This administrative leave is certainly preferable to a 15-month suspension which had been previously reported. A 15-month suspension would have effectively ended his tenure at Goodrich, since it would cover two seasons instead of just one. Whether you call it a leave or a suspension, Gary Barns will not be on the bench at Goodrich this season.
From George Hamo, legal counsel for Goodrich Coach Gary Barnes:To Gary’s supporters (of which I am one): I wanted on behalf of Coach Barns to provide you with the correct information. Gary was not around alot during the summer of 2011 because of the serious medical issues and needs with his son David. As the head coach, he acknowledged responsibility for his staff’s actions during that time, and has been placed on administrative leave for this season only….He WILL return as head coach next season. He would not have been able to coach this year due to David’s medical issues any way. The school district is recommending to the MHSAA that he return as head coach effective June 1, 2013. The MHSAA will weigh in on the date of the return next week. It will be either June 1, 2013, Aug 1, 2013, or mid Oct, 2013.Because of a couple disgruntled parents’ complaints, he did acknowledge that sometimes he used profanity. That had NOTHING to do with the MHSAA at all. NOTHING. He is a stand up guy, and as the head coach takes responsiblity for the actions of his staff. He’s looking forward to returning next season, but right now his thoughts are appropriately with his son and family. From Coach and his entire family, he can’t thank you enough for your continued support. Your love and support have been tremendous, and has touched Coach and his family deeply.All of you know how much Coach loves Goodrich schools, the Goodrich community, the players, and the boys basketball program. It’s time to turn the page and move forward. Coach has done that, and wants all of you to do so as well.