Tim Barrera
University of Northern Colorado
Tim Barrera
Head Soccer Coach
tim.barrera@unco.edu
University of Northern Colorado

Division 1


Barrera enters 2016 with a 220-188-34 record in his 23rd career as a head coach, and bolsters a 159-143-32 record at the helm of UNC. He has more than doubled the previous Northern Colorado record for wins by a soccer head coach and now has more wins than the rest of the UNC soccer coaches combined. In 2015, Barrera led the Bears to a 13-8-2 overall record, 7-2-1 mark in conference and a Big Sky Championship title after defeating the University of Idaho in penalty kicks. Barreras first conference title earned the Bears a NCAA tournament berth, where they faced the PAC-12s Arizona Wildcats. Barreras talented squad didnt go unnoticed last season. In total, five UNC players collected post-season honor. Madeline Chase and Kassy Castillo made the NSCAA All-West Region team, and both picked up Big Sky Conference awards along with Adrienne Jordan, Mariel Gutierrez and Brooke Braden. Thirteen players were given Big Sky All-Academic honors. Jordan also became the Berras first National Womens Soccer League (NWSL) draftee, going in the fourth round to the Chicago Red Stars. She has since signed to play with Swedens Ostersund. In his 18th season leading the Bears, he is the longest-tenured head coach at Northern Colorado. Barrera and the Bears made a trip back to the Big Sky Championships for the fourth time in 2014 after finishing with a 5-2-2 record in conference play in 2015. No team was able to come into Greeley and leave with a win, as the Bears finished 4-0-3 at Jackson Stadium. The team also was recognized for the fourth straight year for academic performance by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. After the 2014 campaign, seven student-athletes were honored to the Big Sky All-Conference team while Natalie D'Adamio earned Co-Goalkeeper of the Year, her second consecutive award. Thirteen were also named to the Big Sky All-Academic team. Following a banner 2011 season, Barreras team got off to a strong start in 2012, going 3-0 to open Big Sky Conference play and earning a ranking in a national poll before falling shy of qualifying for the conference tournament via a fourth-place tiebreaker with Weber State. The Big Sky recognized eight members of the team to the All-Conference teams that year, including DAdamio, who was named Goalkeeper of the Year.  Twelve soccer student-athletes were named to the Big Skys All-Academic team. Led by a number of gifted seniors, 2011 was one of Barrera's best with the Bears as he helped lead Northern Colorado to a share of its first Big Sky Conference Soccer championship. The Bears finished the season with an 8-7-5 (4-1-2 Big Sky) record and tied with Portland State for the best conference record in the Big Sky. Since the Bears defeated Portland State earlier in the year, they earned the right to host their first Big Sky Women's Soccer Championship. Eventually, Barrera saw his team's season end in a penalty-kicks loss to Montana in the tournament semifinals. Barrera's 2010 campaign was a success, as he led the Bears to a 10-6-3 overall mark and a fourth-place finish in the Big Sky. The team qualified for its second trip to the Big Sky Conference Tournament after the season. In 2009, coach Barrera led his young team to a 6-10-1 overall mark while finishing in a tie for sixth place in the conference.  The season was marked by the coming-out of sophomore sensation, Ariel Cook, who became the Bears' leading scorer. In his tenth season with the Bears, Barrera led his squad to a 7-13-0 overall record.  The team struggled to compete on the road, but finished the season with a 6-4 mark at home.  Barrera's team finished in seventh place in the Big Sky with a 2-5-0 record. In 2008, Barrera, who led the Bears to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments at the Division II level, helped Northern Colorado through the reclassification process, which the athletic department completed prior to the 2007 school year. To go along with his most recent Big Sky championship, Barrera has also led Northern Colorado to a pair of North Central Conference Championships (1999 and 2001) and a pair of Division II NCAA Tournament berths (2001 and 2002). His squads have also won six NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Team Academic awards, four NSCAA Team Ethics awards, set or tied 15 school records and won 13 or more games four times. In his first year at the helm of the Bears' program in 1999, Barrera was named NCC coach of the year for his efforts. In 2007, Barrera led the Bears to the Big Sky Conference Championship game in their first year of postseason eligibility since the reclassification . It was the first time in school history that any sport had accomplished such a feat.   