INDIANAPOLIS (iupuijags.com) -- The IUPUI Athletics Department and Director of Athletics Dr. Roderick Perry have announced that Brian Barnett has been named the next head coach of the Jaguars' men's soccer program. Barnett comes to IUPUI from Bradley University where he's been on staff since the 2009 season. He becomes the sixth head coach in IUPUI history and replaces Isang Jacob, who resigned in July.
"I'm beyond excited. It's an excellent opportunity for both me and my family," Barnett said. "Indianapolis is what I consider a classic Midwest city in that it's big enough to have a lot of things going on, but small enough that it has a small community feel about it.
"You have to work hard everyday and good things happen to those who work hard. I feel lucky to have been prepared when the opportunity came forward and I'm fortunate enough to seize that opportunity. Now I'm looking forward to getting started and building upon the program's past successes."
"I'm excited to welcome Coach Barnett to IUPUI," Perry said. "He brings a wealth of Division I coaching experience with three NCAA tournament appearances and two conference championships. He is committed to academic and competitive success while maintaining the student-athlete experience as an integral part of his coaching philosophy.
"He will represent IUPUI in a first-class manner and build upon the past successes of the program through alumni involvement."
Barnett is widely considered a rising star in the coaching ranks, having been named among the inaugural "30-Under-30" Class by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2013. He has been involved in all facets of directing the Bradley men's soccer program and elevated to Associate Head Coach in January 2016.
He helped Bradley to two Missouri Valley Conference titles and three NCAA Tournament (2010, 2011 and 2013) appearances in a four-year span. The Braves collected a pair of NCAA Tournament victories during that stretch and knocked off the nation's top-ranked team on the road in 2013 (1-0 win at UConn). In 2011, the Braves finished 15-6-2 which included a first round tournament win before falling to No. 14 Louisville in double overtime. Two years later, Barnett helped BU to a 3-2 opening round win at No. 3 Northwestern in the NCAA Tournament before ultimately falling to No. 6 California.
All total, Bradley collected seven wins over nationally ranked foes in a four-year stretch and closed the 2011 season with a No. 25 national ranking of its own.
Barnett was a standout player at Division III Aurora (Ill.) University where he was a four-year starter in the defensive third. He helped the Spartans to the 2006 NCAA Tournament and captained the 2008 squad to a 14-8-1 record while earning first team All-Northern Athletics Conference honors. He earned 66 career starts among his 73 appearances, helping the Spartans to a 44-21-11 record.
He graduated from Aurora in 2009 with his bachelor's degree in business administration, maintaining a 3.5 grade point average throughout. He was a three-time Northern Athletics Conference Scholar Athlete and earned Aurora's Ivy Leaf Award in 2006 and 2007. He also served as president of Aurora's Student-Athlete Advisor Committee (SAAC) during his final two academic years.
Barnett got his start in coaching at the club level for the Strikers Fox Valley Soccer Club, where he began as a staff head coach in 2005. In addition, Barnett began working current Bradley head coach Jim DeRose's Central Illinois Soccer Academy summer camps in 2006.
Barnett was a standout player at Peoria Notre Dame High School and holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
He will begin duties immediately as the Jaguars have a preseason game scheduled against UIC for Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 5:00 p.m. at the on-campus Michael A. Carroll Stadium.
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