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Barry Lunney

A Ft. Smith native, Barry first coached at Vian, OK before landing a job at Greenwood.  He next coached at Ft. Smith Southside, and became a head coach for the first time at Beebe in 1987.  Within 2 years, he was hired as head coach back at Ft. Smith Southside.  Overall, Lunney ended up going 136-50-1 at Southside, in one of the state’s toughest divisions.  Bentonville hired Lunney in 2005, and Barry coached that team to a 97-25 record and a state championship, beating rival Fayetteville 24-10.  He is 9th in total victories (248-90-1) and has 17 conference championships 8 state championships.