In total, Barrera has coached 13 all-region and 52 all-conference selections at Northern Colorado. Barrera helped Northern Colorado's Mandy Nilsen become a two-time All-American in 1999 and 2001. She was the only Division II athlete to make the NSCAA/adidas All-American Scholar first-team, and she graduated from Northern Colorado holding virtually every Bears scoring record. Before joining the Northern Colorado staff, Barrera served as head coach at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y. In five years there, he led the Soaring Eagles to five consecutive winning seasons, posting a 58-31-3 (.647) record overall. During Barrera's tenure, Elmira earned its first NCAA and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) postseason appearances (1997 and 1998). In the process, Barrera produced six NSCAA Regional All-American performers and six NSCAA All-Academic Scholars, while his squads received team academic and ethics awards from the NSCAA in 1997 and 1998. While at Elmira, Barrera was also active in the governance of collegiate women's soccer, as he served as the chairman of the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletics Association (NYSWCAA) Soccer Committee. He was also a member of the New York Regional Ranking Committee. Prior to arriving at Elmira, Barrera spent one year (1993) as head women's coach at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., one year as director of player development at the Northeast Attack Soccer Club (in Wilkes-Barre) and one year as a student assistant coach at Virginia Tech. He holds a B License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and a premier diploma from the NSCAA. Barrera earned his bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in 1986 and his master's degree from Elmira College in 1998. While at Virginia Tech, he was a four-year starter (1981-84) and graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer with 19 goals. He was named to the Virginia All-State team as a senior (1984) and was also honored as the team's most valuable player after helping the Hokies to an 8-8-2 record under legendary coach Jerry Cheynet (238 career wins). Barrera, who was born in Ithaca, N.Y. but raised in Freehold, N.J., serves as Northern Colorado's director of soccer camps, and also works with the Northern Colorado Soccer Club and is a member of the Colorado State Youth Soccer Association (CSYSA) State Olympic Development Program staff.


Tim Barrera
Head Soccer Coach




Tim Barrera enters 2016 with a 220-188-34 record in his 23rd career as a head coach, and bolsters a 159-143-32 record at the helm of UNC. He has more than doubled the previous Northern Colorado record for wins by a soccer head coach and now has more wins than the rest of the UNC soccer coaches combined. In 2015, Barrera led the Bears to a 13-8-2 overall record, 7-2-1 mark in conference and a Big Sky Championship title after defeating the University of Idaho in penalty kicks. Barreras first conference title earned the Bears a NCAA tournament berth, where they faced the PAC-12s Arizona Wildcats. Barreras talented squad didnt go unnoticed last season. In total, five UNC players collected post-season honor. Madeline Chase and Kassy Castillo made the NSCAA All-West Region team, and both picked up Big Sky Conference awards along with Adrienne Jordan, Mariel Gutierrez and Brooke Braden. Thirteen players were given Big Sky All-Academic honors. Jordan also became the Berras first National Womens Soccer League (NWSL) draftee, going in the fourth round to the Chicago Red Stars. She has since signed to play with Swedens Ostersund. In his 18th season leading the Bears, he is the longest-tenured head coach at Northern Colorado. Barrera and the Bears made a trip back to the Big Sky Championships for the fourth time in 2014 after finishing with a 5-2-2 record in conference play in 2015. No team was able to come into Greeley and leave with a win, as the Bears finished 4-0-3 at Jackson Stadium. The team also was recognized for the fourth straight year for academic performance by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. After the 2014 campaign, seven student-athletes were honored to the Big Sky All-Conference team while Natalie D'Adamio earned Co-Goalkeeper of the Year, her second consecutive award. Thirteen were also named to the Big Sky All-Academic team. Following a banner 2011 season, Barreras team got off to a strong start in 2012, going 3-0 to open Big Sky Conference play and earning a ranking in a national poll before falling shy of qualifying for the conference tournament via a fourth-place tiebreaker with Weber State. The Big Sky recognized eight members of the team to the All-Conference teams that year, including DAdamio, who was named Goalkeeper of the Year.  