Coy BarefootC oy Barefoot is an award-winning and best-selling author, media personality, and engaging historian and teacher, a much sought-after speaker, and Ironman triathlete.

Coy’s books include Thomas Jefferson on Leadership: Executive Lessons from his Life and Letters and The Corner: A History of Student Life at the University of Virginia, which won the 2003 Nalle Prize for Outstanding History. He has written and reported for magazines and newspapers around the country as well as a long list of online publications. Visit the books and articles page to learn more and to read excerpts from Coy’s published work.

Coy is the President and Executive Director of the Virginia History Lab. The work of the VHL is dedicated to the maxim that history is not the past, but the story we tell about the past. The mission of the Virginia History Lab is to find and share those engaging stories that bring the past to life, that teach, and that inspire.  Click here to learn more about the Lab and its line-up of current and future projects.

Coy is the founding Host and Executive Producer of Inside Charlottesville which is broadcast as a television program each Sunday morning at 1130a on WCAV CBS 19 immediately following Face the Nation, and as a radio program every weekday afternoon from 4-6p on WCHV 107.5 FM and online at In 2006 he created Charlottesville—Right Now! on WINA 1070AM, a program he hosted and produced until 2013.

He is a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia where he teaches classes about the life of Thomas Jefferson, the history of the University, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the early American Republic.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of, an online magazine and community dedicated to the history of the University of Virginia, the UVA Corner, and Charlottesville.

Coy is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where he studied Anthropology, Archaeology, and Latin. He did his graduate work at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he earned his Master’s Degree studying Media Anthropology. His thesis focused on the implications of a 24-hour news cycle pioneered by Ted Turner’s Cable News Network.

Coy consults with businesses and non-profits to improve their message development and uses of all variety of media. He also conducts leadership training and workshops for corporations, non-profits, and the U.S. Government.

An avid runner, bicyclist and swimmer, Coy completed his first full Ironman Triathlon in August 2012.

Coy is currently wrapping up work on his first novel, Aeneas, an adaption of Virgil’s classic Roman epic, The Aeneid. He has also started work on a true crime graphic novel and has plans for a series of documentary DVDs that explore the history of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia.

Coy is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, grew up in Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville. He is the proud father of boy/girl twins, Whitman and Schuyler.

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top photo by Jen Fariello.