Skyhawk Football | Randy Barnes - Director of Football Operations
Former UT Martin football player and Athletics Hall of Fame member Randy Barnes begins his ninth year as the director of football operations. He worked in private business before joining UT Martin in 2005.
Barnes retired from coaching in 2002 after a 30-year high school career. He was the head football coach at Union City High School for the past 21 years, and he also served as the school's athletic director and assistant principal. He is the winningest coach in Union City history and was inducted into the Union City Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
As head football coach at Union City, he had a .767 winning percentage (191-58). He was ranked in the top 10 in Tennessee for winning percentage when he retired. Barnes coached 12 playoff teams, six bowl teams, and won eight regional championships. His teams were Class AA Runners-up in 1997 and 2000, and he was named coach of the year 12 times.
At Union City High School, Barnes coached Jonathan Robinson, who is the current director of college scouting for the New England Patriots, as well as Donnie Ethridge, who serves as a regional scout for the New York Giants.
In 1994, Barnes served as the president of the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association and also received the TSSAA Distinguished Service Award. He served two times as a coach in the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Game.
In 1998, he received the prestigious TSSAA A.F. Bridges Male Coach of the Year Award. In 2008, he was inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame.
Barnes, from Ripley, played football at UT Martin for head coach Bob Carroll from 1969-72. Barnes was inducted into UT Martin's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. During his career, he earned All-Mid South Conference and All-Gulf South Conference honors. He set a school record for the longest field goal with a 53-yarder against Nicholls State in 1972.
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