Tim Barth ’08 is back on campus this fall, serving as both an assistant coach for the men’s lacrosse team and also the CSTEP Counselor. If you’ve been back to visit Morrisville lately, you can tell a lot has changed. New buildings, additions, different majors, etc. one thing that hasn’t changed is the feeling of pride you get when you talk about being a Mustang. Welcome back, Tim!
This is your first fall with the MSC Men’s Lacrosse team, what’s it like being back?
I am very proud to be back on campus. This is the place where I gained my first experience in college both academically and athletically, and it feels good to give back to the school and lacrosse program that set got me to where I am today.
Can you describe your current position?
Currently I hold two positions on campus: I just accepted a new position on campus as a CSTEP Counselor, where I will be an academic advisor and outlet for all students in the CSTEP program. My other position is of course Assistant Lacrosse Coach/Recruiting Coach; on the field I work with the offense and more specifically the midfielders (because that was my position), off the field I look for and recruit incoming freshman and transfers students to continue to build our team for future seasons.
You were a student at Morrisville not so long ago. Did you come to MSC already knowing what career you wanted to pursue?
I absolutely wanted to study history in college, the problem is that the job market for history majors is almost non-existent. During one of the open houses I attended at Morrisville during my senior year of high school I met with Professor Mary Brown and followed her into her presentation on the TET Program (Teacher Education Transfer). Her presentation showed me that I could study history, work with students and still be able to coach lacrosse. I was sold, I wanted to do that trifecta: Teach/work with students, express my passion for history and be able to be involved with lacrosse.
How did your time at MSC prepare you for your career and did some of your experiences influence your current interests?
What was great about the TET program at Morrisville is it provided me with the opportunity to participate in several observations of teachers in the Morrisville-Eaton Central School District. Right from my freshman year I was able to observe and even teach my own lesson plans. This gave me more confidence and an advantage over other students when it came time to student-teach during my senior year in college.
What's been the biggest surprise or shock about post-college life?
I tell my players this all the time but it is so true: YOU HAVE NO TIME ONCE YOU BEGIN YOUR CAREER. Looking back on college, even with team lifts, team runs, practices, chalk talks, going to class, studying, writing papers, etc. I still had so much free time which I sorely miss, but I wouldn’t have it any other way as long as I still get to work with students and Coach Lacrosse I will always have a smile on my face.
What are you hobbies?
I really enjoy still being able to play lacrosse, fishing, hunting, hiking, going for runs and going to the gym.
What’s your favorite Morrisville memory?
I have far too many memories to list and many of them I promised we would never speak of again. For now they will stay locked away until next alumni weekend when I meet back of with my buddies and we try to embarrass each other.
What’s your personal anthem? (A song that pumps you up, defines your life, etc.)
A song that really pumps me up, especially before a game, would be Rage Against the Machine “Bulls on Parade.” On the other hand a song that pumps me up and somewhat personifies my outlook on life would be “Peace of Mind” by Boston. I take the on the role and pride myself on being a life-long student; I want to continue to learn and be educated on a little bit of everything and I really want to have peace of mind…
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?