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Lunney hired by Hogs

Former Arkansas quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. is coming back to his alma mater to be the Razorbacks’ tight ends coach, the UA announced Tuesday.

Former Arkansas quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. led the Hogs to the 1995 SEC Championship Game.

Lunney, who guided the Hogs to the 1995 SEC Championship Game, returns to the UA from Bentonville High School, where he was the offensive coordinator on his father’s staff.

“In the world of college football there have been numerous examples of high school coaches joining a college coaching staff and making an immediate impact,” Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said in a press release. “Barry has experienced success through his seven years as a college coach and at the highest levels in high school. He understands the demands of being a college coach, and the championship teams he helped lead at Bentonville High School routinely produced one of the state’s top offenses.”

Lunney started out in the college ranks as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1998 and 1999. He went on to a three-year stint Tulsa as quarterbacks coach and, for his final season, wide receivers coach. Lunney then headed to San Jose State, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for two seasons.

Lunney played for his dad at Fort Smith Southside, and he lettered at the UA from 1992-1995. He is the only native Arkansan and first former Hog to be added to Bielema’s coaching staff. Lunney was not available for comment Tuesday, but he will address the media Wednesday morning during a 10 a.m. Central teleconference.

Bielema noted that Lunney started attending Arkansas games “at a very early age and generations of his family have been a part of building the tradition at Arkansas.”

“He was a captain who led this program to its first SEC Western Division title and he will be a tremendous bridge to fill the gap between this coaching staff and all of our former letterwinners, high school coaches in Arkansas and the entire state,” Bielema said.

Lunney has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Bentonville since 2005, helping the Tigers play in four state championship games and win state titles in 2008 and 2010. The Tigers won six straight 7A-West conference titles from 2007-2012 and have played in the past three state title games.

Bielema appears to still have one more coaching hire to make. Sources told Hawgs247 earlier Tuesday that wide receivers coach George McDonald had stepped down to become offensive coordinator at Syracuse. However, as of 6:30 p.m. Central, no official announcement had been made by the UA.

The Lunney File

Hometown: Fort Smith

Birthdate: Sept. 11, 1974

Family: Wife, Janelle; Sons, Luke and Levi


Jan. 2013 Arkansas (Tight Ends)
2005-12 Bentonville High School (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
2003-04 San Jose State (co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
2002 Tulsa (Wide Receivers)
2000-01 Tulsa (Quarterbacks)
1998-99 Arkansas (Graduate Assistant-Offense)

Bowl Games: Cotton Bowl, 2000; Florida Citrus Bowl, 1999

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