Hometown: Michigan, North Dakota
Education: Mayville State University; Hastings College
Email: barta [at] midlandu.edu
The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.
After my freshman year of college, I went home for the summer and was the coach for our T-ball, Pee-wee and 16U girls softball teams.
Outside of mentors, talk about one or more ways you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
I grew up in a family of educators. My Mom was an elementary teacher and my Dad was high school coach and teacher. We never just watched a game, we broke it down. The why’s and why not’s were just how we grew up watching and playing sports.
What is your favorite memory from a coaching conference or clinic?
It would have to be memories.
1. God Bless America at ABCA convention (favorite is when the coaches sing it).
2. The Hall of Fame luncheons at the ABCA convention. Such an intimate event of being able to hear years of experience tell their stories.
3. The FCA Breakfast at ABCA convention. When you get to see leaders in the game who put God, family, team and others first.
4. Saturday Mass at the convention.
Best career or work advice you ever received.
Coach Mike Martin told me: “Joel, don’t ever quit being you as a coach.”
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?
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