Jasper’s coach goes to work in Louisiana

After a successful decade at the helm of the Jasper Bulldogs football team, Darrell Barbay was ready for a “new challenge”.

Barbay, who never missed the playoffs with the Bulldogs and won six district titles while in Jasper, quit school to take a job in Louisiana. He will be the next head coach of Mansfield High School.

“I loved the kids at Jasper and I loved the faculty,” Barbay said. “It’s a great place and it was good for me, but I think it was just time for me to take on a new challenge.”

Barbay is the son of legendary Newton football coach Curtis Barbay and has served as head coach at several schools in Southeast Texas. He managed Hull-Daisetta before taking over as head coach at Anahuac in 2008.

Barbay then arrived in Jasper ahead of the 2012 season and immediately began his successful run with the Bulldogs. With Barbay at the helm, Jasper never finished below second place in district play and was a mainstay in the regional round of the UIL playoffs.

In 10 seasons, Barbay went 86-32 overall.

Last fall, Jasper went 6-5 on aggregate and 4-1 in district play, finishing only behind defending state champion Carthage. After a rocky start, the Bulldogs won five of their last six regular season games before falling to West Orange-Stark in the Class 4A-II regional playoff round.

Mansfield is coming off a 4-6 season on the Louisiana high school circuit, losing its last three games, including a first-round playoff exit. Former coach Mike Green resigned at the end of November after six seasons at the school.

Barbay will start his new job at Mansfield on Tuesday.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity here and expecting big things,” Barbay said.



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