David Barrett Named Head Coach of Fairfield Women’s Soccer

David Barrett will take over as head coach of the Stags women’s soccer team after spending the previous 17 years as the head coach at Illinois Wesleyan University. He achieved significant postseason success during his tenure there, earning NCAA tournament bids in eight of the last nine years and recording an overall winning percentage of .712. Barrett, a native of Hadley, Mass., returns to New England to become the fifth head coach in the history of the Fairfield women’s soccer program.

As head coach of the Illinois Wesleyan women’s soccer team, Barrett’s teams reached the postseason every year since 2002, appearing in the conference tournament finals ten times and the NCAA tournament ten times including eight of the last nine years. The past four seasons for Illinois Wesleyan have been four of the best in school history. Each year the program either won the conference title or finished as the runner-up, earning trips to the NCAA tournament. In the classroom, Barrett’s student-athletes averaged a 3.30 GPA over the past ten years.

“It is with great excitement that we announce David Barrett as the next head coach of our women’s soccer program,” said Director of Athletics Paul Schlickmann. “Coach Barrett has an exceptional track record of success at every stop in his educational and professional journey. His soccer acumen and his knowledge of the national soccer scene will serve him well as the leader of our program.”