Coach Dave Barb is beginning his 9th season as the head baseball coach of the Cardinal
program. He came to the MCC after being out of baseball for several years in semi-retirement.
Under Barb’s guidance the Cardinal team has compiled 173 wins and has finished second
in the conference twice and was runner up in the Region 11 tournament on one occasion.
His teams at Muscatine have produced numerous all-conference selections, two All-Americans
and two players who signed professional contracts.
Barb, who is originally from West Virginia, was a two sport All-Conference athlete in high school and was selected to the All-State Team in baseball after his senior high school season. In 1970 he was selected in the 11th round of the Major League first year player draft by the New York Mets. He played in the Mets organization for three years compiling a 13-13 overall pitching record while in the Appalachian and Florida State Leagues. Upon his release from the Mets, Barb was hired as the head baseball coach at Davis and Elkins College (WV) and at that time was the youngest head coach (age 20) of a four year college program in the country.
In ten years at D&E, Barb guided the Senator program to two WVIAC conference championships and 1 NAIA District 29 championship. He was elected District 29 Coach of the Year 3 times in his tenure at Davis and Elkins. While there, Barb’s teams posted wins over notable NCAA Division 1 universities James Madison, Virginia Military Institute, East Carolina, UNCC, Campbell University, Wake Forest and others and in 1981 the Senators had the best winning percentage in the country with a 25-2-1 record. In 1983 Coach Barb accepted the head baseball coaching position at Seattle University. He coached the Chieftains three years and took them to their first NAIA playoff appearance in 1986. Following that year, Barb again was named the Coach of the Year for District 1 of the NAIA. Barb resigned from SU after that season to pursue other interests in the business world.
In 1994 Barb was elected to the Randolph County (WV) Athletic Hall of Fame and in 1996 was inducted into the Davis and Elkins College Athletic Hall of Fame.
He currently resides in Muscatine with his wife Brenda.