Jason Barry of Princeton begins his fourth season as the golf coach at Rider University in 2016-17, having been hired in August, 2013.
“Jason emerged from a very talented candidate pool as someone who will be able to manage, instruct, motivate and recruit at the level necessary to run a quality Division 1 golf program,” Rider Director of Athletics Don Harnum said. “His positive reputation in the local golf community combined with his competitiveness and enthusiasm for teaching the game came through loud and clear during the search process.”
In his first season at Rider, Barry helped the team score below 300 on a consistent basis with the Broncs compiling two third place team finishes as well as a fourth place and seventh place finish during the season.
At the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships in 2014, Rider scored second and third rounds of 313 and 317, finishing only nine shots out of fifth place.
At the 2016 MAAC Championships, Rider placed third with the team tying the Rider all-time low mark at MAACs with a 293 as Parker Mann earned All-MAAC honors with a ninth place finish.
Barry has been the Head Teaching professional at the Mercer County Golf Academy since 2008, where he coached over 25 tournament winners, including the 2011 NJSGA four-ball champion and the 2013 NJSGA Public Links champion.
Barry, who also served as Head Teaching professional at the Mercer County Golf Academy, was nominated by Golf Digest as a top teacher in New Jersey for 2013-14.
Barry came to Rider from West Windsor Plainsboro North High School, where he served as head golf coach in 2012-13.
Barry earned a degree in 2010 from Rider, where he majored in Psychology, and is in level 2 of the PGA program. He has published instructional articles in PGA Magazine and The Met Golfer Extra.
Barry replaced Bob Whartenby ’04, who served as the Rider head golf coach since 2006.