Year
- Six Conference Titles
- Nine NCAA Tournament Appearances
- Graduated from Morehead State in 1972
- Played at Kentucky and Morehead State
After 20 seasons at the helm as the University of South Florida's longest-tenured head
coach, Don Barr will take on a new role for the 2012-13 season. After piloting the Bulls
program from 1992-2012, Barr becomes the Bulls' Director of Operations, shifting roles as
he continues his USF legacy.
Barr’s dual match record while coaching is an impressive 647-401 (.617), and he led the
Bulls to six conference championships and nine appearances in the NCAA Tournament with
the last coming in the 2008-09 season.
His conference titles came from The Metro Conference in 1995, Conference USA in
1996, 1998, 1999, and 2002, and from the BIG EAST in 2009. He kept the program among
the highest-ranked in the nation as well as the Bulls have notched final Intercollegiate
Tennis Association rankings consistently in the top 40 and as high as No. 23 in 2002.
The Dean of USF Coaches has also directed two players to conference Player of the
Year honors, including Lucas Jovita in 2011, and two players to conference Freshman of the
Year honors. He has picked up a Coach of the Year trophy at the conference tournament
Since the Bulls joined Conference USA in 1996, Barr has tutored a total of 15 players
to 26 first-team all-conference honors in either Conference USA or the BIG EAST.
His 2011-12 squad finished the season with a 9-12 record and second-place finish at
the BIG EAST Championships, marking the seventh season in which the Bulls have placed in
the top three in the nine-team conference. The Bulls narrowly missed a 10th appearance in
the NCAA Tournament under Barr, falling just below the ITA-ranking threshold necessary
for inclusion in the field. In addition to Jovita’s Player of the Year honor, Wael Kilani and
Federico Sabogal were named All-BIG EAST.
Barr came to USF in 1991 as an assistant coach and assumed head coaching duties the
following year. Before arriving on campus, Barr was a director for several clubs and
academies including the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, the Fontainbleu Hilton in
Miami, the Davis Island Tennis Center in Tampa, and the Sweetwater Country Club in
Barr also managed own tennis academy in Tampa called the Junior Tennis Academy
and was the president of a tennis management company. In addition, Barr has traveled
extensively as a clinician for IBM, giving clinics with professionals including Tom Gorman,
Betty Stove and Butch Bucholz.
A native of Cincinnati, Barr played number one singles at both Kentucky and Morehead
State before earning his degree from Morehead State in 1972.
Barr currently resides in Land O'Lakes with his wife Lana. The couple has two sons,
Donald and Douglas.