FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. will join Bret Bielema's staff as tight ends coach.

Arkansas announced the Lunney's hiring Tuesday night. He had been working as the offensive coordinator at Bentonville High for his father Barry Lunney Sr. since 2005.

"In the world of college football there have been numerous examples of high school coaches joining a college coaching staff and making an immediate impact,” Bielema said in Arkansas' news release Tuesday night. “Barry has experienced success through his seven years as a college coach and at the highest levels in high school. He understands the demands of being a college coach, and the championship teams he helped lead at Bentonville High School routinely produced one of the state’s top offenses. He attended Razorback games starting at a very early age and generations of his family have been a part of building the tradition at Arkansas. He was a captain who led this program to its first SEC Western Division title and he will be a tremendous bridge to fill the gap between this coaching staff and all of our former letterwinners, high school coaches in Arkansas and the entire state.”

Lunney does have college coaching experience. He was the co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at San Jose State from 2003-04. He also worked as Tulsa's wide receivers (2002) and quarterbacks coach (2000-01). Lunney's coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1998-99.

Lunney played at Arkansas from 1992-95. He was a team captain for the 1995 team, which reached the SEC Championship Game for the first time in school history.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau