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01/25/2019, 1:15pm EST
By G. Shears

Dan Barbara of the TSE takes the helm of the NJIBL

With the reorganization of of the NJIBL, a new commissioner has been named. Dan Barbara will be stepping in and leading the league as its commissioner. Dan has been a fixture in South Jersey baseball for over 40 years and has a strong background in league management. He currently sits on the board of the Tri-State Elite League which is the largest youth baseball league in the area and has run the TSE Baseball Academy in Sewell for close to 20 years. 

A 1987 WTHS graduate, went on to play at Old Dominion University where he was a four-year starter and played in the 1990 NCAA Regional playoffs. He was slowed by a fractured heel during his junior and senior seasons, but turned heads in his freshman and sophomore seasons batting over .300 as a switch hitter.

Playing for the Minutemen, Barbara was All-South Jersey, All-Group Four and All-Olympic Conference in ’87. In ’87, he served as Carpenter Cup team captain and in 1986 and 87 played in the Garden State Games. Following his college-playing days, he went on to serve as an assistant coach at Camden County College and played independent baseball in the Tri-County League (1988-2004) winning three triple crowns.

Barbara also played in the Atlantic Coast Baseball League (1990), Salem County League (1988-1991), Mid-Atlantic Senior Baseball League (1999-2008). His career includes playing on seven independent baseball championship teams.

Among his other accomplishments are coaching the Washington Township 14-year-olds to third-place in the 2006 Babe Ruth World Series. Overall, Barbara-coached 14 and under Babe Ruth all-star teams have won seven district and three state titles and a regional championship.

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