Coach Barnard is entering his 7th season at Stillwater High School.
The 2015 Pioneers finished 5-6 and finished in the first round of the Class 6A-II
Oklahoma State Playoffs.
The 2014 Pioneers saw much success finishing 7-4 and qualifying for the state
playoffs once again, led by a strong senior class including college signees TB/LB
Cameron Mayberry (Colorado School of Mines), WR/DB Brandon Prather (NEO),
OL/DL Noah Jackson (NEO), LB CJ Citizen (Wayland Baptist), DL Dayton
Campbell (Texas College), and OL/DL Cyntrell Carden (NEO). 2014 was not
without complications; Sr. Quarterback Braxton Noble sustained a season-ending
injury on the last play of the first half Week 2 at Mustang. Marlon McDonald III
took over the QB duties and Stillwater was able to still beat the Broncos on the
road. A week 1 victory over Deer Creek followed by wins at Mustang and vs.
Edmond North and U.S. Grant had the Pioneers 4-0 and looking poised for a
storybook season. Noble's 3rd season ending injury of his high school career
could have completely derailed the Pioneers again, but the play of all those
seniors already mentioned along with the likes of WR/DB Isaiah Johnson, LB
Logan Anderson, OL/DL DJ Peckham, FB/TE Will Fowler, DL Tim Swinford, DB
Romiki Dorris, LB Henry Moon, RB Ty Smith, DL Drew Hamilton, and WR Roy
Anderson weren't going to allow that. It's exciting to think what might have been if
seniors Brooks Zimmerman, Braxton Noble, and Kaden Secrest hadn't been
sidelined with injuries. But the Pioneers didn't make excuses then and they won't
now either. Stillwater was the Conference Champion of the newly formed Central
Oklahoma Athletic Conference (COAC) which includes Mustang, Yukon, and Deer
Creek, and all of the Edmond, Norman, and Moore schools and showed once
again the Pioneers are a program to contend with.
2011-2013 was a bit of a roller coaster ride for Barnard and the Pioneers. After
finishing 8-3 and qualifying for the playoffs in his first season at the helm all the
while destroying the offensive record books, Stillwater struggled with injuries for
the next 2 seasons losing quarterback Braxton Noble both years to injury. The
young Pioneers never gave up and rallied late in 2013 behind the play of QB Jon
Littel (OSU baseball signee, and younger brother of Jerame). The Pioneers only
managed 2 and 3 wins those years, but the leadership lessons were great for
everyone in the program. The Pioneers' mantra is T3RE which stands for
Toughness, Trust, Teamwork, Relationships, and Excellence. The players are
learning that these core values put to work WILL create success for them to
Before his time in Stillwater, Coach Barnard spent the past 7 years at Shiloh
Christian High School in Springdale, Arkansas. He was hired at Shiloh in May of
2004 as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. After one year in that
capacity Coach Barnard was named defensive coordinator. While 2004 and 2005
saw Shiloh fall in the state quarter-finals, the Saints made five straight Arkansas
state championship game appearances from 2006-2010, winning titles in '06, '08,
'09 and 2010. The Saints' offenses and defenses were dominant during this run of
title appearances; beating their opponents by an average of 44-16 and setting
numerous state records in many categories. In 2009 Shiloh finished the season
ranked #23 in the country by USAToday and was ranked in the top 25 in the U.S.
by many publications in the 2010 preseason rankings. During Barnard's tenure
Shiloh accumulated a record of 74-13, losing a total of only 5 games over the last
Coach Barnard is a 1998 graduate of Oklahoma State University where he earned
a B.S. degree in Biology. Upon graduation he began his coaching and teaching
career at Woodland High School in his hometown of Fairfax where he coached for
2 years. In 2000 Barnard moved to Arkansas Baptist High School in Little Rock
where he served as offensive coordinator for the football team as well as assisting
in basketball and baseball. After only one year at Arkansas Baptist; Barnard was
promoted to Head Football Coach where he led the football team to an improved
record each of the next 3 years finishing 7-3 his final season at the helm.
Tucker was married in Dec. 1997 to his wife Mckale. They have three incredible
boys Carter (14), Tate (7), and Charlie (6).