Colin Barnes joined the Columbus State Women’s Soccer coaching staff as a Graduate Assistant in January 2011. He will be studying to attain his Masters in Teaching.
In his first season on the sidelines with the Lady Cougars, Barnes helped lead an inexperience team to a 16-4-3 record and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. CSU also reached the Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship game for the sixth time in the past seven years.
He coached the Peach Belt Conference Co-Player of the Year, the PBC Freshman of the Year, two All-Americans and six All-Region players in 2011. Barnes also picked up some hardware of his own as he was named the NSCAA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Barnes arrived in Columbus with a very extensive coaching background at the club level, as well as the Olympic Development Program in North Carolina and Georgia.
During his playing days, he was a four-year letter winner with UNC Asheville helping lead the Bulldogs to a Big South Regular Season Championship his senior season while serving as a team captain. He was a First Team All-Big South selection in both his junior and senior seasons.
After his collegiate career, Barnes played professionally with the Wilmington Hammerheads of the D3 United Soccer League and played in the USL National Finals. He then began coaching full-time with the local club in Wilmington, Cape Fear SA, serving as the Assistant Director of Coaching. This is also where he began working in the ODP with North Carolina as an assistant coach and as a coaching education instructor for the USSF “D” and “E” Licenses.
The Alabama native has been part of the Georgia ODP staff since September 2004 serving as an assistant coach for three separate teams before taking over as the Head Coach of the 1994 Girls. In March of last year, Barnes lead the '94G GA ODP Team to a 3rd Place finish at the ODP National Championships after winning the ODP Regional Championship in 2010.
He has been heavily involved in the coaching and administration with 6 clubs over the past decade, Highland FC (NC), Cape Fear (NC), Port City SC (NC), Peachtree City Lazers (GA), Chicago Magic (IL) and Concorde Fire (GA).
Barnes has had the opportunity of working with some of the leading coaches and players in the entire nation. The last three clubs have all been ranked in the top 25 Clubs in America by Soccer America, while he's been there: Peachtree City Lazers (#14 for Girls), Chicago Magic (#1 for Boys) and Concorde Fire (#16 for Boys).
Barnes currently holds the USSF “A” Coaching License and also has a NSCAA Level II Goalkeeping License.