Twelve soccer student-athletes were named to the Big Skys All-Academic team. Led by a number of gifted seniors, 2011 was one of Barrera's best with the Bears as he helped lead Northern Colorado to a share of its first Big Sky Conference Soccer championship. The Bears finished the season with an 8-7-5 (4-1-2 Big Sky) record and tied with Portland State for the best conference record in the Big Sky. Since the Bears defeated Portland State earlier in the year, they earned the right to host their first Big Sky Women's Soccer Championship. Eventually, Barrera saw his team's season end in a penalty-kicks loss to Montana in the tournament semifinals. Barrera's 2010 campaign was a success, as he led the Bears to a 10-6-3 overall mark and a fourth-place finish in the Big Sky. The team qualified for its second trip to the Big Sky Conference Tournament after the season. In 2009, coach Barrera led his young team to a 6-10-1 overall mark while finishing in a tie for sixth place in the conference.  The season was marked by the coming-out of sophomore sensation, Ariel Cook, who became the Bears' leading scorer. In his tenth season with the Bears, Barrera led his squad to a 7-13-0 overall record.  The team struggled to compete on the road, but finished the season with a 6-4 mark at home.  Barrera's team finished in seventh place in the Big Sky with a 2-5-0 record. In 2008, Barrera, who led the Bears to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments at the Division II level, helped Northern Colorado through the reclassification process, which the athletic department completed prior to the 2007 school year. To go along with his most recent Big Sky championship, Barrera has also led Northern Colorado to a pair of North Central Conference Championships (1999 and 2001) and a pair of Division II NCAA Tournament berths (2001 and 2002). His squads have also won six NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Team Academic awards, four NSCAA Team Ethics awards, set or tied 15 school records and won 13 or more games four times. In his first year at the helm of the Bears' program in 1999, Barrera was named NCC coach of the year for his efforts. In 2007, Barrera led the Bears to the Big Sky Conference Championship game in their first year of postseason eligibility since the reclassification . It was the first time in school history that any sport had accomplished such a feat.   In total, Barrera has coached 13 all-region and 52 all-conference selections at Northern Colorado. Barrera helped Northern Colorado's Mandy Nilsen become a two-time All-American in 1999 and 2001. She was the only Division II athlete to make the NSCAA/adidas All-American Scholar first-team, and she graduated from Northern Colorado holding virtually every Bears scoring record. Before joining the Northern Colorado staff, Barrera served as head coach at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y. In five years there, he led the Soaring Eagles to five consecutive winning seasons, posting a 58-31-3 (.647) record overall. During Barrera's tenure, Elmira earned its first NCAA and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) postseason appearances (1997 and 1998). In the process, Barrera produced six NSCAA Regional All-American performers and six NSCAA All-Academic Scholars, while his squads received team academic and ethics awards from the NSCAA in 1997 and 1998. While at Elmira, Barrera was also active in the governance of collegiate women's soccer, as he served as the chairman of the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletics Association (NYSWCAA) Soccer Committee. He was also a member of the New York Regional Ranking Committee. Prior to arriving at Elmira, Barrera spent one year (1993) as head women's coach at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., one year as director of player development at the Northeast Attack Soccer Club (in Wilkes-Barre) and one year as a student assistant coach at Virginia Tech. He holds a B License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and a premier diploma from the NSCAA. Barrera earned his bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in 1986 and his master's degree from Elmira College in 1998. While at Virginia Tech, he was a four-year starter (1981-84) and graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer with 19 goals. He was named to the Virginia All-State team as a senior (1984) and was also honored as the team's most valuable player after helping the Hokies to an 8-8-2 record under legendary coach Jerry Cheynet (238 career wins). Barrera, who was born in Ithaca, N.Y. but raised in Freehold, N.J., serves as Northern Colorado's director of soccer camps, and also works with the Northern Colorado Soccer Club and is a member of the Colorado State Youth Soccer Association (CSYSA) State Olympic Development Program staff.