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Meet Football and Softball Assistant Coach: Ousmane Barry

Coach Ousmane Barry, the new Phoenix football and softball assistant coach, aspires to be a positive role model and mentor for all of his players. At his core, he loves coaching and can’t imagine doing anything else.
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When Coach Barry isn’t coaching, he works at his main job as a study hall teacher. He also loves watching movies and is an avid reader. His favorite book is “Nausea” by Jean-Paul Sartre, and his favorite movie is “The Godfather Part II” by Francis Ford Coppola. Photo Courtesy of Ousmane Barry.

Excited to foster change, Coach Ousmane Barry joined as an assistant coach for the Phoenix football and softball teams this year. In his high school career, Barry was quite the athlete. He played football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. Once his days as a player ended, his passion and love for sports naturally led him to become a coach.

Despite recently joining the Phoenix coaching staff, Barry has already been able to make an impact on many athletes. This past National Signing Day, seniors Darien Ferrell and Demarius Stewart, both of whom Barry coached, signed to go play at their respective colleges. “It was probably one of the single most important things to happen to them in their lives and knowing how much it meant to them filled me with pure joy and excitement,” Barry said. 

Barry is very passionate about coaching and is eager to help out all of his players both on the field and off of it. “It’s my biggest wish to be the sort of coach/mentor that I myself never had and needed as a kid, with the goal being to provide kids with opportunities for improvements of themselves and their careers,” Barry said. He views coaching as a way for him to be exactly who he needed when he was a kid. 

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Barry understands that a good coach has the ability to change a player’s life and be their role model. “I also get to be a huge, and hopefully positive, influence on future generations, providing them with the necessary guidance, reassurance, and love that so many young people need at this certain point in their lives,” Barry said. 

It’s my biggest wish to be the sort of coach/mentor that I myself never had and needed as a kid, with the goal being to provide kids with opportunities for improvements of themselves and their careers

— Coach Ousmane Barry

Even with all the memorable moments that come with the job, coaching is not as easy as it seems. Through both wins and losses, Barry finds valuable lessons from each experience. “It’s an extremely humbling experience that constantly reminds me of the virtues of empathy, compassion, and patience,” Barry said. 

Despite this being Barry’s first year as a coach, he has found a true love for coaching and feels at home in the Phoenix community. “I see myself coaching for a very long time and inshallah (if God wills)  it’ll  be as a Phoenix,” Barry said.

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Riya Cherukuri
Riya Cherukuri, Staff Writer
Riya Cherukuri is a sophomore and a first year staffer on The Blaze. In her free time, Cherukuri enjoys baking desserts. Cherukuri also spends her time playing softball for Rock Ridge. She was motivated to play because her brother played baseball, so being on the field felt just right. Cherukuri hopes to continue playing in college.

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