case 'Jesse Baker':
Rick Barnhart was born in Seattle in 1956 and graduated from
Burien's Highline High School in 1974. An outstanding pitcher for
three seasons at Highline, Barnhart continued his playing career
first at Green River College, then at the University of Puget Sound.
While at Green River, Barnhart caught the eye of Los Angeles
Dodgers scouts, and the Dodgers selected him in the draft. He
elected not to sign with LA, however, and that proved fortuitous for
the UPS baseball program. Barnhart earned All Nor-Pac honors at
Puget Sound, and in 1978 not only graduated but also was drafted by
the Cleveland Indians. He signed that year, and from 1979-81 pitched
in the Cleveland minor league system. He finished his competitive
baseball career with the Lakewood Royals.
Barnhart has since moved into the coaching ranks. He spent
two years at his college alma mater, then coached two more seasons
at Fort Steilacoom before taking the Bellarmine Prep head job, which
he still holds, in 1985. He has earned Narrows League Coach of the
Year honors at Bellarmine, where he is also a teacher.