Barclay, Mark 2006 Graduate - Athlete
A true multi-sport athlete, Mark’s approach to competition was unique in that it wasn’t limited to one sport per season. Mark competed in 15 different season and earned 13 varsity letters in four years at GFC. Not only was he a standout performer in football, hockey and track, as a runner he found a way to stand out on the gridiron and in cross country at the same time. Championships were a regular occurrence for Mark as he was a member of state champion teams in football and hockey, and conference champion teams in track and field. As a first team All State football player, Mark was also named MVP in the 2005 Dakota Bowl game. His record setting senior football season included both offensive touchdown receptions and defensive interceptions.
Mark notes that as a Central athlete, he was expected to work hard and relentlessly. He and his teammates embraced year round competition, and pushed each other to be their best. He recalls an instance from his senior football season; as it was winding down, he and fellow seniors chose to stay on the field with each other long after practice had ended, just to savor the importance of their years in the Maroon & Grey.
Mark credits his brother Brian, both as a mentor and coach, as being the most influential person in his life, not only as an athlete, but as a husband, father, and professional. His family, led by supportive and caring parents, gave him the foundation for his success. A University of North Dakota graduate, Mark is the Director of Member Services for 3RNet, and lives in Grand Forks with his wife Aly and their daughter Ella.