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2009 Season - Jim Barnes

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HEAD COACH JIM BARNES

After ten years, it is obvious that Jim Barnes has made his mark on the Augustana College football program. In nine seasons he has compiled an overall record of 73-30, won three College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin titles and participated in two NCAA Division III playoffs. Barnes, who graduated magna cum laude from Augustana College over two decades ago, returned to his alma mater in February of 2000 to become the 17th  football coach in Viking history. He replaced Tom Schmulbach, who retired in January of 2000 for health considerations after compiling a fine record of 34-13 including College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championships in 1997 and 1999.

Barnes was exactly the fit that the College's administration was looking for in Schmulbach's replacement as he made his way back "home" following a five-year tenure as the head coach at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

In 2000, his first year with the Vikings he tied H.V. "Shorty" Almquist, Ralph Starenko and Ben Newcomb for most victories by a first year coach when he led the Blue & Gold to a 7-3 campaign. Almquist was 7-1 in 1928, Starenko went 7-1 in 1964 and Newcomb compiled a mark of 7-2 in 1969. Barnes had the Vikings ranked as high as eighth at one time in the NCAA Division III polls and his 2000 team sported three All-Americans. One of those players - offensive guard Mackenzie Hay - was selected as the NCAA Division III AvoGrower "Player of Year". Hay was also a National Football Foundation Scholarship winner, one of just three NCAA Division III players honored, and a consensus All-American performer.

In 2001 Barnes enjoyed even more success as he guided Augustana to the second round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs and finished the season with a 10-2 overall record.  A 6-1 conference record was enough to earn the Vikings their 19th CCIW title.  The 2001 team was ranked as high as sixth in the Division III polls and boasted six All-Americans.  The Vikings were an offensive machine as they broke eight school records, including most total yards (5,284) and most rushing yards (4,445) by a team in a single season.      

The Vikings went 7-2 overall and 6-1 in the CCIW in 2002, dropping the last game of the season to Wheaton and costing themselves the league title and NCAA playoff berth. Augustana spent the last half of the 2002 season ranked in the top 15 of the NCAA Division III national polls. J.D. Sheldon and Bob Paulin made All-American and defensive back Todd Baldwin led three players (Paulin and Adam Guy) in achieving Academic All-America. Baldwin was the second player in Barnes' tenure to earn a National Football Foundation Scholarship.

After an 0-2 start for the 2003 season, Barnes guided his team to seven straight victories before falling to Wheaton by a score of 28-27 in the final game of the year. Once again the Vikings were ranked in the top 30 of NCAA Division III and defensive end Mike Hansen was voted the CCIW's "Defensive Player of the Year". Hansen and kicker Mike Clark were named to All-American teams. The Vikings went 7-3 in 2004 with Clark and offensive tackle Mike Zeifert gaining NCAA Division III All-American recognition.

Overachieving might best describe the 2005 squad that went 10-2, won the CCIW with a perfect 7-0 record, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs and finished the year ranked 10th in the nation. All-American Mike Zeifert led the way for this team that was picked to finish just fourth in the CCIW by the coaches. Cornerback Tom Anthony was named the CCIW "Defensive Player of the Year" and Anthony and safety Travis Shea joined Ziefert on the All-America team. For his effort, Barnes was named the winner of the CCIW's "Bob Reade Coach of the Year" award. The 2006 campaign saw the Vikings go 7-3 overall and win the CCIW title for the 21st time in school history. Offensive guard Jon Verhelst was named to the NCAA Division III All-America team.

In 2007, the Vikings finished 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the CCIW and led the league in both rushing offense and total defense. Jake Parke and Blaine Westemeyer were first team All-CCIW selections and Jon Verhelst was chosen to play in the Aztec Bowl. The 2008 season saw Augustana go away from the tradition laden wing-T offense to a spread attack and the team never missed a beat. The Vikings were 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the CCIW, good for second in the conference.

The 2009 season was one that saw numerous records fall at the hands of Augustana players despite playing a schedule that was ranked as the second most difficult in the nation. On his way to leading the Vikings to a 6-4(4-3) record, Barnes saw his sophomore quarterback David Lee grow in to a star in Augustana's high octane spread attack. He set school records for most completions in a game (28) and passing yards in a game (422 against Milliken), both of which had been held by former NFL star and Augie great Ken Anderson. 2009 also saw the end of offensive tackle Blaine Westemeyer's stellar Augustana career, which culminated with the Academic All- American winning the Gagliardi Trophy, the D3 equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Westemeyer finished his career as a two time All American.

None of the success that he has had at Augustana comes as any surprise, especially given his background leading up to being named the Vikings head coach.

At Wooster, Barnes took over a Fighting Scott program that had been 1-9 in 1994. In the following two seasons, he led the team to records of 5-5 and 7-3. In 1997, he pushed the Scots to a 9-1 mark - their best in 74 years - and a share of the North Coast Athletic Conference title. During his last two seasons, Barnes guided his team to identical 8-2 records. During his tenure at Wooster, he compiled a glossy record of 37-13.

A graduate of Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Illinois, Barnes enjoyed a tremendous career at Augustana. He was a three-year starter at defensive back and served as team captain as a senior in 1980. In addition, he earned all-conference honors as a senior. The Vikings won the final four games of his senior year, starting a regular season unbeaten streak of 70 games that continued through the 1988 campaign. In the spring of 1981, he was the winner of the Knut Erickson Award, which is given to the four-year athlete with the highest grade point average. After graduating from Augustana with high honors, he went to law school at the University of Illinois, earning his Juris Doctor degree in May of 1985. After serving as an attorney for the law firm of Peterson, Ross, Schloerb & Seidel in Chicago for a year, Barnes decided to return to football, this time as a coach. 

