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Barr Set for Prep Coaching Career

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, April 3, 2008

TROY - Ben Barr has thought seriously about becoming a head hockey coach.

Soon, the former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute captain will get that chance.

On Sunday, Albany Academy will announce Barr as its new Director of Player Development and assistant to head coach Dave Rider.

Barr, one of the most popular RPI players of recent years, served as graduate assistant coach to Seth Appert's staff.

He'll have a much more complex role at Academy.

"I've been looking into it for some time," Barr said of his wishes to coach. "This gives me a fine opportunity."

As Director of Player Development, Barr will help expand the Academy program.

"Basically we want to create an all-encompassing program, varsity, of course, junior varsity and maybe a third team," the Faribault, Minn. native said. "I'll have my hand in the development of all the teams. I'll be evaluating local talent and see that hopefully the top local kids will give Albany a chance."

"We want to be more competitive (in the New England Prep School Hockey League)."

Barr played 140 games for the Engineers from 200-2004. He scored 11 goals during his junior season of 2002-03 and for his career, totaled 25 goals and 39 assists for 64 points.

Barr is a graduate of the prestigious Shattuck St. Mary's prep school.

"So, I understand the prep school environment," he said. "I'm excited."