Where are They Now?- Barry Kidd
One thing that will never change in Union County is the competitiveness and excitement surrounding basketball. Former players, such as Barry Kidd, have the opportunity to not only reflect on their careers, but watch as their children succeed at the same school.
Kidd’s prolific career at Ingomar was capped with state and grand slam championships in 1978. After playing for the Falcons, he held a brief stint at Northeast, where his career eventually ended.
“I had the chance to play at Northeast, but I did not sign right out of high school,” he said. “I think the coach lost a lot of his players that had originally signed, and he approached me during the year, asking me to join.”
“I was on the team immediately without any practice, and we traveled the first three games. College was so different just because I came from Ingomar and a huge basketball community where the gym was filled every night, then all we did was travel in college, playing in front of no crowds.”
That dynamic, the crowds and intensity, is what Kidd has always loved about Union County and feels it has continued over the years thanks to the small communities and their support of each school’s athletic programs.
“It’s all contributed to the small schools,” he said. “When you have four in the county, it’s really good for the competition and it gives as many kids as possible the chance to play sports, whereas they may not have had that chance at a larger school.”
“There’s that sense of community pride for each one. We’re happy to see the others do well, there’s that pride, but we’re even more proud to see our team have the chance to go to state and do well.”
And Kidd has had the opportunity to watch his children, Anna and Clay, win championships at Ingomar; his daughter on the 2002 softball championship squad and his son on Norris Ashley’s most recent championship team in 2010. Watching Clay and the Falcons win two years ago brought back a lot of memories, as Kidd reminisced on his playing days for Ashley.
“Absolutely, it was great to see that,” he said. “There were memories of when I played, but for it to have happened with the same coach makes it even more special.”
As far as prepping his son during his tenure at Ingomar, Kidd said he let Clay forge his own path on the team, and it paid off in the end.
“All I told him was to listen to Coach Ashley, do what he’s asked and he’ll be alright,” Kidd said. “Toward the end, he really stepped up in a leadership role and did a good job in the state tournament. He shot well, played loose and I’m proud of the entire team for what they accomplished, but probably a little more for my own child. It was an amazing experience.”
After completing his own schooling, Kidd worked for several graphic design businesses, but now owns his own and has the opportunity to work out of home, when he’s not fishing, of course.
Kidd remains a staple in the Ingomar community and will remain so, again showing the continuous close connection many former athletes have with Union County.
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