Mac Barnes honored with ‘East Central Mississippi FCA Coach of the Year Award'
On Friday the East Central District of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes presented Lamar football coach, Mac Barnes, with the inaugural ‘East Central Mississippi FCA Coach of the Year Award.'
“He was not only such a good representative for the organization, but you just knew the kind of person that he was,” said FCA Board Member, Dusty Culpepper. “You knew the faith that he had because he instilled that in us in every practice. So it’s really an honor to approach him with this award. I can’t think of anybody that’s more deserving.”
FCA blends the influence of coaches and athletes to impact the world for Christ and Coach Barnes has been involved with the organization for four decades.
“It’s really nice,” Barnes said. “FCA has meant a lot to me and my wife. We first really got involved in it in 1978 or ’79. I was on the first state board that hired the first state director.”
Although his successes on the football field, which include the MAIS AAAA-Division II State title this fall, are impressive, he was honored with this award because of his character.
Per Culpepper, “This award really embodies what FCA is all about and that is the impact of what coaches have on players…The success is great because he’s a great coach. But he coaches, he coaches, he coaches not just football – he coaches character. And as a parent, you can’t ask for anything more than that.”
Coach Barnes’ passion for FCA stems from the mission and vision of the organization.
“The bottom line of education is teaching values. And I think we would all agree in America today that we’re not doing a very good job at that and we try to act like religion isn’t important and it isn’t until something bad happens to you. And then, you’re trying to find it and it’s too late so kids are wanting to hear, they’re not getting the chance to hear very much and FCA is about the only thing I know that does that.”
Coach Barnes will be formally recognized at the FCA Breakfast of Champions banquet, Friday March 30th at 7:00am at the Tommy Dulaney Center at Meridian Community College. College Football Hall of Fame coach, Gene Stallings, will serve as the keynote speaker.