Former All-American Football Player, University Of Minnesota
Trainer - Minnesota
My passion for advancing the mission of Positive Coaching Alliance to change the culture of youth sports was first cultivated as an athlete myself. Having earned All-American honors in football at the University of Minnesota, my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL was cut short due to a career-ending shoulder injury. It was at that time I learned firsthand preparing to be a better person is more important than preparing to be a better athlete.
Although my professional career took me to San Francisco in the field of sales and marketing in the commercial furniture industry, my heart was still connected to the Twin Cities and the enhancement of youth sports. After raising four children in the Bay Area (Todd, Aaron, Allyson and Adam) I relocated to Minneapolis in 2016 to follow my son who joined the Gopher football team under coach Kill. Retirement from the commercial furniture industry has now given me the opportunity and time to promote the valuable principles of PCA in the Minnesota area.
Barry Mayer's love of sports and excelling at high levels began in Fargo, ND where he competed and lettered in football, basketball and track. He was a two-time MVP in football, MVP in basketball and led his track team to a state championship. He was elected into the inaugural North High School Hall of Fame in 1999. After high school, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota where he was a three-year letter winner in football and track. As a running back, he led the Gophers in rushing three years straight, setting many long-standing rushing yardage records. In 1969 as a junior he was selected to the All-Big Ten Second Team and drafted into the NFL by the Green Bay Packers.
Never allowing the intense schedule of football to detract from his studies, majoring in Aerospace Engineering he earned national recognition as a First Team Academic All-American. His love of athletics and participation in the athletic endeavors of his four children have been the prime motivators in Barry’s passion for PCA and its mission.