Rogers High School basketball coach and social studies teacher Marty Barnes announced Monday his plans to retire at the end of the school year.
As an educator for 40 years, Barnes has coached boys' basketball at Rogers High School for the past eight years. This season, he surpassed more than 600 wins in his career. His coaching career has also included 16 state tournament appearances, resulting in a state championship in 1985 at Russellville High School and state runner-up at Rogers High School in 2009.
Besides coaching at the high school level, Barnes also coached 12 years at the college level as head coach at Arkansas Tech University, where he accumulated four conference championships, two regional championships and two national tournament appearances, going to the Final Four and the Elite Eight.
"Coach Barnes is an excellent teacher and has done a wonderful job of coaching the Mounties," said district superintendent Jane Darr. "Mountie basketball is what it is because of Coach Barnes. We will miss him but do wish him the best in his future endeavors."