Portland State soccer coach Bruce Barnum looks like the kind of man you need to sit down with to devour a bowl of chili and a number of other draft beers. Earlier than this week, ‘Barney,’ as his gamers name him, has quietly gone about his teaching enterprise out on the West coast the place he’s been the top man at PSU since 2015 when he beat Washington State in his first recreation and was rewarded with a five-year contract.
“I actually love this job,” Barnum once told a reporter.
And now the 57-year-old coach who seems like he can work his method by way of regardless of the bar is serving on draft, is providing followers the prospect to return have a beer whereas he coaches the Vikings towards Western Oregon this Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.
Bruce is so jacked up for this yr’s workforce that he’s providing to purchase a beer for followers who present as much as this week’s recreation. Come have a beer and watch Bruce’s workforce. A easy supply.
“I’ve acquired to get folks to see my children,” Barnum told John Canzano of The Oregonian. “I like my workforce.”
And so the man who as soon as gave $15,000 in performance bonuses he’d earned to his assistant coaches is able to give again once more.
“I’ve acquired a deal for you,” Barnum advised Canzano, “anyone who heard me in your present… simply say ‘I heard Barney on the BFT’ on the Barney Beer Backyard and I’ll purchase your beer.
“I’m not shopping for your ticket, however I’ll purchase your beer.”
After two street losses to Hawaii and Washington State, Barnum is able to get the house schedule fired up. Barnum is aware of he’s in a combat for his life with a program that has performed only one recreation — a 48-7 loss to Montana in April — since 2019 after canceling its 2020 season.
In 2019, this system had a median attendance of 4,000 per recreation whereas enjoying in a Massive Sky convention the place Montana averages 23,000 followers per recreation. There have been calls to just fold this system.
However Bruce Barnum isn’t taking place with out a combat, and a beer supply you can ensure some will take him up on this Saturday at 2 p.m. vs. Western Oregon.