In athletics and sales, Barnhart cleans up

By on February 13, 2014

After helping to lead the Warrior boys basketball team to the L-L finals more han two decades ago, 1990 Warwick Scott Barnhart is coaching youth basketball in addition to working at Hillyard as a distributor sales manager. Photo by Bruce Morgan

After helping to lead the Warrior boys basketball team to the L-L finals more han two decades ago, 1990 Warwick Scott Barnhart is coaching youth basketball in addition to working at Hillyard as a distributor sales manager. Photo by Bruce Morgan

Even today, Scott Barnhart still chuckles about the deal that he made with friend and teammate Barry Greenawalt during the 1989-90 school year at Warwick.

Greenawalt agreed to play football that fall if Barnhart promised to play basketball during the winter.

The one thing that they didn’t factor, however, was that both of them ended up being selected to the Lancaster County War of the Roses All-Star football team, which played the York White Roses on Thanksgiving Day.

“Of course, basketball season was starting, so it delayed our basketball season like two weeks and that drove coach (Dave) Althouse nuts because he couldn’t get his hands on us to start practicing,” Barnhart laughed. “I wasn’t on Coach’s good side coming into the league, for sure, when Barry was their star player.”

In the end, it all worked out.

Barnhart, who didn’t play hoops as a junior, took over as a starting guard and helped to lead the Warriors to a 24-win season. Despite being an undersized squad in their first year in Section One, the Warwick boys followed Althouse’s defensive-oriented, team-first philosophy all the way to the Lancaster-Lebanon League finals, where they suffered a 52-50 loss to Columbia on a buzzer-beater by Will Patton.

“We didn’t have a guy over 6-2, 6-3,” Barnhart recalled. “It was coach Althouse’s point that we weren’t the biggest team in the league and everybody picked us last in Section One. We ended up winning the Section and we lost only one game in the league against CV (69-67). So we were beating teams that nobody thought we could beat and with guys that weren’t very tall.”

More than two decades later, that 1989-90 team, for which Barnhart averaged 8.6 points a game, is still the last Warwick squad that has played in the L-L finals.

These days, Barnhart is still around gym floors. He is a distributor sales manager for Hillyard, a manufacturer of cleaning supplies and chemicals. Hillyard is affiliated with leading green organizations and deals with any kind of cleaning, helping customers achieve clean, healthy buildings. But the Hillyard name has become synonymous with sports floor care expertise.

“Hillyard developed the first gym floor finishes in the early 1900’s. We work with a lot of schools, colleges and even professional teams,” said Barnhart, who lives in Lititz with his wife Heather and their three children, Raygan, 15, Paytan, 12, and Cooper, 7.

When he isn’t driving his rounds with Hillyard, Barnhart is coaching the Warwick sixth-grade girls travel basketball team on the finer points of driving the lane. In fact, his girls squad has qualified for the playoffs, which will get underway this week.

Paytan, a seventh-grader who recently finished her season with the Warwick girls eighth-grade junior high team, played under the tutelage of her father last year. Certainly, the Barnharts are a busy family, with Raygan playing travel soccer and Cooper just getting into sports, including Warwick Little League baseball, where Scott volunteers when his schedule permits.

Of course, his own schedule when he was a teenager at Warwick High School saw him starring at the quarterback position for the Warriors football team, in addition to dishing out assists and knocking down jumpers for the Althouse-led basketball teams.

A three-year starter under center for Warwick, Barnhart helped the Warriors bounce back from an 0-10 season in 1988 in coach Garry Fuhrman’s final year at the helm to go 5-5 in 1989 under Shawn Westerlund.

“Our junior year, we were terrible. My senior year, we were .500 and we had a lot of talented senior, but of course we all thought we should have done better,” Barnhart said recalling his football days. “We had two coaches in three years. Some good stuff, some bad stuff, but I learned a lot from it. That was my goal, to get back into coaching at some point, whether it was football or basketball. I really enjoy teaching kids team concepts and discipline that hopefully they can apply to anything in life.”

As a senior, Barnhart was 115-of-241 for 1,546 yards and 17 TD’s through the air while leading the L-L League’s top passing offense. The Warriors were 2-4 through their first six games, then went 3-1 over the final month with wins over Lancaster Catholic (21-7), Solanco (35-33) and Ephrata (35-18), and a loss to Manheim Central (47-14).

“It’s a different world these days,” Barnhart said. “The rivalry games we still had back then.”

At season’s end, Barnhart and three of his senior teammates – Greenawalt, Marc Goodhart and Shawn Minnich – went on to play with the Lancaster War of the Roses team, coached by then-CV boss Jim Cantafio.

After handing in his football helmet, Barnhart turned his attention to the hoops season – and getting back onto coach Althouse’s good side. Playing at guard for an offense that hit the century mark in a 100-32 win over Elizabethtown in the second game of the season was a good way to get started. Ten different players scored points in the game for the Warwick boys.

“There was no ‘I’ in team, that was coach Althouse’s big thing,” Barnhart said. “It was all about playing team defense and working hard and out-hustling teams and that’s kinda what we did that year.”

The season ended on a disappointing note, with Warwick getting upset by Penn Manor 56-51 in the District Three Quad-A playoff quarter-finals. Not only was it Barnhart’s last contest in a Warwick basketball uniform, it was also coach Althouse’s final game on the sideline. Althouse, whose son Nate also played on that team, ended his legendary coaching career by retiring at season’s end.

“We didn’t know (he was retiring) at the time,” Barnhart said. “There wasn’t any of that talk during our senior year, and then after our last game, I guess that’s when he decided to do it.”

Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at or at 721-4451

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