Brian Barbato is in his eighth consecutive year – and ninth overall- on the UNH coaching staff. Barbato has been in charge of tight ends since returning to Durham in 2008. In 2014, Barbato’s understudy Harold Spears was tabbed to the College Sporting News Fabulous 50 FCS All-America Team, the Beyond Sports Network All-America First Team, The Sports Network All-America Second Team and the College Sports Madness All-America Second Team. The senior was also elected to the All-New England Team and the All-CAA First Team after establishing personal single-season highs in both receptions (56) and receiving yards (838). Spears previously earned a place on the All-CAA Third Team in 2012 and 2013.
In 2011, Barbato coached offensive tackles in addition to working with TEs.
Under his tutelage, Scott Sicko earned All-America accolades in both the ‘08 and ‘09 seasons, signing a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys following his senior campaign.
The Exeter, N.H., native coached the offensive line during his previous New Hampshire coaching term in 2004. Barbato, who graduated from UNH in ‘04, started 37 games during his playing career while seeing time at all five offensive line positions. He was named All-Atlantic 10 Second Team in 2003 and All-Atlantic 10 Third Team in 2002.
Barbato also coached outside linebackers and safeties at St. Lawrence University for two seasons (2006-07) and worked as an assistant coach at Exeter High School in 2005.