Bob Barrows* 2015


Orchard Park Central Schools 


Mr. Robert Barrows was one of the most successful high school baseball coaches New York State has ever seen.   Barrows spent 39 seasons at Orchard Park High School where he made the school’s varsity program into a perennial power each year.  

Bob compiled a 643-242 career record at Orchard Park and led the school to seven Section VI championships and one NYSPHSAA State title (1998) over a 39-year head coaching career.   In 2001, Barrows was inducted into the Bishop Timon Hall of Fame, Orchard Park Hall of Fame, and Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. Furthermore, the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame inducted him in 1998 and in 1993 he was voted as New York State Coach of the Year.

He earned several awards for his success in baseball including the Orchard Bee Sportsperson of the Year, the University of Buffalo Dick Offenhamer award, and the Channel  7 Coach of the Year. Orchard Park’s baseball field was also named Barrows Field in 1993. Beyond coaching, Bob was the long time Erie County Interscholastic Conference Baseball Chairman.  He also had a dedication and commitment to students in the classroom at Orchard Park where he was a social studies and reading teacher.

Following graduation from Bishop Timon High School, Bob continued a playing career at Canisius College where to this day he holds a school hitting record for highest average. He earned both his bachelors and graduate degrees from Canisius.

* Posthumously awarded