Worley Barker has been one of the most successful head coaches in the Southwestern Athletic Conference during the past several seasons and has elevated himself as one of the most decorated head coaches in the history of the program.
Barker led the Lady Tigers to SWAC Tournament Championships in 2014 and 2015 winning back-to-back titles for the first time in school history. TSU went on to make its first NCAA Tournament Appearance in 2014 where they played in the Louisiana-Lafayette Regional.
During the 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons TSU won the SWAC’s Western Division titles and also featured the leagues’ Player of the Year in Thomasina Garza (2013).
In 2013 TSU swept all conference opponents during the regular season. For his teams outstanding play Barker was selected as the SWAC Coach of the Year.
Barker produced one of his best team at TSU in 2010 as the Tigers won the SWAC West Division for the first time since 2000. Texas Southern went 21-20 overall, 13-4 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in 2010, marking the first time in 10 years TSU had won 20 games.
In his first season with TSU, Barker’s team went 14-10 in the conference to finish second in the SWAC West Division. In his second season, the Tigers finished in third place in the SWAC West Division, which earned TSU its second consecutive trip to the conference tournament. The Tigers went 1-2 in the 2006 league tournament.
Barker is no stranger to competitive fastpitch softball or to success. He is originally from Lake Charles, La., but was raised in Houston. Barker graduated from M.B. Smiley High School in 1982, where he played football and baseball.
Barker’s baseball career continued beyond high school with an athletic and academic scholarship to Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. He graduated with honors with a BBA degree in Business Administration in 1986. Barker later earned his MBA degree in finance from Prairie View A&M University in 1989.
Through his high school and college career, Barker received several honors and awards such as being named to various all-district, all-conference, and all-tournament teams. Additionally, he received numerous all-academic awards.
Barker brings a positive can-do attitude to the Lady Tigers program. He came to Texas Southern with several years of coaching experience as well as many years of working with young athletes during camps, clinics and individual lessons.
Barker has two daughters, Brittany and Allyson.