July 8, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina Director of Athletics Randy Eaton announced this week that Evan Barr, WCU's Director of Athletic Performance, has been granted a contract extension effective July 1. Barr's extension is good for three years, further exemplifying the department's continued commitment to its student-athletes and their success.
Originally hired in late January of 2013, Barr primarily works with the Catamount football and men's and women's basketball teams, while also supervising operations in the weight room in the Jordan-Phillips Field House. His impact was felt immediately with the positive physical improvements with the Catamount student-athletes.
"Evan Barr has been a tremendous asset to our student-athletes and our department since coming to Cullowhee," said Eaton. "His enthusiasm and passion are contagious - he has really aided our efforts in the areas of Athletic Performance and we are confident that he will continue to have a positive impact on all of our athletic programs."
Barr, who is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), oversees a staff of two including Director of Olympic Sports Nick White, and E.J. Hibbler who was most recently added to the staff as the Athletic Performance Assistant. In addition to assisting Barr with football, White works primarily with Catamount baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's tennis and the track & field / cross country programs.
Hibbler assists both Barr and White, helping primarily with football as well as any additional duties within the weight room.
A former football student-athlete at the University of Tennessee, Barr has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with student-athletes at the collegiate level after getting his start at UT and Southern Conference-member, Furman. He came to Cullowhee from Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., after working with the Eagles' 15 intercollegiate sports and serving as the football program's strength coach.
Barr and his wife, Rebecca, have two children - a son, James, and daughter, Layla.
Western Carolina had 26 incoming freshmen move to campus for the second summer school session which started on July 7, bringing the total to around 57 football student-athletes in the second semester. All told, there are about 80 football players around campus with the opportunity to partake in voluntary workouts with Barr and his staff in the weight room.
WCU's football student-athletes officially report for fall camp on Thursday, July 31 with the first helmet-only practice scheduled for the following day on Friday, August. 1. The Catamounts open the 2014 season on Saturday, August 30 at USF in Tampa, Fla.
Season tickets for all six of WCU's home games in 2014 are on-sale through the Catamount Athletic Ticket Office and online at CatamountSports.com. Purchasing season tickets also allows fans to secure tickets before single-game sales begin on August 25. With Western Carolina University celebrating its 125th anniversary, fans can purchase a reserved adult season ticket for all six home games for just $125 with youth reserved starting at $65.
For more information or to purchase 2014 Catamount football season tickets, contact Director of Ticket Operations Michael Lee by calling (828) 227-2401 or toll free at (800) 34-GOWCU, or via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Fri., July 11 - The Great Smokies Invitational golf tournament; The Ridges Golf Club in Hayesville, N.C.
Wed., July 23 - Southern Conference Football Media Day in Spartanburg, S.C.
Thurs., July 31 - 2014 Catamount football student-athletes report for camp
Fri., August 1 - First scheduled football practice of the 2014 preseason (helmet only)
Tues., August 5 - First scheduled football practice in full pads
Wed., August 6 - First scheduled two-a-day practice sessions
Sat., August 9 - Catamount Football Intrasquad scrimmage
Sat., August 9 - Catamount Tailgate Kickoff (Catamount Club members)
Wed., August 13 - Catamount women's soccer vs. Winthrop (exhibition), 6 pm
Fri., August 15 - Catamount women's soccer vs. UNC Asheville (exhibition), 7 pm
Sat., August 16 - Catamount Football Intrasquad scrimmage
Mon., August 18 - First day of fall classes at WCU
Fri., August 22 - Catamount women's soccer vs. Eastern Kentucky (2014 home opener), 7 pm
Sun., August 24 - Catamount women's soccer vs. East Carolina, 2 pm
Mon., August 25 - Catamount Football single-game tickets go on sale
Fri., August 29 - Catamount cross country hosts the Western Carolina Invitational, 6:30 pm
Sat., August 30 - 2014 Catamount Football season opener at USF in Tampa, Fla.
Fri., Sept. 5 - 10th Annual Bob Waters Memorial golf tournament; Maggie Valley Club, Maggie Valley, N.C.
Sat., Sept. 6 - 2014 Catamount Football home opener vs. Brevard in Cullowhee
Fri., Sept. 26 - The Upstate Classic golf tournament; The Preserve at Verdae in Greenville, S.C.