Fayetteville, Ark. – A link to the state and school’s history was needed on the newly formed University of Arkansas football staff, both were found on Tuesday when head coach Bret Bielema hired Barry Lunney Jr. as the team’s tight ends coach.
Lunney Jr. is an in-state product from Fort Smith having played for the Razorbacks from 1992-1995. As the starting quarterback for the Hogs, Lunney helped transition the team from Southwest Conference member to SEC contender.
During his true freshman season the Hogs beat No. 4 Tennessee on last second field goal in Knoxville shocking college football. By his senior season in 1995, Arkansas won the SEC West contending for a SEC Championship playing Florida in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
By the time his playing career was over Lunney held the school records for career passing yards with 5,782 and touchdown passes with 33.
For the last eight years Lunney has served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Bentonville High School in Arkansas. Under his guidance Bentonville has won two state championships in the state’s top classification.
Prior to coaching on the high school level Lunney served as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at San Jose State under Fitz Hill, an Arkansas assistant coach from 1992-2000, and as an assistant at the University of Tulsa.