Baseball Coaching Staff
Head Coach – John Barrow
John Barrow enters his 8th year at the helm of the Titans baseball program and 12th overall as a junior college head coach. Overall, Barrow has posted over 200 career wins as a college head coach at the junior college level. In 2011, the Titans had their most successful campaign finishing as Region X runners-up. Under Barrow’s tutelage, fifteen Titans have garnered All-Region X honors, one Titan has received Academic All-American honors, and sixty Titans have moved on to play at four-year colleges, including eleven at the NCAA Division I level. In 2009, Barrow saw his first player get taken in the MLB Draft. Overall, nine of Barrow’s former players have played or are currently playing professionally.
Barrow is no stranger to building successful baseball programs. He founded the baseball program at Region X rival Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, NC during the summer of 2000. During his 4-year tenure as head coach, RCC set school records each year for wins. Barrow led the Eagles to a 2nd place finish in the Region X tournament in only the program’s second year of existence in 2002. His 2004 team also set school records for team batting average, team hits, team home runs, and team RBI’s while producing the program’s first winning season. That same team also saw 8 players sign scholarships with 4-year programs (including two with NCAA D-I programs). Over twenty players went on from RCC to play at 4-year NCAA and NAIA programs during Barrow’s reign, including four at NCAA Division-I institutions. Under Barrow’s tutelage, five Eagle players garnered All-Region X honors. Barrow is the winningest coach in RCC history and had his jersey retired during the spring of 2012.
The Jamestown, NC native graduated from Bridgewater (VA) College in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. He earned his Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Appalachian State in 1998. Barrow served as a graduate assistant for the Mountaineers’ baseball program during the 1998 season as well. He also served on the baseball staff at NCAA Division I baseball powerhouse Tulane University in New Orleans later that year. He returned home to teach English and coach baseball and football at Morehead High School in Eden, NC up until his hiring at Rockingham Community College in 2000.
The 1992 graduate of Ragsdale High School enjoyed standout prep careers in both baseball and football, garnering All-Conference and All-Guilford County honors in both sports. He was runner-up for the Conference Player of the Year in baseball his senior season and earned a baseball scholarship to Elon College. Barrow earned two varsity letters in baseball at Elon before transferring to Bridgewater College and finishing his playing career as a two-year starter behind the plate. In two seasons at Bridgewater, Barrow helped lead the Eagles to an undefeated regular season and ODAC conference championship in 1996, as well as an ODAC conference runner-up in 1997.
Barrow is married to the former Megan Fort and the two reside in Greensboro, NC with their son, Devin (15), daughter, Lily (5), and son, Tyson (2). Barrow is also currently pursuing his PhD in Leadership Studies at North Carolina A&T.
John Barrow (336) 334-4822 ext. 50037
Assistant Coach- Shawn Hawk
Shawn Hawk will enter his second year as an assistant coach for the Titans this season, but he is certainly no stranger to junior college baseball. Hawk was the head coach at Region X rival Wilkes Community College for the 2013 season. He brings a wealth of baseball knowledge and experience to the Titan staff and will be tabbed to direct the Titan hitters and infielders, as well as coach 3rd base.
Hawk is a 1993 graduate of Delsea High School in New Jersey where he was a 4 year starter and All-Conference infielder. He spent one year at perennial JUCO powerhouse Gloucester County College after graduation before transferring to Salem Community College the following year. After leading Salem CC to its most successful season in school history (runner up Region XVIII) in 1996, Hawk accepted a tryout invitation and signed a free agent waiver with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hawk retained his college eligibility after spending less than 90 days with the professional organization, but remained in Arizona and played 2nd base for South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, AZ. An elbow injury ended Hawk’s playing career.
Hawk began his coaching career as a volunteer at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. Hawk also spent 3 years as an assistant coach at Salem Community College back home in New Jersey. In addition to his college coaching experience, Hawk also has extensive experience at the prep and summer league level. He served as the assistant coach at Higley High School in Gilbert, AZ and Tempe Prep Academy in Tempe, AZ. Hawk served as the assistant coach of the 16U Grinder Organization run by former major leaguer Kelly Stinnett, as well as the head coach of the 18U National Team in the Winter World Series Classic in Orlando, FL. He has also served as the head coach in three collegiate summer leagues- the Arizona Collegiate Wooden Bat League, NABA in Scottsdale, Arizona, and most recently in the All-American Collegiate Wood Bat League in Wilkesboro, NC.
The Elk Township, NJ native graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 with a BA in Education and minor in Physical Education. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Coaching Administration from Ball St. University. Hawk resides in Lewisville, NC with his wife, Wendy, and their two dogs.
Last update 05/04/2015