New Tatum athletic director and head football coach Craig Barker spent two seasons in Kaufman compiling a record of 16-9 on the way to setting Kaufmans all-time scoring offense in 2015. The 11-wins in 2015 were the most wins in a season since 1982.
Barkers first head coaching stop came in 2012 when he took over the reins at Garrison – leaving after two seasons with an overall record of 19-5 while having a 10-win regular season, just the 6th time ever at Garrision.
No stranger to the area Barker, who is 42 years old, got his first start in Jacksonville under Danny Long. That's where he met current University of Texas coach Jeff Traylor. When Traylor took the Gilmer job, Barker went with him.
During his time at both Kaufman and Garrison, Barker was named district coach of the year (Garrison 2013, Kaufman 2015). Prior to Garrison, Barker was on staff at Henderson (2002-2012) under Dickey Meeks having several roles that included offensive coordinator (2003-2012) on Henderson’s 2010 state title team. Also served as the Lions Strength and Conditioning Coordinator (2006-2009) as well as Recruiting Coordinator (2009-2012).
Having graduated from LeTourneau University in 1997 where his was on the basketball team for four years and the baseball team for one season. At the time, he was the basketball teams all-time assist leader.
Barker, who’s career coaching record is 35-14, replaces Andy Evans, who in 12 seasons at Tatum compiled a 115-40 record with back-to-back state titles in 2005 and 2006.
Evans resigned his position in mid-December and will remain as an assistant athletic director throughout the 2016-17 school year.