Carrying a resume that includes extensive experience across all levels of soccer, Chris Barrett is in his eighth season as an assistant coach after joining the women's soccer program in 2010.
In the Summer of 2017, Barrett rejoined the RU Men's Soccer Staff as an assistant coach in charge of Goalkeeper training.
With his assistance, RU's defensive juggernaut (58 shutouts, Big South record 14 in 2012) has keyed Radford to three Big South regular season titles and two tournament championships. In doing so, the Highlanders advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament where they met eventual national champion North Carolina (2012) and national runner-up Duke (2011).
Under his tutelage, Barrett groomed Che' Brown into arguably one of the best goalkeepers in Radford and Big South history. From the time Brown came in as a freshman to when she signed a professional contract in March of 2014, she littered the program's and league's record books. She is the conference's only four-time first team goalkeeper and is just second Highlander with four first-team nods.
Barrett, who spent the previous five seasons as an assistant on the men's side (second stint), has roots with Radford that run deep: not only was he a four-year standout with the Highlanders, his development as a coach began and continues at his alma mater. The 1996 Radford graduate made his return to campus in 2006 and began molding the Highlander goalkeepers.
Under his guidance, Zach Roszel earned all-conference honors in 2006 and two seasons later posted the leagues top save percentage (.821) and fought through an injury-plagued season to post the Big Souths second-best goals against average (0.92).
Before making his return to the New River Valley, Barretts coaching career has included stops at the college, professional, club and high school levels in locations from Christiansburg to Georgia. His impact has been felt throughout southeastern soccer, most notably during his four years in Greenville, S.C. Barrett was co-director of Greenville FC, as well as the programs director of player development.
Barrett has also spent time as a coach and director with the Rockdale (Ga.) Youth Soccer Association and Port City Soccer Club (N.C.), along with collegiate assistant coaching stints at UNC Wilmington and West Virginia and ODPs in Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.
With the Highlanders, Barrett was a two-year team captain and a Second Team All-Big South selection in 1994. He finished his career with 207 saves, which is fifth in the program annals.
Right after his playing days concluded, Barretts coaching career began as an assistant to Spencer Smith. Under Smith and Barretts guidance from 1995-98, the Highlanders won 43 games and claimed their first Big South regular season title. He also volunteered his time as a goalkeeper coach for the Radford womens team.
Barrett earned his bachelors from Radford in leisure services and recently earned his teaching certificate for physical education and health. Chris and his wife Angie reside in Floyd, Va. with their daughters Seyda and Ellie.
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