After playing football, basketball and running track for his Covina high school, attended Mount San Antonio Junior College and graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1969 with a degree in Physical Education. He began his football coaching career in Riverside in 1973 at Notre Dame High School, where his team advanced to the CIF payoffs in 1974.
From Notre Dame, Coach Meier moved to Riverside Poly High School in 1976 and developed the Bears into a perennial football power. His teams won three Ivy League titles and in 1979, won the CIF Championship. Barry won two important awards that year: he was named Riverside County Coach and CIF Coach of the Year. In 1980, Coach Meier was named head coach at Riverside Community College, where he would remain for the next 17 years. The highlight of his tenure at RCC occurred when the Tigers won the California State Title and a share of the National Championship with an 11-0 record. Overall six of his RCC teams went to bowl games, and Barry was named State Coach of the Year in 1986 and was honored as the Mission Conference Coach of the Year six times.
In 2005, Coach Meier was inducted into theCalifornia Community Football Hall of Fame. He remains at RCC as the Dean of Physical Education and Athletics. Barry and his wife Teri have two grown children: daughter Tami, who is married to a fireman in West Covina; son Brent, who himself is a fireman in West Covina; and four grandchildren ranging in age from seven to three-month old twins.