Lawrenceville, NJ - Jason Barry of Princeton has been hired as the head golf coach at Rider University, Rider Director of Athletics Don Harnum announced.
“Jason emerged from a very talented candidate pool as someone who will be able to manage, instruct, motivate and recruit at the level necessary to run a quality Division 1 golf program,” Harnum said. “His positive reputation in the local golf community combined with his competitiveness and enthusiasm for teaching the game came through loud and clear during the search process.”
Barry has been the Head Teaching professional at the Mercer County Golf Academy since 2008, where he coached over 25 tournament winners, including the 2011 NJSGA four-ball champion and the 2013 NJSGA Public Links champion.
“We have an extremely talented group and I’m looking forward to this opportunity,” said Barry, who was nominated by Golf Digest as a top teacher in New Jersey for 2013-14. "We have a chance of building a special program here at Rider."
Barry comes to Rider from West Windsor Plainsboro North High School, where he served as head golf coach last year.
Barry earned a degree in 2010 from Rider, where he majored in Psychology, and is in level 2 of the PGA program. He has published instructional articles in PGA Magazine and The Met Golfer Extra.
Barry replaced Bob Whartenby ’04, who served as the Rider head golf coach since 2006.
The fall golf season begins September 7-8 at the Colgate Invitational. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Golf Championships are held in the spring at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.