Greenville College men’s basketball coach Dr. George Barber has been named the 2015 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Lee McKinney Distinguished Service Award winner. The award is presented annually to an individual in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference that exemplifies the qualities of leadership, dedication, service and perseverance displayed by longtime Fontbonne University director of athletics, Lee McKinney.
Dr. Barber recently completed his 29th season as a member of intercollegiate athletics, including the last 16 with Greenville College.
Coach Barber is also a faculty member in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department at GC. He is a member of the NCAA Division III men’s basketball committee and has represented the SLIAC on various national and regional levels. Dr. Barber is second in career coaching wins in Greenville men’s basketball history and his teams have won six SLIAC Team Sportsmanship awards. During his head coaching career he has had 24 players earn SLIAC All-Conference honors while also coaching two NCCAA All-Americans.
Barber organizes the Panther Basketball Academy, an event that brings 200 students to campus each summer, and held numerous individual and team summer camps. He has led international basketball trips for his teams to countries such as the Czech Republic, Bolivia, and Costa Rica; and coached an NCCAA All-Star team that competed overseas. In addition he helps create, promote, and oversee the annual Special Olympics day at Greenville College.