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Ojai loses coaching legend

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Longtime volunteer coach Kevin “Cheetah” Barker passed away Aug. 31 and some of his former players created a makeshift memorial outside of the Nordhoff High School gymnasium in his honor.
 
Known for his tough exterior but also his giant heart and commitment to his student-athletes, Barker coached at Nordhoff since the early 1990s and helped with the football, baseball and basketball programs. He was best known as the assistant coach for the Lady Rangers basketball program where he also coached his daughter, Erin Barker, who is one of the most decorated players in the history of the program. According to school officials, the memorial will remain in place should any former players or friends wish to play their respects to Coach Barker. 

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