Sarah Barnes Named GW's New Head Women's Soccer Coach
Proven Winner at Texas and UConn Takes the Helm at George Washington
Dec. 14, 2011
"Sarah emerged from an extremely strong pool of candidates as the ideal coach to head our women’s soccer program at this time," said Nero. "She was an exceptional player as a student-athlete at the highest levels of collegiate competition, and has since proven to be an astute strategist and coach both in terms of maximizing the development and output of her team, as well as in preparation to face our opposition. Our student-athletes will benefit greatly from Sarah’s mentorship abilities both on and off the soccer pitch.”
In her four years as an assistant coach at UT, 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, Barnes has participated in 17 of the last 18 NCAA tournaments, including three combined trips to the College Cup (as a player at
“I am extremely excited to assume this role at GW,” said Coach Barnes. “Not only is there a strong base of student-athletes already in the program, but to have the George Washington name behind me when I’m recruiting players to come play in the nation’s capital is incredibly promising. I have been fortunate to have learned the game as a player and in an assistant capacity at two of the top schools in women’s college soccer, so I know that Tanya Vogel has left this program in a great place for me to achieve our lofty goals in the Atlantic 10 and beyond.”
A graduate from the
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 workedwith the under-14 and under-16 age groups. 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.