A Tribute To A Coach

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Head Coach: Jeremy Barefoot(2004-2014)

“The greatest pleasure in life is saying what others say you cannot do”

Jeremy Barefoot was head coach at Sanderson high school  for ten years and has with Conference Coach of the year awards under his belt. His teams took top three in the conference from 2007-2014 and continue to rise. Barefoot’s teams won four consecutive conference champions in the Cap 7/8 and also captured a championship in 2008, Barefoot’s first. When he got to the team there were nine kids, mostly freshmen and a few upper class-men that had a different coach every year. Barefoot believed a strong program had strong individuals that had priorities in line and a program with strong parent support as well. As Sanderson High embarks on a new era without him that tradition will remain the same and grow on the foundation he set. Jeremy cared about each one of his student-athletes on a personal level and would be there for them when it was needed. Barefoot believed in basic wrestling and foundation. He had 151 wins in his tenure with the spartan program and with the help of his assistants, built solid wrestlers and solid people.

Sanderson went through a team drought after a state title in 1983 though the team still had state qualifiers and placers. Sanderson wrestling was no where near the program it is now before Barefoot took the helm in the early 2000’s and the program and school thanks him for it.  He was a big part in making wrestling “cool” at Sanderson. In 2012 the team recorded seventy plus wrestlers on the team and was on its way to the second straight Cap 8 regular season crown. Barefoot did a lot of things at Sanderson besides wrestling and was a beloved teacher there as well. Barefoot loved wrestling with all of his heart and he really loved to win and be a champion. He would always mention that you don’t coach high school sports for the money though and was always ready and willing to help a child or parent when they needed it. The contributions that Barefoot and his assistants made to Sanderson wrestling made it a program again and not just a team. The program became a brotherhood and it is unforgettable. Barefoot is married to Mallory Bass and they have a son named Seth Barefoot and now works as an assistant principal at Princeton Middle and High school in Johnston County. We wish coach the best of luck in anything he does!