Barber to receive Ethics In Coaching award

Posted 11/29/2021

Tommy Barber will receive the 2022 Ethics in Coaching award at the Georgia Dugout Club's annual Coaches Clinic.


Barber to receive Ethics in Coaching award

Longtime coach Tommy Barber will receive the 2022 Georgia Dugout Club's Ethics in Coaching award.

Barber will be honored at the GDC's annual Coaches Clinic, scheduled for Dec. 9-11, 2021 at the Atlanta Waverly Hotel.

The award, one of the highest honors given by the Georgia Dugout Club, took Barber by surprise.

"I am overwhelmed by the honor," Barber said. "Baseball has always been an important part of my life, and it has been woven into my family and friends. To be honored by the Georgia Dugout Club in this way is amazing. I am humbled and appreciative."

A native of Atlanta, Barber has been active in the Georgia Dugout Club for more than four decades. He played baseball at Georgia State in the early 1970s and then served briefly as an assistant coach for the Panthers. He went on to coach in the high school ranks at North Fulton and Southwest DeKalb High Schools and then at DeKalb College (now Georgia Perimeter), where he also served as an instructor.

In 1996, Barber was an assistant competition manager for baseball during the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. He continues to be highly involved in baseball as a well-known sporting goods dealer. He was inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame in 2013.

Former Georgia State baseball coach Greg Frady, who chairs the Georgia Dugout Club's Ethics in Coaching award, called Barber "a tremendous ambassador for the Dugout Club, for Georgia State and for baseball in the state."

Well-respected by his peers, Barber offered some advice for younger coaches who wants to coach the game the right way.

"I would tell young coaches that it's not about the wins and losses, it's about the players," he said. "In 20 or 30 years, they will be able to recall everything you said and did. They may not remember their teachers, but they will remember everything about their coaches - how you treated them, how you ran practice , how you took care of the facilities and what you demanded of them. The order you established in their lives and the life lessons you taught them will not be forgotten.

"Coaching is a deeper connection and a lifetime commitment."