Former Houston standout Caleb Barker (’14) joined the staff as an assistant coach on August 24, 2016. In this role, Barker coaches the catchers and assists with the offensive development.
In 2017, Barker helped the Cougars capture the American Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 15-9 league record and won the tournament title after going 4-0 in Clearwater, Fla., becoming the first team since 2000 to win both championships in the same year.
As an assistant, Barker saw the Cougars notch their 14th 40+ win season in program history and third in the last four years with a 42-21 overall record.
Houston was rewarded for its strong play throughout the 2017 season by being named one of 16 schools to host an NCAA Regional at Schroeder Park. The hosting opportunity was the fourth time in program history and second in last three years for the Cougars.
Helping lead the offensive development, Barker watched Houston hit 60 home runs -- the most since 71 in 2006 and saw Jake Scheiner, the American leader in home runs, become a consensus All-American and the league’s Player of the Year.
Prior to rejoining Houston’s program, Barker spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach at Grayson County College. At Grayson, Barker helped lead the Vikings to a 42-15 overall record, a Conference Runner-Up nod and a Region V qualifier.
Under Barker's guidance, Grayson CC hit .354 as a team and slugged .551 with 59 home runs and catcher Raymond Henderson was selected by the Houston Astros in the 22nd Round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
A 2014 graduate of the University of Houston, Barker earned his degree in organizational leadership and supervision with a minor in health and was a two-year letterwinner for the Cougars in 2013 and 2014 after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Grayson CC.
Barker was a 2014 First Team All-American Athletic Conference honoree and helped the Cougars to a Baton Rouge Regional Championship title and its first Conference Championship since 2008.
As the starting catcher, Barker appeared in 65 games and started 62 in 2014. He was rock-solid behind the plate, fielding .996 with just two errors and threw out 30 runners attempting to steal. He was a bright spot in the Cougar lineup during the postseason, tallying six hits in NCAA play and drove in two key RBI in a come-from-behind win over LSU.
Barker was a two-time Johnny Bench Award Watch List honoree and was named to the Conference All-Academic Team, while earning a prestigious C-USA Academic Medal in 2013.
The Keller, Texas native is a graduate of Keller High School.