John "JB" Barnes
“For all the athletes and people that have been denied or told No they can’t do something because they aren’t good enough; Don’t believe the naysayers! Use that as fuel to light your fire. Use that to motivate yourself to work and train harder, to be successful on and off the football field. The things I have overcome in my life have made me a stronger man. It has also made me extremely passionate about helping the next athlete be better at his or her craft. I will do my best to help them so that they do not have to endure the same adversity I went through.”
Pro Baller Fitness
Our vision is to help every individual achieve their personal fitness goals and reach their maximum potential while educating them with the right tools to maintain a healthy athletic lifestyle.
Pro Baller 7v7 Football Team
Pro Baller 7v7 provides an opportunity for players to better their football skills, timing, and get on the same page with other players from different High Schools in a very fun, competitive, and exciting way.
John “JB” Barnes was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He graduated from Watson Chapel High School with the class of 1997. He participated and excelled as a high school athlete. He was an All-League Outside Linebacker for the football team and helped lead them to the 3A State Championship his senior year. He also ran track and played left field for the baseball team.
Barnes went on to attend The University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and was a three year starter for the Golden Lions secondary where he was known as a “hard hitter” at the Free and Strong Safety position. When he wasn’t on the football field he ran for the indoor track team, and became a proud member of Omega Psi Phi in the spring of 1999. In 2001, he graduated with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice.
After college graduation, Barnes signed with NFL sports agent, Gary Glick and moved to Dallas, TX to pursue his professional football career. For 7 years and during his football off-seasons JB worked as a Residential Officer III with the Dallas County Juvenile Department. Twice he received the JRO III Employee of the year award for his outstanding work.
In 2002, JB signed his first Pro Football contract to play in the Arena Football League with Grand Rapids Rampage in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From 2002-2008, Barnes played defensive back for several AFL teams and also played one year with the Hamilton TigerCats CFL team.
From 2008-2012, he became a successful celebrity jeweler in Dallas, Texas with his partner Ali at Mark Samuels Jewelry. He sold high end expensive jewelry to many NFL players, celebrities and NBA players from many areas around the United States. Super star, Dez Bryant was one of his top client.
In 2012, JB moved to Portland, Oregon where he signed a sports model contract with SLU, also known as Sports + Lifestyle Unlimited (the largest sports model agency in the U.S.). He has been featured in several print and national commercials seen on ESPN and NFL Network including: Russell Athletics, Jordan, Adidas, Nike and Riddell Helmets. He enjoyed this modeling opportunity for four years until 2016 and is currently a NIKE Product Tester that tests unreleased products to help NIKE continue to make top quality products.
In 2014, Coach Barnes landed his first High School football coaching job as a linebackers, defensive backs and head strength conditioning coach with Hillsboro High School. JB brought his high energy and great motivation skills and made a huge impact on this team. During his two years of coaching, Coach Barnes helped the Hillsboro Spartans drastically improve their football program. After a losing season they won the NWOC Conference championship and made it to the 2nd round of the playoffs. JB had great influence in helping 12 players to be named All-League and 5 players named All-state during his coaching tenure at Hillsboro High School which ended in 2016.
While coaching at Hillsboro JB saw an urgent need to train, coach, and mentor more athletes on a larger scale. This inspired him to start his own training company and in 2014 became the founder of Pro Baller Fitness, a sports performance training company located in Hillsboro, Oregon. JB has received several coaching and strength training certifications with NCACE, NASM, ASFA, CSAC, and CWPC during this process.
Pro Baller Fitness provides training services that are catered to four different types of training: personal training, sports specific strength training, speed agility, and NFL combine training. Currently, Barnes trains athletes starting from NFL players, NBA players, CFL players, track athletes, college athletes including the Oregon Ducks, all the way down to high school athletes.
Pro Baller Fitness has been rated five stars for the last three years by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Barnes has worked out with and trained former and current NFL players such as Ray Crocket, Ray Mickens, Anthony Dorsett, Darren Gordon, Curtis Fuller, Parrish Cox, Nick Truesdell, Mike Cirino and many more. Barnes is now arguably both the top sports specific trainer and top speed coach in the entire Northwest region.
In 2016, the city of Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce presented JB and his Pro Baller Fitness business with a certificate of Recognition & Appreciation for providing valuable career opportunities for local High School students and athletes in the School to Career Program. To learn more about “Pro Baller Fitness” check out his website:
Also, In 2016 Coach Barnes accepted the head strength and defensive backs coaching position at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon where he still enjoys coaching at now. During the last three years Coach Barnes has helped over 20 players to be named All-League and over 5 players named All-State.
In 2018 JB founded a non profit organization called “Train 2 Lead Foundation”. This foundation is dedicated to providing a blueprint to help under privileged youth and high school athletes obtain and maintain their leadership skills on and off the field. This is yet another avenue that allows JB to fulfill his desire to give back to the young athletes of our generation.
In 2019, Coach JB Barnes started “Pro Baller 7v7 Team”. This is a travel 7on7 football team that competes in local and national tournaments. His team provides an opportunity for high school football players to better their football skills and timing, and get on the same page with other players from different high schools in a very fun, competitive, and exciting way. JB not only teaches football skills to these players but he also promotes the need for high standards in all aspects of life. He teaches them to be leaders and to work hard in life and in school and to reach for high academic accomplishments. He inspires them to be honest in their dealings with others and to have integrity and strong moral character. He does this through his great ability to motivate but most effective is the example that he sets that inspires others to want to be better. To learn more about “Pro Baller 7v7 Team”, check out his website: www.proballer7v7Team.com
From the words of Coach John JB Barnes: “For all the athletes and people that have been denied or told No they can’t do something because they aren’t good enough; Don’t believe the naysayers! Use that as fuel to light your fire. Use that to motivate yourself to work and train harder, to be successful on and off the football field. The things I have overcome in my life have made me a stronger man. It has also made me extremely passionate about helping the next athlete be better at his or her craft. I will do my best to help them so that they do not have to endure the same adversity I went through.”