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George Washington v Columbia
Sarah Barnes enters her third year as head coach of the George Washington women's soccer team in 2014.
In her second year at the helm of the program in 2013, Coach Barnes saw the Colonials' squad Post an overall record of 7-5-5 and a 3-3-2 conference mark en route to an A-10 Championship bid for the first time in 11 seasons. The Buff and Blue defense secured eight shutouts throughout the year - the most for any team since 1994 - while limiting its conference foes to just four goals in eight matches. In October, GW blanked La Salle, 1-0, which snapped the Explorers' 19-match regular-season conference unbeaten streak that spanned three seasons.
Under Coach Barnes' direction, three players garnered 2013 A-10 All-Conference postseason honors as sophomore Kristi Abbate earned her second consecutive award as a Second Team selection while seniors Melanie Keer and Nicole Ulrick earned All-Academic team status. Additionally, Coach Barnes' team earned its fourth straight NSCAA Academic Team Award and Keer and Ulrick were both tabbed NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention.
During Coach Barnes' inaugural season in 2012, the Colonials went 5-12-1 overall and produced a 1-8 mark in the Atlantic 10, and Abbate was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team after leading GW in scoring.
Off the pitch, the Colonials squad was recognized by the NCAA for top Academic Progress Rate in 2012 and 2013, and also led GW athletics programs with the most number of student-athletes on the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Rolls. Under her direction, senior Kayley Sullivan was honored with the university's Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for being in the top two percent, by GPA, of sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, in addition to earning GW's Scholar-Athlete of the Year distinction.
Prior to GW, Coach Barnes spent four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Texas. During her years at UT, Coach Barnes was involved in every aspect of the Longhorn program, including scouting opponents and day-to-day operations. Off the field, her main responsibilities included recruiting and video analysis, for a team that advanced to the NCAA tournament in three of the last four seasons. Overall, as a player and coach, Coach Barnes has participated in 17 of the last 18 NCAA tournaments, including three combined trips to the College Cup (as a player at Connecticut in 1994 and 1997, and as an assistant coach in 2003).
A graduate from the University of Connecticut, Coach Barnes spent 10 seasons on staff at UConn under long-time head coach Len Tsantiris. During her time on Tsantiris' staff, she spent two seasons as a volunteer coach (1998-99), seven as an assistant coach (2000-06) and one year as the associate head coach in 2007. UConn enjoyed a 167-57-17 record in those years, and advanced to the NCAA tournament each season. The Huskies made eight trips to the Third Round (Final 16) of the tournament and six trips to the quarterfinals (Final Eight), while UConn advanced all the way to the College Cup championship game in 2003 with Coach Barnes on the sideline. She also saw the Huskies win six Big East Regular Season Championships and two Big East Tournament Championships during her time at Connecticut.
Coach Barnes holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National diploma, an NSCAA goalkeeping certificate and a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) "D" license. Her coaching resume also includes two years spent on the Region I Staff for the Olympic Development Program, where she worked with the under-14 and under-16 age groups. Coach Barnes also worked as both an assistant and head coach for the Connecticut Olympic Development Program, with players ranging from U-13 to U-17 age groups. For her efforts, the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association named Coach Barnes the Thomas E. Krusewski Memorial Young Coach of the Year in 2006.
Originally from Snohomish, Wash., Coach Barnes was a senior co-captain of the 1997 UConn squad that reached the NCAA College Cup title game. In her four years as a student-athlete at Connecticut, the Huskies posted a record of 83-14-2, including a school record 23 wins in her senior season. In addition to the national championship appearance, Coach Barnes' squads also reached the national semifinals twice (1994, 1997), and qualified for the national quarterfinals every season. As a senior she was named to the All-Big East Second Team, and was selected by her teammates as a co-MVP. A stellar student-athlete, the sociology major was enrolled in the Honor's Program and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in May of 1998. She remained at UConn for graduate school, and completed her master's degree in the sociology department with a dual emphasis on social psychology and women in sports in 1999.