Men's Rowing Coaching Staff
Jim Barr
Men's Interim Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Men's Interim Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Temple
Graduating Year: 2012
Phone: 407-694-9779

Jim Barr is currently in his fifth season at Holy Cross as the head men's rowing coach in 2018-19.

Barr, who previously served as the assistant coach at Holy Cross for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons, was named the interim head coach in the fall of 2014. He led the team to a historic season as the varsity eight finished a program-best 17th in the heavyweight eight competition at the 2015 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship. The varsity eight was ranked in the USRowing men's varsity eight poll for five straight weeks, the first time they have ever been ranked more than once in a season. The Crusaders’ varsity eight defeated six nationally ranked teams over the course of the year.  

Then in his second season, Barr led the varsity four to a fourth place finish at the IRAs. It was the Crusaders' best finish in an event at the IRAs since 1983 when the varsity four placed third. Also in 2016, Sam Poryanda qualified for the U.S. Men’s Under 23 National Team Selection Camp and Vince LaMonte attended the U.S. Lightweight Men’s Under 23 National Team Selection Camp. 

Barr was a four-year rower at Temple and also rowed for Vesper and Malta for four summer seasons. At Temple, Barr was a stand-out athlete and was named Freshman of the Year after stroking the top eight in his first year. As a senior he received the Most Valuable Rower Award. At Vesper, Barr won four Club National Championships and four Canadian Henley Golds in heavyweight boats and for Malta, Barr won Canadian Henley Gold in the men's lightweight quad in 2013.

A Central Florida native and Winter Park High School graduate Barr won four state championships and many medals at Stotebury as well as Scholastic and Youth Nationals including a gold in 2008 at Scholastic Nationals.