It was his Augustana ties that brought him back into football. Mike Hollway, his former defensive coordinator when he played for the Vikings, was the head coach at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio and Barnes signed on as an assistant coach. He helped lead Marietta to its first winning season in 21 years and then immediately left when Hollway took the job at Ohio Wesleyan. After a nine-year stint at Ohio Wesleyan where he served as defensive coordinator from 1987-91 and assistant head coach from 1992-95, Barnes took over at the College of Wooster.

As a head coach he compiled the best winning percentage in the history of the school and was the first to post three consecutive eight-victory seasons. When the Scots won the NCAC title in 1997 it was the first conference championship since 1959. In his five years his teams established over 40 team and individual records.

Barnes' Record as Head Coach

OVERALL CONFERENCE

YEAR

WON

LOSS

.PCT

WON

LOSS

.PCT

SCHOOL

 

 

 

 

North Coast Conference

1995

5

5

.500

5

3

.625

Wooster

1996

7

3

.700

6

2

.750

Wooster

1997

9

1

.900

7

1

.875

Wooster

1998

8

2

.800

6

2

.750

Wooster

1999

8

2

.800

5

2

.714

Wooster

Wooster Totals

37

13

.740

29

10

.744

 

 

 

 

 

College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin

2000

7

3

.700

4

3

.571

Augustana

2001

10

2

.833

6

1

.857

Augustana

2002

7

2

.777

6

1

.857

Augustana

2003

7

3

.700

6

1

.857

Augustana

2004

7

3

.700

5

2

.714

Augustana

2005

10

2

.833

7

0

1.000

Augustana

2006

7

3

.700

6

1

.857

Augustana

2007

5

5

.500

3

4

.429

Augustana

2008

7

3

.700

5

2

.714

Augustana

2009

Augustana Totals

6

73

4

30

.600

.718

4

52

3

18

.571

.743

Augustana

CAREER

110

43

.719

81

28

.743

 

 

JIM BARNES BY THE NUMBERS: Here is a closer look at Jim Barnes’ record at Augustana College.

 

OVERALL

 

 

CCIW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YR

W

L

.PCT

W

L

.PCT

FINISH

SEP

OCT

NOV

H

A

2000

7

3

.700

4

3

.571

4 th

4-0

2-2

1-1

3-2

4-1

2001#

10

2

.833

6

1

.857

1 st

4-0

4-0

2-2

6-0

4-2

2002%

7

2

.777

6

1

.857

2 nd

1-1

4-0

2-1

4-0

3-2

2003

7

3

.700

6

1

.857

2 nd

1-2

4-0

2-1

4-2

3-1

2004

7

3

.700

5

2

.714

3 rd

2-1

5-0

0-2

3-1

4-2

2005#

10

2

.833

7

0

1.000

1 st

2-1

5-0

3-1

6-1

4-1

2006

7

3

.700

6

1

.857

1 st

2-2

3-1

2-0

4-1

3-2

2007

5

5

.500

3

4

.429

5 th

2-2

1-3

2-0

4-1

1-4

2008

7

3

.700

5

2

.714

2 nd

2-1

3-1

2-1

4-1

3-2

2009

6

4

.600

4

3

.571

3 rd

2-1

3-2

1-1

4-2

2-2

CAREER

67

26

.720

48

15

.762

 

20-10

31-7

16-9

36-9

29-17

% - In the 2002 season the Vikings were leading Wisconsin-Platteville 21-14 in the third quarter when the game was cancelled due to lightning. # - In 2001 the Vikings were 1-1 in the NCAA playoffs and in 2005 they again went 1-1 in the NCAA playoffs.

 

BARNES AGAINST THE OPPOSITION

TEAM

GAMES

W

L

FIRST MEETING

LAST MEETING

Baldwin-Wallace

2

0

2

2006 – L (7-17)

2007- L (8-24)

Carthage

9

9

1

2000 – W (23-14)

20099 W (32-20)

Catholic

1

1

0

2005 – W (52-26)

 

Central of Iowa

4

2

2

2002 – W (34-14)

2005- L (24-25)

Coe

1

1

1

2008 – W (21-6)

2009- L (9-7)

Defiance

1

1

0

2001 – W (54-14)

 

Elmhurst

9

10

0

2000 – W (49-31)

2009- W (21-3)

Eureka

2

2

0

2000 – W (40-6)

2001 - W (50-7)

Greenville

1

2

0

2008 – W (30-0)

2009- W (42-20)

Illinois Wesleyan

9

7

3

2000 – L (16-20)

2009- L (0-7)

Lakeland

1

1

0

2005 – W (49-22)

 

Macmurray

2

2

0

2006 – W (53-7)

2007 - W (65-0)

Millikin

9

9

1

2000 – L (21-42)

2009 - W (42-13)

Mount Union

2

0

2

2001 – L (7-32)

2005 - L (7-44)

North Central

9

5

5

2000 – W (31-8)

2008 - L (26-45)

North Park

9

10

0

2000 – W (36-14)

2009- W (42-14)

Upper Iowa

1

1

0

2004 – W (29-28)

 

Wheaton

9

2

7

2000 – L (30-37 2OT)

2008 - L (14-26)

Wisconsin Lutheran

2

2

0

2000 – W (64-3)

2001 - W (69-19)

Wisconsin-Platteville

8

6

3

2000 – W (32-3)

2009- W (31-12)

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

2

0

2

2002 – L (17-20)

2003 - L (15-19)