18U Coach & Catching Instructor
With years of wisdom and experience on and around the diamond, Kirk Barclay has been an integral piece of the Great Lake Canadians fold since the beginning of the program, and has made important contributions as a coach of the 18U squad and catching instructor.
With college playing experience at both Anderson University and Huntington University, both in Indiana, Barclay brings decades of time on the field to Great Lake, beyond working his full-time job and covering eastern Canada as a scout for the Kansas City Royals.
His coaching resume includes, but certainly is not limited to, developing professional and collegiate players Neal Atchison, Jason Helps, Grant Mullen, Mike Gray, Mitch Bigras and of course, his son Ty Barclay. Downplaying all of his accomplishments and remaining forever humble, the elder Barclay believes Chris Speilman summed up what he always thought to be true when one is passionate about the game when he said, “You play for as long as you can, you coach, and then you die.”
The people are what make Barclay continue to want to be in and around the game, and he has a lot of fun as a part of the Canadians staff. Though they have some healthy disagreements from time to time, he knows that they are always working together to try to find a way to allow success for their young players. He smiles every time he walks into Centrefield Sports, and says that the experience of getting to know the coaches and support staff of the GLC program have been a highlight for him.
He enjoys hopping in his truck and travelling to tournaments and getting to talk baseball, or what’s going on with his colleagues’ families, or hearing about former GLC players, and the trips fly by because of it. It is the piece of Barclay’s life that replicates the give and take of being in a clubhouse, and something he cherishes.
Another highlight for Barclay are the kids themselves. He believes is one of the luckiest people who has ever stepped on a field when it comes to working with great young players, not just in terms of talent, but with the quality of young men they are. He feels fortunate as a coach to be surrounded by healthy kids in the prime of their lives working hard on a craft that they truly want to get better at and it is something he will never take for granted.