After one season as head coach, which included 12 wins and a semifinals appearance, Carlisle Bison football coach Brandon Barbaree resigned last week to become an administrator at Pangburn Middle School.
Barbaree has been at Carlisle for two years. He was the defensive coordinator for previous head coach Scott Waymire in 2012. He took over for Waymire last spring when Waymire became coach at Class 4A Trumann.
"For 10 years, I’ve bought into the coaching lifestyle and there was the old dream of winning a state championship," Barbaree said. "I love my job and I love the kids here.
"I feel like I’ve always put other people’s families in front of my own. I feel like I’ve missed out on so much with my own kids. As an administrator, at least you get the chance to have that 4 o’clock to 9 o’clock time with them."
Barbaree will join his wife Jennifer as a school administrator. Jennifer Barbaree is currently the principal at Lonoke Elementary School.
They have three children, Brett, who will be in the seventh grade, daughter Brynlee, who will be in the third grade and daughter Baxley, who is 3. The Barbaree children will attend school at Lonoke.
Pangburn in a non-football playing school.
"Them not having football helps," Barbaree said. "I’m going to miss it. I know it. Finding a good school was important. There wasn’t anything open for me here. I wanted to have one around here but couldn’t find one."
Barbaree said he appreciated everyone who supported him in his two years at Carlisle.
"My environment was great for me … the kids were great for me … the teachers were great," he said. "This is probably the best football community. It meant a lot to me and I enjoyed my time. I appreciate all that they have done. I wish it were different circumstances but sometimes you just have to do what you feel is best for you and your family."
Carlisle superintendent Jason Clark said Barbaree "was good for the kids."
"He worked hard and he will be missed," Clark said. "His contributions will be missed. I wish Coach Barbaree the best in his career in school administration in any way that I can."
Clark said the search process for a new coach started last week following Barbaree’s resignation.
Clark said candidates were being interviewed this week.