A two-year letterwinner behind the plate for Memphis in the 2005-06 seasons, Barton played in 94 games, making 86 starts. A career .252 hitter, the 2006 Tiger co-captain hit six home runs and drove in 49 runs. The most notable moment of his Tiger career came on April 17, 2005, when his 10th-inning walk-off blast ended an 11-game losing streak and gave Memphis a 6-5 win over No. 30 TCU.
Upon completing his eligibility, Barton, a native of Trussville, Ala., graduated from the University of Memphis with a sport management degree in May 2007.
Barton has also spent time in the coaching ranks as the assistant coach of the Danville Dans of the Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL) after his senior season at Memphis in the summer of 2006. As the hitters and catchers coach, Barton helped the Dans to the CICL Regular season championship and a tournament runner-up finish.
He undertook his first head coaching position in the summer of 2007 as the skipper of the Bama Bombers, a high school travel team that consited of some of the best talent in the southeast.
Prior to coming to Memphis, Barton won two letters behind the plate for Shelton State where he was a Second team All-Alabama Community College Conference performer and led SSCC to a North Division crown in 2004.