EAST NEWTON, Mo. – There’s an exciting new addition to East Newton’s coaching staff. Former NFL player Allen Barbre is returning to his alma mater to help lead the Patriots this season.
“I wanted to take the opportunity to see if I could help the program and give back to the kids,” Barbre says. “Maybe we can build back some tradition and start working in the right direction.”
Barbre played at Missouri Southern from 20030-2006, before getting drafted by the Green Bay Packers. He spent 10 years playing in the NFL.
Barbre never thought he had a future as a coach, but he says that he realized he has more to give.
“I’ve coached my little boys for a few years and I think the passion has grown from there,” Barbre says. “After being away from the game for a little while, it’s nice to now step back in and be a part of it again. Football has given me a great life and given me opportunity and now it’s time to give back.”
So, Barbre is passing down his wisdom as the offensive line coach at East Newton.
“I see a lot of myself in a lot of these kids,” Barbre says. “I want to teach these kids that hard work out here can carry on into your future. The work ethic that you develop can carry on for the rest of your life. It’s important to teach them to be accountable, teach them to be on time and show up. There’s so many life lessons you can learn here.”
And Barbre has learned a few things himself, now in a coaching role.
“It’s learning to communicate,” Barbre says. “You need to learn how to get it out of my mind and get it to where these kids can understand it.”
East Newton is a very young group this year, but Barbre is confident the Patriots are on the right track.
“We have a small senior class,” Barbre says. “We have a lot of young guys. We just have to continue to build. Everyday we have to come out here and work hard. I think we have the guys to do it.”
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