To lead, teach and develop is Barr’s purpose as Upper Darby High School’s football coach

Posted on April 26, 2020 in Newspaper.

By Matt Smith

Dave Barr was perfectly happy in his role at Bonner-Prendergast.

Since 2014, Barr has served in the role of director of campus ministry and was the freshman football coach the last three years.

Today, the Haverford High grad is gearing up for his first season as the new head football coach at Upper Darby.

“If I was going to spend the rest of my time in my role at Bonner-Prendie, I would’ve been 100 percent happy. I wasn’t looking to leave,” Barr told the Daily Times. “That job has been the greatest blessing for me in my life, outside of my family. I’ve loved every day there. I wasn’t looking for any other position.”

When he heard the Upper Darby position was vacant, Barr was intrigued. The school offered him the position prior to Christmas break and he was hired in January.

“I got home one day and talked about it with my wife and I said I’m going to pray about this and see where my spirit leads me,” Barr said. “I decided to apply to just see where it went. I went through the application process to the best of my ability, but if it didn’t work out I was 100 percent OK with it. But I knew if I gave the application process my best shot and it worked out, then great, because I knew then it was meant to be.”

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