Jan. 17, 2008
DeKALB, Ill. - Carrie Barker, who brings over 10 years of experience as an assistant coach in the Big Ten, has been named to lead the women's soccer program at Northern Illinois University, Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Dr. Jim Phillips announced Thursday.
"To be certain, I am very excited about Carrie Barker and the credentials that she brings to the women's soccer program," said Phillips. "With her extensive background and success at the Big Ten and NCAA Tournament level, she will be able to continue to take an ascending program to the next level. Carrie is highly-regarded in the soccer world and is both a high-quality coach and a high-quality person who is committed to developing student-athletes academically, socially and athletically. Very directly, Carrie will provide our student-athletes with a true world-class experience."
"I want to thank Dr. Jim Phillips and [Associate Athletics Director] Ed Pasque for this incredible opportunity," said Barker. "I am extremely excited to get started and put my heart and soul into the program. Of all the programs out there, Northern Illinois was my number one choice and as soon as I stepped on campus I knew it was the right fit. I am very familiar with the university and community and have seen major changes in the athletic department over the past three or four years and all these changes will only lead to more success down the road."
Barker most recently served as assistant coach for three seasons at Wisconsin, her alma mater. There, she helped the Badgers to two NCAA Tournament appearances and a Big Ten Tournament Championship in 2005. During the 2004 season, Wisconsin earned a NCAA first round victory. While on the Badger staff, Barker was the camp director and was part of an International Tour to Germany during the 2006 Men's World Cup Tournament.
Prior to her term in Madison, Barker was part of seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 2002 quarterfinal berth, during seven years as an assistant coach at Michigan. Barker helped the Wolverines advance to the NCAA second round six times, reach the third round twice, and capture a pair of Big Ten Tournament titles. While at Michigan, Barker served as interim head coach during part of the 2001 season and was the camp director for six years.
Barker is a United State Soccer Federation "A" licensed coach and has coached the Madison 56ers soccer club since 2004 while also serving on Wisconsin's Olympic Development staff during that time. She has also held positions on the under-14 National Team staff in 2004, the Michigan Olympic Development Program staff for seven years and the Olympic Development Region II Staff from 1990-93. In 1996, Barker was on the coaching staff for the Michigan Hawks, one of the top club programs in the nation.
A four-year letterwinner at Wisconsin, Barker, then Carrie Maier, captained the 1994 Big Ten Tournament Championship team and helped the Badgers reach the NCAA quarterfinals in three seasons, including a national runner-up finish in 1991. Individually, Barker was named a second-team central region All-American in 1990.
Following her collegiate career, Barker played five seasons in the "W" League, two years of semi-pro soccer in Denmark and was part of the WUSA, the first women's professional soccer league, in 2000.
Barker has vast experience in international competition as a member of the U.S. Olympic Festival team from 1997-99, Olympic Development regional team from 1995-99 and having played or coached in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Holland, Sweden and Belgium.
The Farmington Hills, Mich., native became the first female inducted into the Farmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Barker, who was born in Bogota, Colombia, graduated from Wisconsin in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in recreation resource management.
Barker replaces Marci Jobson, who left Northern Illinois in December after three seasons. The Huskies posted a 10-5-5 record in 2007, their highest victory total since 1998, and reached the MAC Tournament quarterfinals for the second consecutive season.
"I respect all the former coaches I have known through the years at NIU, both personally and professionally, and they have done a great job," said Barker. "This is a perfect time to step into the program with a young team that is coming off an outstanding season in 2007. The future looks bright and I have high expectations for taking the program to the next level."
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT Carrie Barker
"Carrie is a tremendous college soccer coach. She will bring high expectations and excitement into the team. Carrie will be able to challenge the players to be competitors and winners at a high level. She is very loyal and dedicated. Carrie is a wonderful person to be around and a fabulous recruiter. She has had many great experiences and successes in soccer. She is very well respected, always strives for quality, and cares about the community she lives in. Carrie will make the university and alumni proud of their women's soccer program." - Dean Duerst, former Wisconsin women's soccer head coach
"I think Carrie is a great choice and a great fit as head coach at Northern Illinois. She is ready for a head coaching position and is enthusiastic, energetic and very competitive. I think she will be a huge success there. Carrie is very organized and has great ideas. At Michigan, she was very much a part of our game planning and our success. I have never had a doubt that she would make a successful head coach." - Debbie Rademacher, former Michigan head coach
"I am extremely excited for Carrie and her opportunity to be the head coach at Northern Illinois after being involved in soccer for so long. Playing for her at Michigan was a great experience. She was always very encouraging and someone you could go to for a real answer. She is direct and very knowledgeable about the game. This is a great fit for her leadership style and an opportunity to give more back to the game. I think she will do an awesome job at Northern Illinois." - Abby Crumpton, former Michigan player and current assistant coach
Born: Nov. 18, 1971
Birthplace: Bogota, Colombia
Hometown: Farmington Hills, Mich.
High School: Farmington High School
College: University of Wisconsin, 1995; B.S., recreation resource management
Family: Husband, Stuart
College Coaching Experience
Assistant Coach, Wisconsin, 2004-06
Assistant Coach, Michigan, 1997-2003
Club Coaching Experience
Staff, Wisconsin Olympic Development Program, 2005-06
Staff, U-14 National Camp, 2004
Staff, Michigan Olympic Development Program U-18, 1995, 1997-2002
Staff, Michigan Hawks, 1996
Staff, Region II Olympic Development Program, 1990-93
NSCAA central region second-team All-American, 1990
NCAA championship runner-up, 1990
Big Ten champions, 1994
Wisconsin team captain, 1994
World Cup Organizing Committee, Detroit 1994
Olympic Festival selection, 1997-99
W-League Combine, 2000
Farmington High School Hall of Fame, 2001