Crimson Tide to host two baseball camps this winter
Bobby Barbier joined the Crimson Tide staff in 2010, after spending two years as an assistant coach at Northwestern (La.) State (2008-09). In his current role with the Tide, Barbier is the team's third base coach, coordinates the running game, works with the outfielders and oversees the Alabama Baseball Camps. He also assists in the areas of hitting, defense and pitching for the program.
"Bobby is one of the brightest coaches in college baseball," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "He played for me at Northwestern State and truly understands how our program works. Bobby does a great job as our third base coach and does a number of other things to help the program improve. He is a tremendous baseball coach, and we are fortunate to have him with us."
Barbier helped turn right fielder Ben Moore into a threat on the base paths in 2013. Moore had 16 stolen bases during his sophomore campaign to rank eighth in the SEC. Moore's 16 steals were the most by an Alabama player since Taylor Dugas swiped 19 in 2010. Moore's mark also ranks as the fourth-highest amount for a Tide player in the past decade, trailing only seasons amassed by Dugas and Emeel Salem (2006 and 2007).
Barbier wrapped up an impressive four-year playing career in 2006 at Northwestern State, where he earned two All-Southland Conference honors and a CoSIDA Academic All-America award while playing for Gaspard.
He completed his career being listed in the school's top-10 in eight offensive categories. In 2004, Barbier became the eighth student-athlete in NSU history to be named an Academic All-American. He hit .293 that season with a team-high nine home runs.
The 29-year old Barbier played high school baseball at Archbishop Shaw in New Orleans, earning all-state, all-district and all-metro honors. He also was part of two American Legion state championship teams.
Barbier earned his bachelor of science degree from Northwestern State in health and human performance in December of 2006. He is married to Kody (Sprout) Barbier, and the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Landry Claire, in August of 2012.