DLS Varsity Hockey Head Coach Dan Barry, who led the Pilots to a 227-114-10 record since 2003, has decided to retire.
After 13 seasons, Dan said “I just felt it was time to move on and take some time off from hockey. I have been going to the hockey arena since I was 2 years old, and just want to know what it would be like to have a winter off.”
Dan has contemplated retirement since his son, Sean, graduated from DLS in 2012. He informed DLS Athletic Director Brian Kelly of his decision after the hockey season ended in early March.
Kelly said, “Dan has done an outstanding job developing the De La Salle hockey program into one of the best in the State. It has been a pleasure working with Dan whose steady leadership and organization were second to none. Dan has made a positive impact on dozens of Pilots during his tenure and has left the program in tremendous shape. I am sad for De La Salle but happy for Dan that he will get a chance to get away from the rink for a while.”
Among his accomplishments, Dan cites the Pilots’ Final Four appearances in 2010 and 2014, and Catholic League Championships in 2008 and 2010.
Perhaps the most significant event during Barry’s tenure was the invitation to join the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League (MIHL) in 2008. “The MIHL is the best league in the State,” said Dan. “It offered us the best schedule in the State, and the best coaches. We were very honored to be invited into the MIHL.”
Dan is quick to praise his staff. “Even though I was the Coach, I was blessed by having the best managers in Jim Priskey, Bill Jacques, Jim McKenna, and Annette Faria. I have also worked with the best Coaches in the State: Bob Faria, Doug Jakubik, Bill Gutenberg, Brendan Lipari, Doug Wood, John Murphy, Tom Peck, Rich Hanna, Trent Lee, and Nick Stefani.”
A Sales Manager for Fluid Systems Engineering in Clinton Township, Dan looks forward to the opportunity to spend time with his family. “My wife Sherry has always stood by my side.
Sean Barry is a full-time college student and part-time referee, looking to attend Law School after college. Dan’s older son Jason works in Florida, and daughter Lauren is a freshman at Northern Michigan University.
Before taking over the DLS hockey program, Dan coached at University LIggett for six years.
Kelly says that the search for a new head varsity coach has already begun. All applications are handled online, through the Employment link of the school’s website. The process will close on Friday, April 15.