>>>2009 ITA Division II National Men's Coach of the Year
>>>2009 ITA Southeast Region Men's Coach of the Year
>>>2003 ITA Mid-Atlantic Region Women's Coach of the Year
>>>2009, 2005 PBC Men's Coach of the Year
>>>2003 PBC Women's Coach of the Year
The 2009 ITA Division II Men's Tennis Coach of the Year, Steve Barsby is in his 18th year as the head coach of the Georgia College men's and women's tennis programs, the current longest tenured coach in the Bobcat Athletic Department. The tennis guru picked up his 500th career win during the 2016 season in beating Young Harris March 12.
The 2009 season was one of the top years for Barsby as a men's coach, taking the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Men's Coach of the Year as well, leading his squad to an 18-4 overall record with a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play for the first PBC Men's Tennis Championship in school history. A major highlight of the season came when Georgia College defeated then-No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic during the regular season 5-4.
2016 was another strong season for both programs, the men finished No. 11 in the nation, going 15-9 overall and making the NCAA Tournament for the 10th straight season. The women took No. 17 in the nation. They added a 20-9 overall record, as the women's team played in their 22nd straight NCAA Tournament.
Barsby's teams battled through injury and adversity during the 2017 season to finish where they always have - with NCAA Tournament bids. The Bobcat Men went 11-12 with a notable win over then-No. 6 Columbus State University. The GC Women finished 12-11 with a mid-season five-match win streak propelling them into the NCAA Regionals for the 23rd season in a row.
Barsby was named the PBC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year in 2005 after coaching the Bobcats to an 18-7 overall record, 6-2 mark in the PBC, and their second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
He was named the ITA Southeast Region and PBC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year in 2003 after guiding the Bobcat women's tennis team to one of the greatest seasons in school history. The Bobcat women won their first outright, and fourth overall, PBC Regular Season Championship, as well as the PBC Tournament Championship. Georgia College advanced all the way to the semifinals of the national championship tournament and finished with a No. 4 national ranking.
Barsby is 288-174 all-time coaching women, including a 273-153 mark at Georgia College. He's also 256-179 as a men's coach overall, with a 234-157 Georgia College history. Barsby has coached 24 Bobcats to All-America status, the most recent coming in 2016, when Yannick Hass won his second-straight in singles and his first in doubles, pairing with Christian Graff.
Barsby came to Georgia College from Brock University in Ontario, Canada, where he taught sports management. Prior to that he was the head coach at Troy State University in Alabama from 1995-97 where he guided the Trojan men's team to the conference championship in 1997. He was also honored as the Conference Coach of the Year following the 1997 season.
He earned his undergraduate and Masters degrees in Physical Education from Troy State in 1995 and 1997, respectively. He was a four-year tennis player for the Trojans, earning All-Conference honors once, as well as the Freshman of the Year Award.
He and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of son Ryan (15) and daughter Riley (12). They live in Milledgeville.