BHS Baseball History

Coach Kirby Smith Field, Home of the Broncos

The earliest records of Barrington High School Baseball begin in 1953 with Jack Kinder as the head coach. The 1953 squad had a 7-3 conference record. In 1954, Bob Madding led the squad to a 2-3 conference record. Coach Madding was the high school athletic director and coached basketball for many years.

Bob Murphy coached from 1955-1957 maintaining a 10-18-1 conference record. Dave Gehler led the squad in 1958 with a 12-8 record. Then Bill Graham, who became the head football coach, led the program from 1959-1964. The record was 57-58-1 during that time. Then Don Bock who played at the University of Iowa in college with Coach Kirby Smith had a three year tenure from 1965-1967 with a record of 37-27-1. Many of Coach Bock’s players describe him as an excellent coach with a focus on fundamentals.

Next, Coach Joe Plaskas, who pitched at Northern Illinois University, and who also coached football at Barrington, took over the helm from 1969-1976, compiling a 182-83-1 record. Many of Coach Joe Plaskas’ players describe him as a very hard-nosed coach who believed in discipline. Coach Plaskas’ teams won three conference championships, 4 district titles and 2 Regional Championships.

In 1977, Coach Kirby Smith who played 1st base at the University of Iowa for Coach Otto Vogel, and in the army, and who also was an all-area selection at New Trier High School took over the Varsity Squad after coaching at the sophomore level for 11 years (201 wins). Coach Smith began coaching the Legion team in 1968. Coach Smith who also coached Freshman B football (104-24) and sophomore basketball (115-64). Kirby’s baseball teams began a tenure of excellence for 22 consecutive seasons. Coach Smith compiled a 539-196-7 Varsity record over 22 seasons. He garnered 1 state Championship (1986), two state runner up (1987-1988), a third place finish in his last year of 1998 and a fourth place finish in 1980. His teams also had won 6 sectionals, 9 regionals and 15 MSL north or MSL Championships. His 1978 squad remains the only team to ever be undefeated in MSL conference play with a 19-0 record.

Kirby’s Legion teams won 875 games from 1968-1998 (875-423) including seven state titles and coming in 3rd in the country in 1978. Fourteen (14) district, 9 division and 1 Great Lakes Regional Titles were achieved. Over 100 of his players have gone on to play college baseball, of whom 16 played at various levels of professional baseball, including MLB All Star and Seattle Mariners’ Hall of Famer Dan Wilson (Class of 1987), John Trautwein (Class of 1980 – Boston Red Sox), and David Trautwein (Class of 1984 – New York Mets 40 Man Roster). Kirby is especially proud of the fact that during his coaching career, he and his teams built the current freshman and sophomore fields and re-built the varsity field.

Kirby’s retirement in 1998 began the 14 year tenure of Coach Jim Hawrysko from 1999-2012. Jim is a Prosser HS (Chicago) graduate where he played for Coach Les Callas. He coached at Northeastern University, Illinois before coming to Barrington High School. Jim compiled a 284-224 record including 2 MSL Titles, 5 Regional, 2 Sectional 1 Super Sectional Titles and third place finish in 2005 that still holds the record with the number of school wins - 35. Coach Hawrysko has had many players who played Collegiate baseball.

Many assistant coaches, staff and others have epitomized the Barrington Baseball program’s commitment to excellence including: under Coach Smith's tenure: David Engle, Jim Larson, Tim Rife, Tom Moony, Emil Rode, Jim Hicks, Rick Bremer, Jimmy Walsh, Eric Porter, Rob Holton, groundskeeper-Kermit Smiddy, Gene Dawson, Mike Gordon, Jack Knobloch, Bob Carpenter, Scott McKeever, Elliott Skorupa, groundskeeper-Steve Jenne, Al Kamradt, Eric Porter, Doug Schertz, Bob Lawler, Chuck Thorp, Scott Juhl, Mike Kallenbach, Joe Kelsch-dugouts, Chuck Dunn-dugouts and Bill Bajorat. Under Coach Hawrysko's tenure: Ray Piagentini, Les Callas, Tim Rife, Pat Wire, Eric Kuffel and Kevin Wisniewski.

It would be inappropriate not to recognize the original Barrington High School Baseball Committee that was created in 1990 to raise funds to improve the high school baseball fields. The Committee raised funds to erect our current bleachers for the 1990 American Legion State Championship hosted in Barrington. It raised over $150,000 to install the Press Box, PA System, concession stand, underground sprinkler system, and the current Varsity Scoreboard. Founding Committee Members were Bill Holke (BHS-1971), Bill Raymond, Glenn Reed (BHS-1971), Chairperson Denny Coll, and Steve Welch. Other members were Bob Eckl (BHS-1984), Jim Franzese, Bud Pohlman (BHS-1967), Stan Wilson (Dan’s Dad), Kathy Boka, Blaine and Regina Schmalz, Leroy and Kathy Smith, Kathy and John Alley, Fritz Gohl, Marc Brignola, Joe Oliva, George Allendorf, Jim McQueen, Joe Armetta, Dan Boka, Karen Jensen, and Paul Tichy (BHS-1980).

Coach Pat Wire became our head Coach in 2013 and becomes only the 4th head Coach in the past 45 years and the 10th Varsity head coach in the history of the BHS baseball program. Coach Wire also played for the 1995 Barrington American Legion State Championship Team coached by Coach Smith. We wish him the very best this season.

Go Broncos!!

REVISED: October 23, 2015