Franco Bari Hired as New CSS Athletic Director

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Created: August 13, 2019 01:53 PM

Duluth, Minn. - The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) announced that Franco Bari is the new Director of Athletics. 


The week of August 19th marked Bari's first week on the job. WDIO caught up with him on Turesday. Click on the video box for more. 

Bari replaces Brian Jamros, who announced his resignation back in April after spending the last two years at the school.

"I would first like to thank Steve Lyons, the search committee and the CSS community for their hospitality, confidence in my abilities and their welcoming support," said Bari in a press release. "I am truly honored to join the CSS athletics family and look forward to embracing The College of St. Scholastica values. I am also excited to work with the outstanding student-athletes, coaches, staff and faculty as we build upon the deeply rooted tradition and success of the Saints athletic programs. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to Bob Durocher, the St. Lawrence University athletics staff and SLU community for providing an extremely memorable experience. I am grateful for the opportunities my alma mater had provided me as a student-athlete, a coach and an administrator as I now turn my focus on working with CSS athletics and collaboratively create a shared vision for the future of the department."

Bari has been at his alma mater of St. Lawrence University (N.Y.) since 2008 where he was an Assistant Director of Athletics since 2012. For the Saints of St. Lawrence, Bari was responsible for sport oversight, game management, staffing, scheduling and generating revenue, as well as, other administrative duties. He was also a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and supervised and managed over 15 Athletic Facilities. He had direct oversight of game management for St. Lawrence's Division I Men's and Women's Hockey programs.

Additional duties included being the Coordinator of the Student-Athlete Development Program and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as well as, being the founding member of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Wellness & Performance Program for student-athletes and the Director of the Summer Sports Schools at St. Lawrence.

Bari also has over 19 years of head coaching experience, including 10 years as St. Lawrence's Head Women's Soccer Coach until the conclusion of the 2017 season. Over the course of 10 seasons, Bari recorded 100 victories and led the Saints to the 2015 NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1989. He left the program with the best winning percentage in program history (.645), while developing over 100 Liberty League All-Academic selections along with over 50 All-Conference and 17 All-Region honorees. In 2014 and 2015, the team was awarded the NSCAA "Team Ethics Award" for their outstanding sportsmanship.

Prior to St. Lawrence, Bari was the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Greensboro College (N.C.) for two seasons after spending five seasons as the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Elmira College (N.Y.). While at Elmira, Bari was named the school's Athletic Administrator of the Year in 2005. He also served as an Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Arizona State University for two seasons at the turn of the century.

"Franco (Bari) is an experienced administrator and leader who brings to CSS a true alignment with our Benedictine Tradition, our Athletic Tradition, and our deep commitment to student-athlete success in and out of the classroom and their sport," said Vice President of Student Affairs Steve Lyons in a press release. "We are excited to have him lead our Athletic department. I would like to thank Athletic Staffing and Consultants for their outstanding assistance in our hiring process. Saints Athletics is in great hands!" As St. Scholastica's Director of Athletics Bari will lead a comprehensive NCAA Division III men's and women's intercollegiate athletic program that includes 22 varsity sports. He will shape and implement the strategic focus of the department to achieve College goals, demonstrating a strong commitment to the College's mission and values. The department is coming off its 10th consecutive Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Jerome Kruse All-Sport Trophy.

"While it is imperative to invest in the student-athlete experience by providing opportunities and resources to establish success in sport, in the classroom and beyond, I am excited to work with our staff as we continue to create an attractive championship environment with integrity and class," said Bari.

Bari earned his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership in 2010 from St. Lawrence and his Bachelor's Degree in Government in 1998 also from St. Lawrence.

As a men's soccer student-athlete for St. Lawrence, Bari was named the Empire Athletic Association Rookie of the Year in 1994, a conference Player of the Year in 1997, a four-time NSCAA All-Region choice and a 1997 NSCAA All-American. After his collegiate playing days, Bari played professionally for three years.

Bari grew up in Rochester, N.Y. where he attended McQuaid Jesuit High School and was inducted into their athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

Bari is married to Mare MacDougall Bari, who is currently an assistant coach on the St. Lawrence Women's Hockey staff.

(Contributions from Jesse Robinson, CSS Director of Athletics Communications.)


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