Micheal Barrow is in his seventh season as the linebackers coach. In his third season on Al Golden's staff in 2013, he coached junior LB Denzel Perryman, who earned consensus first-team All-ACC honors and was a Dick Butkus Award semifinalist.
Since his return to Coral Gables, Barrow has played an integral part in the development of current NFL linebackers Tavares Gooden, Darryl Sharpton, Colin McCarthy and Spencer Adkins and the graduated Spence.
In 2011, Barrow guided freshman Denzel Perryman to a stellar first season. Perryman finished first among ACC freshmen with 69 tackles and was second on the team while earning numerous freshmen All-America honors.
A native of Homestead, Fla., Barrow helped Spence to ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year and Freshman All-America honors in 2008. Under his tutelage, Spencer Adkins was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Barrow also helped Glenn Cook to one of his best seasons on the field. Cook led the Hurricanes in tackles and along with Spence and Darryl Sharpton was among Miami's top tacklers.
In 2007, Barrow guided senior linebacker Tavares Gooden through a strong senior campaign at Miami. Gooden, a third-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2008, led the Hurricanes with 119 tackles. Under Barrow's watch, junior linebacker Colin McCarthy was the fourth-leading tackler on the team.
Barrow is one of three former Hurricane players on the current UM coaching staff (Art Kehoe and Hurlie Brown). He played for the program from 1989-92. In 1992, he earned All-America honors, was the Butkus Award runner-up and finished seventh in Heisman Trophy voting. He was also the Big East Defensive Player of the Year and finished his career as the third-leading tackler in school history.
As a Hurricane, Barrow played in 45 games, starting 37 times. He made 423 total tackles, along with seven sacks, 34 tackles for loss, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Barrow went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL. He was a second-round draft choice of the Houston Oilers in 1993. Barrow played for the Oilers through 1996, for the Carolina Panthers (1997-99), the New York Giants (2000-03), the Washington Redskins (2004) and the Dallas Cowboys (2005). During his NFL career, Barrow played in 173 games, making 1,133 tackles, 43 sacks and two interceptions.
After retiring from pro football, Barrow served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Homestead High School, his alma mater, during the 2006 season. He was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He is an ordained Christian minister. Barrow and his wife, Shelley, have a daughter, Mikenzi (9), and sons, Kaleb (8) and John Micheal (3).
| BARROW FILE
|Education||Miami, 1992 (B.S., Accounting)|
|Family||wife Shelly; daughter Mikenzi; sons Kaleb and John Michael|
| COACHING EXPERIENCE
|2006||Defensive Coordinator, Homestead (Fla.) HS|
|2007-12||Linebackers / Special Teams, Miami|
|BOWL EXPERIENCE, COACH (4)|
|2008||Emerald Bowl (Miami)|
|2009||Champs Sports Bowl (Miami)|
|2010||Sun Bowl (Miami)|
|2013||Russell Athletic Bowl (Miami)|
| Helped linebacker Sean Spence to ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year
and Freshman All-America honors in 2008
|2000-03||New York Giants|
|BOWL EXPERIENCE, PLAYER (5)|
|1989||Orange Bowl (Miami)|
|1990||Sugar Bowl (Miami)|
|1991||Cotton Bowl (Miami)|
|1992||Orange Bowl (Miami)|
|1993||Sugar Bowl (Miami)|
|Starting linebacker on national championship teams at Miami in 1989 and 1991|
|All-America as a senior in 1992|
|Seventh in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1992|
|Second-round draft choice of the Houston Oilers in 1993|