It seems that nearly everyone in the Heard County community knew that head Braves football coach Tim Barron was going for his 100th career win last Friday night except for, ironically — Tim Barron himself.
Not until his players dumped a big cooler of water on his head with just seconds left on the clock in the 54-13 win over the Blue Devils in Manchester did Barron know anything was special about the night.
Still bewildered by what was going on he looked up into the stands to see nearly every member of the Brave Nation holding signs which read simply “100″ on a sheet of paper.
After the game, assistant coach D.J. Curbow presented Barron with a special trophy listing all of the coach’s wins individually. Of the 100 wins, 90 have come during his 12 year tenure with the Braves where he has compiled a record of 90-40 for a .692 winning percentage. Barron’s first 10 wins came during his three years at Alexander High School in Douglasville, his first head coaching job.
Barron was admittedly shocked by all of the fanfare surrounding his milestone win. ”I had no idea we were even at that point so it makes it a pretty special night, but what makes it more special how we won — to go out there and put four quarters in the way we did tonight — and to see this team mature and come together and get better in each phase of the game you know is pretty exciting to see,” said an emotional Barron after the game.
Barron grew up in the Mableton, GA area and attended Pebblebrook high school where he played football. As a multipurpose walk-on football player at West Georgia College he played quarterback, strong safety, and on special teams.
Despite his smaller stature he worked hard everyday and gained enough size that he was able to eventually move to the linebacker position where he excelled.
As a junior, Barron was named as the Special Teams Player of the Year and then during his senior season he earned a starting position on defense and a second team All Gulf-South Conference defensive player award.
“He is a humble man and he always gives credit to everyone else — that is just the way he does it,” said Curbow, a life-long friend of Barron. “He didn’t even know it was his 100th win but I did because I am a stat man and I look at that stuff. I realized a couple of weeks ago we were getting close and I got with McEver’s in Carrollton who did an awesome job on the trophy listing all of his 100 wins. I was just glad to be a part of it — I grew up with Timbo since we were 5-year-old neighbors.”
The 2012 Region 5-AA Coach of the Year is loved and well-respected by everyone in the Brave Nation from players to parents to his peers.
“Coach Barron is an outstanding coach but he is an even better person, ” said Heard County High School athletic director Shane Lasseter. “He is the most humble person I know and he has been tremendous for our program. He has definitely been the spark plug that has turned our whole community around as far as sports goes.”
Barron’s impact at Heard County was immediate — in his first season at the helm in 2002 he took a team that had only one win over their last two seasons and guided them to a 10-2 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs.
Barron’s list of accomplishments on the field at Heard County is long including only one losing season, 10 playoff appearances including a current streak of eight consecutive years, the Braves only three region championships and two undefeated regular seasons in 2006 and 2012.
Coach Tim Barron’s Top 10 Most Memorable Wins
10. Heard County 26, Brookstone 19 (September 9, 2002)
— Coach Barron gets his first win as a Brave over the Cougars in the season opener at Columbus.
9. Alexander 7, Walter Wellburn (AL) 6 (September 3, 1999)
— Barron gets the first win of his head coaching career over Walter Wellburn in Anniston, Alabama.
8. Heard County 34, Social Circle 14 (November 22, 2002)
— Barron gets his first state playoff win at Staples Stadium in his first season with the Braves.
7. Heard County 50, Morgan County 48 (November 17, 2006)
— In perhaps the mist exciting game ever played at Staples Stadium, the Braves defeat Morgan County 50-48 in three overtimes in the first round of the state playoffs.
6. Heard County 54, Manchester 13 (October 11, 2013)
— Players, coaches, and fans celebrate Barron’s 100th win as the Braves dominate Manchester 54-13 scoring the most points versus the Blue Devils of any team since 1946.
5. Heard County 28, Bowdon 13 (November 9, 2012)
— The Braves close out their second perfect regular season and claim the Region 5-AA Championship with a huge road win over the Red Devils in Bowdon.
4. Heard County 35, Lamar County 21 (November 10, 2006)
— The Braves defeat the Trojans in Barnesville to win the second of back-to-back titles and close out the first undefeated regular season in Braves history.
3. Heard County 14, Bowdon 7 (November 15, 2002)
— Remembered as “The Mud Bowl,” the Braves defeated the Red Devils 14-7 in a brutal physical battle during torrential rains in the final regular season game that was actually played at Central High School in Carrollton because of poor field conditions in Bowdon.
2. Heard County 44, Jackson 22 (October 28, 2005)
— The Braves defeat an undefeated and very athletic Red Devil squad at Staples Stadium to capture the first ever region championship in Heard County history.
1. Heard County 10, Callaway 7 (October 18, 2007)
— Although Barron owns several upset wins over the Cavaliers none was more surprising than this one which took place on a Thursday night in Lagrange. The Cavs entered the game undefeated, ranked #6 in the state, and were averaging almost 40 points per game.