Sunday, October 26, 2014 1:30 AM
Jan Barker, after 21 seasons of coaching the Sandies of Amarillo High in Amarillo, Texas, has amassed an impressive record of 720-98. In all, she has earned a total of 6 state championships, and has led her teams to 9 state 5A tournaments and 19 regional tournaments.
Barker's 1994 state championship team had a record of 37-0 followed by the 1995 regional finalist teams 33 consecutive wins for a winning record of 70-0. The 1998 state champions continued the winning tradition with a record of 39-0. The 2001 Sandies earned their fourth state championship with a record of 37-2. 2006 brought the Sandies the fifth state championship — the most of any 5A school — with a record of 45-1.
2007 brought a back-to-back state championship, and sixth state championship with a 46-1 record, which was the first 5A back-to back championship since 1984.
In all, Coach Barker has coached nine All-Americans; 47 collegiate players, including 24 Division I players.
State Champions: 1988, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2007.
State Runner-Up: 1997.
State Semifinalist: 1992, 1993.
Regional Finalists: 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003.
Regional Semifinalists: 1987, 1996, 2000, 2002.
District Championships: 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.
National Federation of High Schools Texas Volleyball Coach of the Year — 2007.
National Federation of High Schools Sectional Volleyball Coach of the Year — 2007 (finalist for National Coach of the Year — not named yet).
Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine National Volleyball Coach of the Year — 2007.
Texas High School Coaches Assn. VB Coach of the Year — 2006.
National High School Coaches Association National Volleyball Coach of the Year — 2002.
Student Sports/PrepVolleyball National High School Coach of the Year — 2001.
Texas Sportswriters Association Texas VB Coach of the Year — 2001, 2007.
Panhandle Sports Hall Of Fame VB Coach of the Year — 1988, 1994, 2001, 2005, 2006.
PSHOF Team of the Year — 2006, 2007.
District Coach of the Year — 1988, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2006.
TGCA All-Star Coach — 2002, 2005, 2008.
Coach Barker graduated from Eisenhower High School, in Yakima, Washington. She played volleyball and softball collegiately at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and played on the AIAW Division III National Runner-Up volleyball team her senior year. She currently resides in Amarillo, TX, and just finished her 21st year of coaching the Amarillo Sandies Volleyball Team. She has a husband, Danny, and two daughters — Brianne, 18, and Danielle, 16.
Brianne Barker signed a letter-of-intent to continue her education and playing career with the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Barker has a winsome smile and a list of accollades that would boggle the mind for any high school volleyball player. She certainly has a bright future ahead of her at the collegiate level.
Block Solos 17
Block Assists 159
Andi Collins Award — National Best Senior Setter Award.
Volleyball Magazine — 1st Team All-American.
Two-time Texas Sportswriters Association VB Player of the Year.
Two-time Gatorade Texas VB Player of the Year.
Two-time 2007 State Tourney MVP.
Three-time Amarillo Globe News — Super Team VB Player of the Year.
Two-time District 2-5A MVP.
LoneStar Volleyball — 2007 Player of the Year.
Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A-5A Player of the Year.
Three-time Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State.
Texas Girls Coaches Association 2008 All-Star.
Amarillo High School/Globe News 2007 MVP.
Two-time Panhandle Sport Hall of Fame — 2007 VB Player of the Year.
PrepVolleyball Top 100 Senior Aces — #29.
Duncanville Tournament of Champions — Most Valuable Player.
Allen Texas Open — Most Valuable Player.
Pearland Invitational — Best Setter Award.
Amarillo Globe News — Player of the Week.
Amarillo Chamber of Commerce — Volleyball Player of the Month.
Team ranked No. 2 in the nation by Prepvolleyball.
2006 and 2007 Texas 5A State Champion 2007 Team 46-1.
2006 and 2007 Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame — Super Team of the Year.
Duncanville Tournament of Champions — 1st Place.
Allen Texas Open — 1st Place.
Pearland Invitational — 2nd Place.
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