Barbier honored as Exchange Bank Demon Great of the Game

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The list of accolades Bobby Barbier has been awarded as a Northwestern State Demon grew by one Saturday night.

Barbier was honored as the Exchange Bank Demon Great of the Game during the first quarter of the Demons’ 42-28 loss to Sam Houston State.

A former Academic All-American and All-Southland Conference first baseman, Barbier made more school history during his second season as the baseball coach at his alma mater. Barbier took the 2018 Northwestern State baseball team from a projected 11th-place conference finish to its first Southland Conference Tournament championship and its first NCAA Regional appearance in 13 years.

The Demons’ success led to Barbier being named the Clay Gould Southland Conference Coach of the Year, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Louisiana Coach of the Year and the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Central Region Coach of the Year.

As a player, Barbier was part of Northwestern State’s 2005 Southland Conference championship team and left as the program’s leader in hit by pitches. Barbier still holds school top-10 career marks in at-bats, RBIs, runs scored and hit by pitches.

A Demon Great of the Game is spotlighted at each home football game. In its first five-plus seasons, the Great of the Game presented by Exchange Bank and Trust has honored 27 outstanding figures in the 110-year history of NSU athletics.

Exchange Bank and Trust has been a key supporter of NSU Athletics throughout its long history as the oldest financial institution in Louisiana.