Brandon Barbaree is the new Carlisle Bison football coach.
He was hired by the Carlisle School Board during its monthly meeting Monday night. Barbaree replaces Scott Waymire, who resigned last month after seven seasons to become head coach at Class 4A Trumann.
“I think Carlisle is a great place to raise a family,” Barbaree said during an interview Tuesday afternoon. “That always goes first with three kids and a wife. The football program with the tradition that has been built here is great. The expectations are a coach’s dream.”
Barbaree came to Carlisle after a three-year stint as head coach at England. He coached the Junior Bison in 2012 and served as defensive coordinator for Waymire as the Bison went 10-2, advancing to the Class 2A state quarterfinals.
The Bison have won 71 games the past seven seasons under Waymire. Carlisle has had only one losing season since 1988. The Bison have played in five state championship games since 1989 — four under coach James Clayton (1989, 1991, 1993, 1999) and once under Waymire in 2011.
“Coach Waymire is the best coach I’ve ever worked for and one of the best people I’ve worked for,” Barbaree said. “He did a great job of bringing the program back to where it had been under Coach Clayton.
“It’s one of those jobs where the kids are used to winning, which always makes it easier. The community is used to winning. The kids will work like they want to win. We’re going to keep working on it and building on it.”
Carlisle superintendent Jason Clark said Barbaree had an impressive resume.
“Coach Barbaree is a relatively young coach with a very impressive resume, which includes coaching stops at Drew Central and England,” he said. “Most important, however, is his work ethic, student interaction, communication skills and dedication he has displayed since has been at Carlisle.”
Clark said Barbaree is a student of the game of football.
“He will bring the intangibles necessary to run a successful program here in Carlisle,” he said.
Barbaree runs a similar offensive system to Waymire, using the double wing formation.
“Coach [Waymire] and I are very similar,” Barbaree said. “We learned the double wing offensive philosophy at the same place at Vilonia.
“The double wing — the kids have bought in to it. They understand the different parts of it. They know how to win with the double wing. We will tweak it slightly but I don’t see any major overhauls to the offense.”
Barbaree said the defense will be the same way.
“We don’t want to bring anything in here that confuses the kids,” he said. “I see us being very similar and very sound in just about everything we do. Hopefully, we will break through that door of winning big here and keep winning here.”
Barberee coached at Vilonia and Charleston as assistant. He started the football program at Drew Central in Monticello. He was head coach at England from 2009 to 2011, taking the Lions to the playoffs twice.
Barbaree is a 1998 graduate of Watson Chapel High School near Pine Bluff. Barbaree played football at the University of Central Arkansas where he received his bachelor’s degree in health and science. He also had a master’s degree in health science in education from UCA and a master’s in educational leadership from Harding University.
Barbaree’s wife of 12 years, Jennifer, is an administrator in the Watson Chapel school district. They have three children — son Brett, 11, is a fifth grader at Carlisle; daughter Brynnlee, 7, is a first grader at Watson Chapel; and Baxley, 2.