Get to Know Terry Barney '73, Anatomy & Physiology, Online Elective

When Terry Barney ‘73 graduated from DeSales, he didn’t foresee that he would be back on campus 13 years later for a career that has already spanned 34 years. As a long-tenured employee, Mr. Barney has been involved in coaching athletics (bowling, tennis, track, and football), admissions, discipline, and teaching. Since 2016, Mr. Barney has been back in the classroom teaching health and gym. With his involvement, Mr. Barney is the epitome of a DeSales man and was inducted into the DeSales Hall of Honors in 2015.

Fun Facts About Mr. Barney

Why did you choose to work at DeSales? 

I choose to work at DeSales because the teachers had so many positive influences on me as a student for four years.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?  

I love classroom teaching, I loved recruiting (especially when I was a younger man), and I loved coaching. Now I am back to loving teaching in the classroom.

What do you think has been the most positive change/impact since your time at DeSales, and why? 

The quality, skills, and support of faculty and leadership teams have brought in many high-caliber students.

Why should alumni and friends support DeSales? 

We are a Catholic school like no other and yet like all others. We all need support in order to prosper.

What have you learned from students?  

I have learned that many times, students are very wise as to the real world and have great ideas on how to improve. Yet, many times, they are just great teenagers. 

What is your proudest moment at DeSales? 

My proudest moment was being inducted into the Hall of Honors.

What is your motto or personal mantra?  

You and I become what we think about the most! 

What is your biggest achievement to date - personal or professional? 

Personally, I’ve got two great kids and a wife that says she loves me :) 

Professionally, I’ve managed to stay connected to the changing needs of our students and how they view the world. (Well, most of the time.) 

What is your hidden talent?  

I can get a golf ball out of the cup without bending my knees.

What would others be surprised to find out about you? 

I can still do at least four one-arm push-ups.

How do you spend your summer breaks? 

We head to the beach when we can. I also do a lot of yard work.


If you could take the students on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you take them? Grand Canyon, Colorado Springs, Alaska 

How do you think the students will remember you and your class?

I want to be remembered as a teacher who wanted each student to learn everything I taught and that I was a teacher who did his best to make learning fun. My daily motto in class is, “let’s play school.”


What were you like as a student? 

I was extremely active and loved DeSales.

How do you show school spirit?

I do my best to come up with new cheers and ways to show the students how great DeSales can be. If you want it to be great, make it great!