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Barry McNamara steps down as head coach

November 6, 2015

Photo courtesy of Sue Flint

As the women’s soccer team won their last game of the season, they also won Coach Barry McNamara his last match as the women’s head soccer coach. McNamara has been leading the Scots to success since taking over as head coach in November of 2002.

“When I first accepted this position, I had no idea where it would lead, but it’s safe to say the experience has far exceeded my expectations,” said McNamara. “It has been very rewarding to me. I’m sure I’ll miss it, but in this time of even more competition on the recruiting trail, it’s time for someone with renewed energy to come in and tackle the task of bringing the next generation of women’s soccer players to Monmouth.”

This past season was his final ride as head coach and he will step down with an all time record of 106-101-21 after 13 years of coaching. His 106 wins as head coach makes him the winningest coach in the history of Monmouth’s Women’s soccer coaches.

McNamara’s victories weren’t the only accolades in his career as he was able to reach the playoffs four times over the course of his coaching career. However, McNamara doesn’t point to his victories or playoff experience as the accomplishments he’s most proud, rather it was the numerous academic awards achieved by his players over the years.

“After Barry told us he was not going to be coaching next year it seemed like the team as a whole really decided to turn around,” said senior Allie DeArvil. “We were able to end the season for him in a three game winning streak. One of the biggest things for me was doing everything in my power to ensure that we did not lose to Knox because in Barry’s 13 years he never lost against Knox.”

The Scot’s earned three national academic team awards while McNamara has been at the helm. McNamara holds the honor of being able to coach the program’s first Academic All-American when alumna Amy Horneck received the honor in 2005.

McNamara’s amassed many great memories of his teams over his 13-year coaching career.

“Each of the playoff teams brought a different memory,” said McNamara. “I remember when our team “arrived” as a strong team, beating Lake Forest on our home field 2-0, and sharing that moment with Coach Johnston.

Other coaching moments he holds dear include a 2013 team that won a 3-2 thriller over Lake Forest to advance to the team’s first and only Midwest Conference championship game.

“Barry McNamara devoted an incredible amount of time to coaching,” said Johnston. “Making it to conference finals in 2013 is a testimony to his coaching effectiveness. He was a pleasure to assist and I have many fond memories of my own coaching days thanks to Barry’s demeanor, character and work ethic.”

McNamara’s absence will be felt both on and off the field for the Women’s team. Not only did he serve as the team’s coach on the field, but off the field as well.

“He was more than just a coach,” said senior Emily Flint. “He was a mentor for school and life as well. He and his wife have opened their house to the entire team multiple times to let us come over and hang out. He helped create a family atmosphere that helped cultivate our team chemistry and the respect we have for one another.”

While McNamara will walk off Peacock Memorial field one last time, he will continue to serve Monmouth College in his role as associate director of college communications. Monmouth thanks you for your service coach McNamara.

Anthony Matozzi
Sports Editor

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