When the University of Arkansas at Monticello football team takes the field on Saturday in the 2013 season opener, each of the Boll Weevils will be dedicating their performances in honor of the late Tommy Barnes, the all-time winningest football coach in UAM history, with a decal displaying Barnes’ initials.
Barnes, who coached more seasons and won more games than any coach in UAM history, passed away this past March following a long-running battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 61.
Barnes came to UAM in 1980 as an assistant coach following a highly successful career at Montrose Academy, where he compiled a combined junior and senior high school record of 98-14-4. He became UAM’s 20th head football coach following the 1984 season and for the next 12 years guided the Boll Weevils to 69 wins, 53 losses and one tie. His 1988 and 1993 squads reached the NAIA Division Iplayoffs and his teams were ranked in the final NAIA Top 25 six times.
His 1993 team won the championship of the old Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference and his ’88 squad is the only team in school history to win 10 games in a season.
“Coach Barnes was a great coach and a great friend of UAM,” said third-year head football coach Hud Jackson. “This decal is so small in comparison to the things he accomplished here at UAM, but we feel privileged to be able to honor a great man in this way. Our team knows Coach Barnes will be with us in spirit each time we step onto a field.”
Also, during the month of September, the Boll Weevils will join 10 other Arkansas colleges and universities with a blue ribbon decal on their helmets in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. For more information, call the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation at 800-338-1383 or visit Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation online.
The Boll Weevils open the 2013 season on Saturday, September 7 in Ada, Okla. against East Central University. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. More information about Saturday’s game.
UAM Sports Information Director