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 Devin Barry

Devin Barry enters his 11th year as part of Joe Compagni's staff. Barry works primarily with the Hawk jumpers, multi-eventers and pole vaulters.

In 2011, Barry's jump squad had a series of record breaking performances. Pete Matano broke the indoor pole vault record hitting a height of 15'9', while rookie Thomas Butler broke the indoor high jump record, clearing 6'10 .75". Barry brought Monmouth jumps biggest group to the ECAC/IC4A indoor championships, four men and three women, with Jason Kelsey placing 4th in the long jump and Lindsey Walsh placing 5th in the heptathlon.

During the outdoor season, the women's high jump squad made history, already establishing themselves as the top high jump squad in the East. The team went onto becoming the "3-3-3 crew", three records broken in three weeks by three different women. It started at Penn relays when Rachel Watkins became the first Monmouth woman in history to score at the Penn relays with a school record of 5' 7.75".  The week after Alison Day won the NEC Championships with a meet and school record of 5' 8", followed by Lindsay Walsh's new school record 5' 9.25" at the ECACs in the heptathlon to claim the school record and became the first woman high jumper to make the NCAA East Regional Finals. Rachel Watkins again became the first Monmouth woman to score in the ECAC's high jump competition.

Barry's crew had another outstanding showing at the ECAC/IC4A, bringing three men and three women to the elite championship. Walsh brought home the top honors with a second place finish in the heptathlon and a NCAA Regional qualification, while Watkins placed 5th in the high jump and Kelsey placed sixth in the long jump.

In 2010, Barry had great success with establishing the jumps program as a top contender on the East Coast, guiding two high jumpers, one pentathlete and one triple jumper to qualify in the Indoor ECAC's Women's Championship while having two long jumpers and one triple jumper for the men qualifying in the Indoor IC4A's Championships. Outdoor Barry added to the success with the Northeast Conference action having the women high jumpers take five of the top six places, while the men long jumper and pole vaulters registered top three finishers. In the post-season Barry coached three high jumpers, two triple jumpers, and two heptathlete women to the ECAC Championship along with the four long jumpers, and one triple jumper in the Men's IC4A Championship.

Junior standout Mary Wilks had memorable performances at the 2010 outdoor Northeast Conference championships.  The junior won the high jump and javelin, which qualified her for a ECAC appearance and claimed the NEC Most Outstanding Field Performer.  Wilks tied the outdoor record for the high jump during her junior season as well placing 4th in the heptathlon at the ECAC Championships.  Barry also coached Terrell Gissendanner to a NCAA Regional appearance in 2010.

Barry was then selected to attend the 2010 USATF Emerging Elite Coaches Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, CA in June. This USATF High Performance Program is instructed by some of the top clinicians. It involves intensive science and technical-based studies with hands-on applications in every event areas.  About 70 of the best coaches from across the country were selected and invited to attend this year.

The 2009 season was a special one for everyone in the men's and women's track and field programs at Monmouth. Under Coach Barry's tutelage, the pole vaulting crew had another strong showing at the women's NEC Indoor Championships, as Michelle Telofski and Laura Myers each earned second place All-NEC finishes. Barry also helped guide Brittany Gibbs to All-East honors in the triple jump as well as Lindsey Walsh earning the award in the pentathlon during the indoor season.

In outdoor track, both men's and women's track took the team NEC Championship titles, with the jumps and multi-events crew putting up big points for the Hawks. Barry oversaw Stevenson Cajuste's second place finish in the long jump and Chris Taiwo's second place finish in the triple jump. At the IC4A Championships, two of Barry's athletes earned faired well  as Mary Wilks earned All-East honors finishing seventh in the heptathlon and Walsh earned a trip to the US Junior Nationals in the pentathlon.

In 2008, Barry tutored 12 Hawks that placed at the NEC Indoor Championships, including Nikki Zwartjes, who earned Second Team All-NEC in the pole vault for the fifth time in her career. The second year coach also mentored Ashley Huffman, who took second place in the long jump at the outdoor championships. MU's multi-event athletes have also benefitted from his arrival, as sophomore Zachary Krupka turned in the fourth highest decathlon score in school history at the 2008 Bison Outdoor Classic. The Hawks had the best group of women's pole vaulters in the NEC as well as consistant scorers in the long jump, high jump and triple jumps.

Barry joined the Monmouth University track and field coaching staff after completing a stellar athletic career at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md., where he graduated in 2006. Barry made an immediate impact as he came on mid-season during the 2006-07 campaign and helped tutor a strong group of pole vaulters, a school-record breaking triple jumper (Brittany Gibbs) and an All-American long jumper (Tisifenee Taylor).

At Mount St. Mary's, Barry enjoyed a very successful career. In 2006, he won the Decathlon title at the Penn Relays. As a sophomore he was the IC4A Heptathlon Champion, and claimed the crown again as a senior as the Indoor record holder. Barry is also a three-time Northeast Conference Indoor hurdle champion and record holder, as well as a two-time NEC Outdoor hurdle champion.

A Monmouth County native, Barry is a 2002 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, and is from nearby Freehold, N.J. Barry still competes as a hurdler for the Monmouth Elite Track Club.

Contact Coach Barry: dbarry@monmouth.edu

Position: Assistant Coach
City/State: Freehold, N.J.
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Experience: 11 Years
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