Berwick High School is pleased to announce Mr. Aaron Barras as Head Baseball Coach. Coach Barras will meet with current BHS team members and invites any student wanting to play baseball to a meeting at BHS to be held in the near future.
Aaron Barras was born and raised in St. Bernard Parish. He attended Holy Cross High School and graduated with a 4.2 G.P.A. and the school’s highest honor, the Holy Cross Man award. In his senior year, Barras was awarded all-district, all-parish, all-metro, and all-state honors for his performance on the baseball field and he took his talents to Spring Hill College. On the baseball field, he was a two-time first team all-conference performer and won the freshman of the year award in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. In the classroom, he graduated with a degree in Public Relations/Journalism and Minors in Business Management and Finance.
After college, Coach Barras moved to the Philadelphia area where his first coaching job was with the St. Joseph’s University baseball team. There, he coached for two years alongside head coach Shawn Pender, lowered the team’s ERA by 2 full runs, and had one of his pitchers sign with the Washington Nationals as well as working with the infielders resulting in the A10 conference’s highest fielding percentage. Coach Barras finished his second season at St. Joe’s as the interim head coach and posted an 8-2 record with wins versus Georgetown and Seton Hall. In his next stop, Barras became the Head Baseball Coach at Episcopal Academy. There he helped resurrect the program by raising its winning percentage 40 percent and going to the second round of the playoffs three years in a row. Ten of his players went on to play college baseball, 6 division I and 4 Division 2. In the last two years while coaching at Episcopal, Coach Barras was the field manager for Phillies Youth Baseball Academy in Western Pennsylvania during the summers. After two summers, the Phillies promoted him to General Manager full-time where he over saw the entire operation. This included a territory of New Jersey, Western Pennsylvania, and Delaware. His primary responsibilities were budgeting, marketing, working with community youth groups, speaking at local elementary schools, managing a staff of 150 employees, teaching all of those employees the programs and proper techniques to execute, interacting with all of the parents and players that participated in the Phillies programs, and coordinating the interaction between the Phillies players and campers. Coach Barras also worked with Phillies players, old and new, in Clearwater, Florida.
Coach Barras returned home and helped to start the baseball program while teaching Physical Education/Health and Emergency Medical Responder at Kenner Discovery Charter High School. The team won the school’s first varsity game in school history. In year two, the team went 8-2 in JV and the Varsity team went to the playoffs in the team’s first season playing a district schedule.