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Sarah Barnes - Head Coach 

 

The University of Miami announced Feb. 27, 2018 the hiring of Sarah Barnes as the new head coach of the Hurricanes soccer program.

 

Barnes comes to Miami after spending six season as the head coach at George Washington University, where she was named the 2015 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.

Over her six seasons at GW, Barnes led the Colonials to a 60-41-14 (.583) mark, including a 48-23-8 (.658) record the last four years.

In 2012, her second season at GW, Barnes guided the Colonials to their first A-10 Championship berth since 2002, beginning a streak of five consecutive years in the conference tournament.

The following year, Barnes turned in the first of four straight seasons with double-digit victories, as the Colonials finished 12-6-1 (4-3-1).

In 2015, Barnes led GW to a 15-5-0 (10-0-0) mark and the program’s first A-10 regular season title since 1995. It was the first time in school history the team finished with a perfect conference record.
After tallying an 11-7-3 (4-3-3) record in 2016, Barnes concluded her GW tenure with a 10-5-4 (5-2-3) campaign a season ago.

Prior to joining the Colonials, Barnes spent four seasons as an assistant at the University of Texas. The Longhorns went 47-30-12 (.596), both reaching the NCAA Championship and notching 12-plus victories three times.

Barnes started her coaching career at her alma mater, the University of Connecticut, from 1998-2007. She spent two years as a volunteer assistant, seven as an assistant coach and one as the associate head coach.

In her decade on the UConn staff, the Huskies went 167-57-17 (.728), winning six BIG EAST regular season title and two conference tournament crowns. UConn made the NCAA Championship all 10 years, advancing to the Sweet 16 eight times, the Elite Eight six times and the national championship once, in 2003.

Barnes holds multiple United Soccer Coaches certifications and a U.S. Soccer Federation “D” license. She spent two years with the Olympic Development (ODP) Region I staff, working with the U-14 and U-16 age groups.

Additionally, Barnes served as a Connecticut ODP head and assistant coach from the U-13 to U-17 age groups. In 2006, she earned the Thomas E. Krusewski Memorial Young Coach of the Year from the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association.

During her collegiate playing career, Barnes led UConn to a dazzling 83-14-2 (.848) record, including a school record 23 wins her final season. The Huskies made the NCAA Elite Eight every year, reaching the College Cup in 1994 and 1997, advancing to the national final the latter year.

As a co-captain in 1997, her last season, Barnes was a co-captain, co-team MVP and a Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree. She graduated magna cum laude from UConn in 1998 with a degree in sociology. The next year, Barnes earned a master’s degree with a dual emphasis on social psychology and women in sports.

A native of Snohomish, Wash., Barnes made the NCAA Championship 17 of 18 years as a player or coach from 1994 through 2011.

 

Jeremy Williams - Assistant Coach

 

Jeremy Williams was tabbed as an assistant soccer coach on March 29, 2018, following new head coach Sarah Barnes from George Washington University to Coral Gables, Fla.

Williams spent three seasons at GW, helping the team post a 36-17-7 (.658) mark from 2015-17. In his first year, Williams aided the program to its first Atlantic 10 regular-season title in 20 years and its first-ever perfect conference mark, a 10-0-0 ledger. The Colonials finished the 2015 campaign with a 15-5-0 overall record and set a school record with 13 consecutive victories.

Prior to his time at GW, Williams spent three seasons at Florida State University as the volunteer assistant coach, capping his tenure with a national title in 2014. During his time in Tallahassee, Fla., the Seminoles went 66-7-4 (.883) overall and 27-3-3 (.864) in ACC play.

With Williams on staff, Florida State won 20-plus matches and made the College Cup each season, playing in a pair of national championship matches. Additionally, the Seminoles earned back-to-back ACC Championship crowns in 2013 and 2014.

Williams also has coaching experience at his alma mater, Blacksburg High School, and he holds a National ‘E’ License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

The Blacksburg, Va., native graduated from his hometown school, Virginia Tech, in 2012 with a degree in biological sciences. He earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Florida State in 2014 after writing his thesis on how game fatigue impacts passing efficiency.

 

Alan Fread - Assistant Coach

 

Alan Fread was tabbed as an assistant soccer coach on March 29, 2018, following new head coach Sarah Barnes from George Washington University to Coral Gables, Fla.

Fread was on Barnes’ GW staff for two years, serving as the volunteer assistant in 2016 and an assistant coach in 2017. The Colonials notched a 21-12-7 (.613) mark and reached the A-10 Championship both seasons.

Before coming to GW, Fread was on the Georgetown men’s soccer staff from 2014-15, serving as the volunteer assistant for one season and then the video coordinator the next. The Hoyas went 30-6-8 (.773) overall with an 15-2-1 (.861) record in BIG EAST play those two years.

Georgetown reached the NCAA Elite Eight in 2014 and then went a perfect 9-0-0 in conference play the following year, en route to earning the first conference postseason tournament title in program history. Two Hoyas garnered All-America honors and two were picked in the MLS SuperDraft during Fread’s tenure.

Fread was an assistant coach for the St. Francis (PA) men’s team from 2012-13. The Red Flash had their best season ever in his final campaign, posting an 11-4-4 record. With Fread’s tutelage of the goalkeepers, the team finished eighth nationally in goals against per game.

A native of State College, Pa., Fread, who has multiple United Soccer Coaches diplomas, also graduated from his hometown school, Penn State University. He earned a degree in psychology with a business concentration in 2009.

 

Cobb Stadium:

Cobb Stadium serves as the home to the University of Miami's women's soccer and men's and women's track and field programs, as well as the men's club lacrosse team. Cobb features a state-of-the-art full size soccer playing field centered inside an eight-lane top of the line rubber track. In addition, a first-class, 500 seat stadium grandstand stands at midfield for optimal viewing for fans, parents, and students. Leading to and from the seating are two ramped walkways to maximize convenience for all Hurricane patrons. Four massive light banks surround the field to make dusk or night games a reality on the University of Miami campus - the pride of Coral Gables.