Jan. 30, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Evan Barr, a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), has been named the head Strength & Conditioning Coordinator for Western Carolina Athletics, it was announced today.
Barr takes over for former Strength & Conditioning Coordinator, Jeff Pitman, who took a position at Arkansas State last December.
"I'm extremely excited about the addition of Evan Barr to our athletic staff in the weight room," said Todd Lawing, WCU's Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations who spearheaded the search committee. "We are excited about Evan getting to campus and getting started. I have no doubt that he will have an immediate and positive impact on all of our athletic programs."
Barr comes to Cullowhee from Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., where he oversaw the Eagles' 15 intercollegiate sports and also served as the fledgling football program's Strength & Conditioning Coach. Prior to making the move to northwest Georgia, he was the Director of Athletic Performance at Performance QSA, an athletic performance studio in Greenville, S.C.
Operating a self-named sports training business in Athens, Tenn., since 2009, Barr additionally has collegiate experience from the University of Tennessee and Southern Conference-member, Furman University, working as a Strength & Conditioning intern. In April of 2009 and 2010, he worked with over 500 athletes in starting and directing the Orange & White Youth Football Camp in Knoxville, Tenn.
Originally from Madisonville, Tenn., where he grew up on a farm, Barr graduated with a degree in exercise science from Tennessee, spending two years as a walk-on with the Volunteers' football program under head coach Phillip Fulmer. Barr and his wife, Rebecca, have a son, James Lawrence.