Coach Barrett Murphy: Shaping Lives and Building Legacies Through 20 Years With Red Stick Bowl

Hello, everyone! I’m Andy Bryson, and today I want to share a heartfelt story that takes us on a journey from the depths of despair to a place of inspiration, gratitude, and mentorship. It’s a story that begins with my own struggles and takes a turn for the better, thanks to two incredible mentors, Jack Chapman and Joe Womack. Their guidance and the lessons they learned from their mentor, Coach Barrett Murphy, have left an indelible mark on my life and countless others.

In 2010, when I returned to my homestate of Louisiana after eight years of active military service, I was a wreck. The years spent in the desert had taken their toll, and I was faced a painful divorce. I found myself spiraling down a dark trail, unsure of how to regain my footing. That’s when I had the privilege of meeting Joe Womack and Jack Chapman.

Joe Womack, a wise man with a big heart, taught me a fundamental lesson: everyone makes mistakes, but it’s crucial to keep moving forward. He showed me that dwelling on the past would only hinder my progress, and his unwavering support helped me find my way.

Jack Chapman, another incredible mentor, emphasized the importance of putting God first in everything we do. His guidance helped me find purpose and direction in my life when I needed it most. Jack’s faith and dedication to his beliefs were a beacon of hope during my darkest days.

Now, you might be wondering why I’m starting this article by talking about my mentors. Well, it’s because of the incredible legacy of Coach Barrett Murphy, who played a pivotal role in shaping these remarkable individuals. Coach Murphy has spent over 40 years helping young boys become men, teaching them invaluable life lessons and how to navigate the challenges that come their way.

Being a coach is no easy task. While a select few may make millions, most coaches receive meager compensation for the countless hours they spend mentoring players. They do more than just train athletes; they become mentors, taking players to practice, helping them with their studies, and showing them that life offers more than what meets the eye.

Coach Murphy’s dedication to his community, particularly in and around Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is truly commendable. His years of service as a Marine were only the beginning of his commitment to helping others. Coach Murphy’s influence and impact have extended far beyond the football field, leaving a lasting impression on countless lives.

Growing up in the small town of Rosepine, Louisiana, I never had the privilege of knowing Coach Murphy personally. Little did I know that he would indirectly touch my life through the wisdom and guidance of Jack and Joe, who credit Coach Murphy for their own personal growth.

Just recently, Coach Murphy celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Red Stick Bowl, a testament to his unwavering commitment to shaping the future of young athletes. Over the past two decades, this game has featured some remarkable talents who have gone on to achieve great success. Players like Brad Wing, Trindon Holliday, and Glen Dorsey, to name a few, have graced the Red Stick Bowl with their skills and gone on to make their mark in the world of football.

This year’s game showcased more outstanding talent from Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. Players like Braden George, Laremy Guidry, and Abram Johnson demonstrated their skills, giving us a glimpse of the bright future ahead for these young athletes.

In conclusion, Coach Barrett Murphy’s legacy is not just about football; it’s about shaping lives, building character, and inspiring young men to become the best versions of themselves. His influence has reached far and wide, and it continues to touch the lives of individuals like me, who have been fortunate enough to benefit from the wisdom he imparted to his mentees. Coach Murphy’s impact is a testament to the power of mentorship, and I am eternally grateful for the guidance and inspiration he has provided to so many.

Enjoy these photos from the 2023 Red Stick Bowl I took.