Barry Leaves NC State For Lions

NC State offensive line coach Mike Barry has been hired by the NFL's Detroit Lions, the franchise announced today.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions Head Coach Rod Marinelli has hired three assistant coaches: Mike Barry as assistant offensive line coach, Clayton Lopez as defensive backs coach and Fred Reed as defensive assistant. Terms of their contracts were not disclosed.

Barry has joined the Lions coaching staff to assist with the offensive line. He returns to the professional coaching ranks after spending two decades coaching offensive linemen at the collegiate level. Barry also coached with the New Orleans/Portland Breakers (1984-85) and the San Antonio Gunslingers (1984) of the USFL.

For the past three seasons, Barry has been the offensive line coach at NC State, where he coached Sean Locklear (2003) who started at right tackle for the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. He helped Locklear become the first Wolfpack offensive lineman since 1992 to earn first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a senior.

Barry also had coaching stints at Tennessee, Southern California, Colorado, Iowa State, Arizona and Southern Illinois. He has coached in 14 bowl games and won the National Championship with the Buffaloes in 1990 and the Volunteers in 1998. Twelve of the linemen Barry has coached have played in the NFL, including current linemen: Locklear, Chad Clifton (Green Bay), Cosey Coleman (Cleveland) and Fred Weary (Houston).

As a collegiate player, Barry played at Nebraska (1964-66) and at Southern Illinois (1966-69). After three seasons with the Salukis, he graduated with a degree in recreation and education and began his coaching career at Carbondale (Ill.) High School (1970-73) and Fenwick Prep (1973-76). He returned to Southern Illinois in 1977 to become their offensive line coach.

Barry and his wife, Sherry, have a daughter, Courtney, and a son, Joe, who coaches linebackers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They also have four grandchildren: Camryn, Lauren, and twins Nick and Sam.


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