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Barr retires after 30-plus years coaching at Hillcrest

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
Hillcrest High School baseball coach Scott Barr has gone fishin’.

Barr announced his resignation from the program earlier this summer in an email to the Post Register — his reason, simply, was that it was “the right moment.”

Photo courtesy of Barr family

Barr coached the Knights for 25 years (since the school opened in 1992) and decided to step down to focus on “his next decade or so.”

He leaves behind a 30-plus year career coaching baseball in the area, winning the 2004 state championship, and per Barr, coaching hundreds of players that positively influenced his time at Hillcrest.

He also won a state title at Bonneville in 1992.

“Eastern Idaho baseball is going to take a big hit losing Scott Barr,” former Bonneville athletic director Dale Gardner said.

Barr said he will continue to teach for at least another year at Hillcrest High School.

He said he knows who his successor will be as coach, declining to verify who it is so the Hillcrest athletic administration could announce it themselves.

“We’ve put a lot of baseball on the map,” Barr said. “They’re a lot of great coaches in Idaho Falls and in eastern Idaho.”

Barr is one of those coaches.

He coached a junior Olympic team — team Idaho — and garnered all-area/conference coach of the year honors throughout his career.

But statistics only tell a portion the legacy Barr leaves behind.

Barr took the Knights to multiple state appearances and, according to a previous Post Register report, helped turn Mt. Hood Community College into a pipeline for local players.

“Recruiting’s funny — once you start something going, it continues to go,” Mt. Hood’s Bryan Donohue told the Post Register in 2016. “If (Scott’s) going to recommend somebody, we’ll listen.”

He also coached at Bonneville High School (before taking over at Hillcrest) laying the groundwork for another impactful eastern Idaho coach, Joldy Watts.

“Scott and I always say we’re gonna go fishing,” Gardner said. “Baseball is going to take a big hit (because of Barr’s retirement).”

Barr said despite his accomplishments coaching, his legacy has always been about one thing: his players.

“I always give the kids as much credit as possible,” Barr said.

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