Craig Barr resigned from his position as the Winamac football coach in January.
For Barr, the Winamac job was a homecoming of sorts, as he was a 1981 Winamac grad and a former standout quarterback for the Warriors.
He came back to Winamac with good coaching experience. He was the head coach at Indianapolis Chatard for nine seasons and won Class 3A state titles there in 1997 and 1998.
He was also the head coach at Noblesville for nine years and led the Millers to their second-ever semistate appearance in 2000 and a program-best 12-2 record.
He’s also been the offensive coordinator at Lawrence North and Mount Vernon (Fortville) and was an assistant at Guerin Catholic under one of his former players. His last head coaching stop before coming home to Winamac was at Madison-Grant for two seasons in 2013 and 2014.
But he didn’t have the kind of ending he felt he deserved at his alma mater.
He released a statement on Tuesday detailing his side of the story.
“On December 10th, without having had an evaluation, I was requested to give input to address concerns of the school board,” he stated. “During the season I was unaware of any concerns of the school board. On December 19th I sent the athletic director the requested documentation in regards to the board’s concerns. I asked for the documentation to be sent to the school board. Five weeks later on January 13th, the afternoon of the school board meeting, I received what appeared to be a positive evaluation which stated the recommendation was to renew my contract with the stated improvement goals. On the afternoon of January 14th, after the board meeting, I met with the principal and athletic director who said they had supported the renewal of my contract but the board denied their recommendation. My resignation was being requested, and my request to address the board was denied. I was told I had 24 hours to address my players. I asked if my documentation of goals had been sent to school board members. I was told the packet was not given to board members until the start of the meeting.
“I met with my players the next morning and resigned. I feel it was unethical, as an employed teacher, to be denied the opportunity to address the board prior to their decision. I was under the impression the board would honor the administration’s recommendation to renew my contract.”
Barr went 15-18 in his three seasons at the helm at Winamac, which included going 5-6 in each of his three years. The Warriors won a sectional game in each season, including against South Central (Union Mills) (2017), Caston (2018) and Gary Roosevelt (2019).
Barr said he has accepted a teaching position at Lewis Cass High School, where he will teach science and biology. He’s also going to join new football coach Clayton Mannering’s staff there and will be an offensive assistant as well as coach quarterbacks and special teams.