Junior Varsity Basketball
Head Coach: Brent Barbato
Brent grew up in Exeter, NH, with his parents, older brother and younger sister. At Exeter High School, Brent was a three sport, all-state athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He was selected to participate in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl as a member of Team New Hampshire at the conclusion of his senior year. After graduating from Exeter High, Brent did a post-graduate year here on the Hilltop. Following his year at Salisbury, Brent went on to the University of New Hampshire. He was a starting member of the UNH Wildcat Football team all four years and a dominating presence on defense. He graduated from UNH in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
After graduating from New Hampshire, Brent spent one year at Hamilton College coaching and recruiting for both the football and baseball programs.
Brent returned to the Hilltop in 2007. He is currently the Dean of the Class of 2019, works with students in the Learning Center, is defensive coordinator for the Salisbury Crimson Knight Football Team and coaches JV Basketball and Golf. Brent lives with his wife, Julia Barbato, and daughters, Blair and Bryn, in the Childs House Neighborhood.
Kirk Hall | profile
After graduating from Salisbury in 1990, Kirk attended Davidson College before returning to his hometown of Charlotte, NC to work in business. It was through local outreach ministry that he began to ask the larger questions that led him, just five years later, to Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Columbia provided the opportunity not only to learn from those in and around the seminary community but also afforded him the chance to live in El Salvador for a year with a community of former war refugees, to work as a chaplain for Hospice with those facing the reality of death and to serve with a community of faith in Bozeman, Montana. After graduating with a master’s of divinity in 2003, Kirk went on to New College School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland to earn a master’s of theology degree that explored the ways that theology is shaped by the historical context in which it evolves. Returning to the United States, he was ordained through the Presbyterian Church (USA) as Minister of Word and Sacrament and served as associate pastor with First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, KY for five years before he was called to be the associate pastor for education with First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. In the fall of 2013, Kirk came full circle when he returned to Salisbury to serve as Chaplain and Chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department. Recently, he completed his doctorate of ministry degree that culminated in a final study on the spirituality that develops through the Salisbury chapel ministry.