Coach Drew Bahr: the man, the myth, the legend

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Blaize Klossner , Reporter

One of the most recognizable faces in the halls of our school is Coach Drew Bahr. For all who know him, Bahr is unlike any other. Many coaches are known for winning traditions, and setting school records. However, Bahr’s endowment comes from dedication, facing adversity, and yes of course, the wins. Bahr was born with a condition known as Down Syndrome, but has never let that stop him from doing what he loves.  As a Rolla High graduate from the class of 1998, Bahr has been on the football management staff since 1993. Now, at the age of 39, he has always given his all to Rolla and has no plans on slowing down.

“I don’t plan on retiring until I am 55,” Bahr said.

While Bahr has been under the management staff, the Bulldog football team has won three District Championships, four Conference titles, and has made five playoff appearances. Although he has been very successful with Rolla, one of the his most memorable accomplishments , came in the  summer of 2017.

At the Southwest Baptist University football team camp, Bahr suited up to run one play for Rolla. Bahr received a handoff from Senior Quarterback Josh Pritchett, and took the ball to the house, scoring a 40 yard touchdown, and was mobbed by every team at the camp, including the SBU coaching staff. Videos of his legendary play, aquired over 40,000 views, and even Hudl, a sports film program, posted a video honoring him.

While Bahr may be on the coaching staff, he also spends his days inside the school. Bahr takes care of many chores and tasks for the administrative staff throughout the day, but when asked what he does, only one thing stands out in his mind.

“All I do is help out Charlene [Mumma],” Bahr said.

Bahr has a deep love for Mumma and all of the staff and student body at Rolla. While Bahr has been on many successful teams, the biggest impact he gives off is his charm, laughter, and consistent smile.

“If you’re mad or upset, just seeing Drew can change that. Seeing him is the best part of anyone’s day,” senior captain Caleb Turner said.

“Drew has the special ability to put a smile on everybody’s face! He loves talking to everybody and is always happy!” junior Kelly Brown, said.

Bahr is adored by not only the students and staff at Rolla High, but the entire community of Rolla. He continues to entertain and enlighten people everywhere, and giving his all to the sport he loves. While he won’t be around forever, the legend of Drew Bahr will never die.