Varsity Coaches

Pat Wire – Varsity Head Coach

Patrick Wire, a teacher and former player sporting a long association with Barrington-area baseball, became head coach of the Barrington High School varsity baseball program beginning with the 2012-13 season. Wire teaches social studies at Barrington High School.  He has taught over 10 years in Barrington 220. He holds a master’s degree in teaching and leadership from Concordia University.

Wire has a storied connection to Barrington-area baseball, having played under legendary coach Kirby Smith on the 1995 State Champion American Legion Baseball Team and the 1996 third-place American Legion Baseball Team. Wire was Athlete of the Year at Cary-Grove High School in 1996 after lettering in three sports – baseball, basketball and football – during his four years there. He played football and baseball at the University of Wisconsin White-Water, Concordia University and at Beloit College,  

Wire's other accolades include: Two MVP, All-Conference, and All-Area Awards while at Cary-Grove High School in football and baseball.  Wire was also Pitcher of the Year at Cary-Grove in 1996, holds the Cary-Grove Baseball School record for stolen bases (41 of 42), and is a member of Cary-Grove Football's "Ring of Honor." In college, he earned All Mid-West Conference, Pitcher and Rookie of the Year Awards, and is still currently in the record books at Beloit.  As a pitcher, he is 4th all time in Beloit College history in a single season for ERA (2.36), and still holds the Beloit College school record for the lowest career Earned Run Average (2.64). 

Wire’s coaching pedigree is well-earned. He has assisted both the baseball and football programs at Barrington High School since 2001.  Pat is also the offensive coordinator for Barrington Football in the fall.

Patrick Wire currently resides in Crystal Lake and is married to his lovely wife, and Cary-Grove High School sweetheart, Leane. Pat has three daughters named Gabrielle, Bobbi, and Shaelyn and a son named Preston.

Tim Rife – Varsity Assistant Coach (Defense)

Coach Rife is a local product graduating from Barrington High School in 1974.  As a Bronco, he was awarded All-Conference honors in both football, serving as team Captain, and baseball.  From there he went on to earn his varsity letter in baseball at Murray State University in Kentucky, before graduating from SIU in Carbondale, Illinois.

Coach Rife recently retired after 36 years of teaching Social Studies and coaching, having started his career at Streamwood High School before returning to his alma mater in 1989.

A long-time Bronco football coach, he now coaches Boys Golf in addition to baseball.  Coach Rife has coached Freshman, Sophomore, Varsity and Summer League baseball for 26 years at Barrington.

Coach Rife earned recognition by the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) as the 2013 Assistant Coach of the Year for the State of Illinois.

He and his wife, Cathy, have five children:  Adam; Barrett (wife, Leslie, and sons, Jackson and James); Eric (wife, Brittany, and daughter, Raelyn); Clayton (wife, Erin and daughter, Addison); and daughter, Tessa.  Coach Rife resides in the McHenry / Crystal Lake area.

Nate Gray –  Varsity Assistant Coach (Hitting)

Nate Gray is a former Athlete of the Year at Johnson Creek High School, where he was an eleven-time letter winner in football, basketball, and baseball.  He received all-conference, and all area honors in all three sports and was an all-state performer in baseball. He played football and baseball at Beloit College and finished his collegiate career by playing baseball at Concordia University (River Forest). Nate has coached football, basketball, and baseball at the high school level in the state of Wisconsin, as well as, many youth teams in the Barrington Community over the last fifteen years.

Currently, Nate is the Barrington High School Varsity baseball hitting coach and is also the Head Coach for the Barrington American Legion baseball team. He is also an assistant coach for the Barrington High School Varsity football team working with the wide receivers.

Nate has been with FattFro/PBI for the last thirteen years, giving thousands of lessons and running hundreds of camps, and is dedicated to helping kids improve. Nate has two daughters, Kylie and Khloe.

Dan Pohlman – Varsity Assistant Coach (Pitching)

A Barrington High School class of 2000 alumnus, Dan lettered in both football and baseball.  He was placed on the varsity baseball team as a freshman by Coach Kirby Smith. Coach Smith recalls “The first time we put him on the mound (as a freshman), he almost threw a no-hitter!”  He was recruited to Northwestern University to play football and baseball for the Wildcats. After graduating in 2004, he played within the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system until 2008. Returning to his alma mater as a teacher with the High School’s Social Studies department.  Dan is an assistant baseball coach focusing on pitchers and catchers, and is currently working on his Master’s degree.  He also holds the rare distinction of earning 4 letters from varsity baseball (only 5 ball players have that honor).  In the off-season, he is an assistant football coach for BHS.