Danton Barto returns in 2012 for his second season as head coach of the Kansas City Command. Barto was named af2 Coach of the Year for the ArenaCup champion Memphis Xplorers in 2005, establishing him as one of the elite coaches in Arena Football. He spent five years with the Xplorers, improving the team’s won-loss record each season. He was the head coach for the Manchester Wolves in 2008 and 2009, leading the team to the af2 playoffs in each of his two seasons. His af2 success earned him the distinction of being named the fourth-best af2 head coach of all-time as part of the league’s 10th anniversary celebration. Barto has the third-most wins of any coach in af2 history.
Before joining the Command, Barto was previously an AFL head coach for one season with the Las Vegas Gladiators in 2007. He played college football for the Universityof Memphisfrom 1990-93, setting the school-record at 473 career tackles, a mark that still stands. He was a two-time Butkus Award nominee and was the All-South Independent Defensive Player of the Year in 2002. Barto was a 2006 inductee into the Memphis Tigers Hall of Fame.
Barto resides in Memphis in the off-season with his wife Rachel and their son Will.