The Summit Country Day School inducted a four-sport athlete and a successful former boys’ varsity soccer coach into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime of a girls’ varsity basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11 in Flannery Gymnasium.
The inductees for this year are John McJoynt III ’80 and Barnard Baker.
“Our school motto is ‘Aim High,’ and the athletic careers of these two gentlemen at The Summit certainly shows they internalized that principle of life,” said Head of School Rich Wilson. “While their contributions to our athletic program were three decades apart, it’s clear the competitive spirit of Summit athletes and coaches was alive and well across this time span and continues on today.”
The boys’ varsity soccer program has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years, winning six state championships since 2012. As an assistant and then the head coach, Barnard Baker was one of the architects of this successful program.
While at The Summit, he also served as the Assistant Director for Upper School Admission.
In his seven seasons as head coach, the Silver Knights won back-to-back state championships, two regional titles, six district championships and three consecutive Miami Valley Conference championships. He compiled a 107-21-17 record at The Summit.
In addition, Barnard was the 2013 runner-up for National Coach of the Year, a two-time Cincinnati, Ohio and Kentucky coach of the year and MVC coach of the year on three occasions.
Even with all those accolades, Barnard says his greatest accomplishment is helping hundreds of student-athletes achieve their dreams of playing soccer in college and at the professional level.
Mr. Baker graduated from the University of Kentucky with bachelor’s degree in journalism and advertising. He works for Goodwill Industries as a Director of Marketing, PR and Communications. He volunteers with Ronald McDonald House, Gilda’s Club, Susan G. Komen, Home of the Innocents and the American Heart Association.
He lives in Louisville, Ky. with his wife and two children.
John McJoynt III
The Summit encourages its student-athletes to be physically active and participate in multiple sports during their time on campus. John McJoynt III took advantage of that philosophy, playing football, golf, basketball and baseball.
John, a Summit lifer, played football and golf, both fall sports, at the same time in each of his four years in the Upper School.
On the gridiron, John was a four-year varsity starter and letter winner. He anchored positions on offense and defense. When the Silver Knights had the ball, he was a tight end and wide receiver. When opponents had possession, he was all over the field as a defensive end and in the secondary.
On the links, John was a four-year letter winner and the team’s most valuable player in his junior and senior seasons.
As a basketball player, John earned two varsity letters and was a member of legendary coach Joe Cruse’s “Super Team” which had its magical 1978-79 season end in the state semifinal.
John joined the baseball team his junior and senior year and picked up two more varsity letters. In his senior season, John was the team’s most valuable player. He led the team in batting average (.425), total hits, singles, doubles, triples, home runs and runs batted in.
After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy, achieving the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. He served as a Sonar Technician aboard the USS Memphis nuclear submarine. He earned numerous awards during his enlistment including a Commanding Officer’s Letter of Commendation and Vice Admiral Letter of Commendation for his performance aboard the USS Memphis.
Each year during Homecoming, John makes it a point to return to The Summit. He volunteers at Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and is a member of the American Legion. He currently resides in Newport, Ky.