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Susan English Barkley
Susan  English Barkley

Volleyball (Inducted 1998)



Susan M. (English) Barkley was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball ('80-83) and captain of her squad in 1983. A left-side hitter for the Colonials, she was selected to the Atlantic 10 Conference All-Tournament team in 1983 and was her team's MVP that season.

Barkley played at GW during a transitional time for women's sports in America. Her first two college seasons were as an AIAW program and her final two were as a member of the NCAA. She still is listed among the Colonials single-season records for service aces, kills per game average and total kill attempts.

A native of Hermosa Beach Calif., where she starred in volleyball at Bishop Montgomery High School, Barkley brought a very strong playing background to GW from California. In addition to her individual skills, she was an excellent "team" player, helping her teammates achieve a four-year record of 139-66 (.680). In addition, she was selected to the East team for the 1981 U.S. Olympic Festival.

Barkley earned an MBA at GW in 1986. While in graduate school at GW, she served as a volleyball coach at Marymount University in Arlington, VA., for three seasons ('85-87). She is married to David Barkley, former head volleyball coach at Villanova ('88-91), and the couple has three daughters, Ellyn, Emma and Mara. They live in Colorado Springs, CO.