Brian Barbato is in his seventh consecutive year –and eighth overall- on the UNH coaching staff in 2014. Barbato has been in charge of tight ends since returning to Durham in 2008.
Barbato's understudy Harold Spears took a major step forward in 2012. The sophomore, who earned a place on the All-CAA Third Team, played in 11 games and racked up 20 receptions for 305 yards and four touchdowns. Spears was tabbed the CFPA National Tight End Performer of the Week after making six catches for 94 yards and a TD at Georgia State (Oct. 6) in the 100th career coaching victory for head coach Sean McDonnell. Spears was the CFPA TE Performer of the Week Honorable Mention for his three-catch, 107-yard, two-TD performance in the Oct. 20 win at Maine to keep the Brice-Cowell Musket in the Wildcats' possession for another season.
In 2011, Barbato coached offensive tackles in addition to working with TEs.
Under his tutelage, Scott Sicko earned All-America accolades in both the ‘08 and ‘09 seasons, signing a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys following his senior campaign.
The Exeter, N.H., native coached the offensive line during his previous New Hampshire coaching term in 2004. Barbato, who graduated from UNH in ‘04, started 37 games during his playing career while seeing time at all five offensive line positions. He was named All-Atlantic 10 Second Team in 2003 and All-Atlantic 10 Third Team in 2002.
Barbato also coached outside linebackers and safeties at St. Lawrence University for two seasons (2006-07) and worked as an assistant coach at Exeter High School in 2005.