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LCU Chaps announce Matt Barnes as new soccer coach

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From Lubbock Christian University:

LUBBOCK, TX – Lubbock Christian University and athletic director Paul Hise have announced Matt Barnes as the new head coach for the Chaparrals men's soccer program.

Barnes, a 41 year-old native of Bakersfield, Calif., comes to Lubbock from Prescott, Ariz., where he served as the head coach of the men's soccer program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In two seasons at the helm of the Eagles, Barnes had a coaching record of 23-11-6. He took over the Eagles in 2011 and helped lead them to a 9-8-3 record and to their first postseason win in program history. Last season, the Eagles went 14-3-3 and finished the regular season ranked No.16 in the NAIA (finished No.21 in the final postseason poll). They claimed the California Pacific Conference title last season and earned a trip to the NAIA National Championship, where they fell in the opening round to No.13 Concordia. The CalPac honored Barnes with the conference's Coach of the Year accolade. Embry-Riddle ranked 11th in total goals in 2012 (69), with a per game average of 3.5 ranking ninth in the NAIA. Barnes coached two NAIA All-Americans last season and his team also received NSCAA Academic Team honors.

"I am thrilled to be at Lubbock Christian," said Barnes. "(Athletic director) Paul Hise painted a phenomenal picture for me about the potential of this young soccer program. I am looking forward to the challenge of transitioning to the NCAA, and I am committed on building something special here. I believe LCU is a character driven institution, and the young men we will be working with in this program will be outstanding representatives for this Christian university."

Prior to ERAU, he spent nearly 20 years coaching career has seen him be successful at every level possible. Barnes coached at the high school level in California (Centennial High School, Stockdale High School), where his teams claimed three CIF championships and three CIF Coach of the year honors.   At the collegiate level, he served on the staff at Cal-State Bakersfield, and was an integral part of their 1997 NCAA National Championship.   Barnes was an assistant coach for the Bakersfield Brigade of the USL Pro Development League, and several years working with youth clubs in the California central valley. For his work with youth soccer, Barnes has received the prestigious Nike Cal South Service Award.

A 1994 graduate of Judson University, Barnes was part of two NCCAA National Championship squads (1991, 1992), he was named NCCAA All-American, NAIA All-Region, and twice named NIIC All-Conference.   Barnes was strong in the classroom too, claiming academic honors in the NCCAA and the NAIA, including Academic All-American honors. He holds the NAIA single-game record for points (20) and has the second highest NNAIA single-game total for goals with eight in a game. He was voted Judson University Student-Athlete of the Year, and in 2009 he was inducted into the Judson University Hall of Fame. Following his collegiate career, Barnes played professionally for the Rockford Raptors of the USISL for a season before hanging up his boots to begin coaching. 

Barnes has as B.A. in Physical Education and General Science from Judson University, and a M.S. in Special Education from National University in La Jolla, CA. He is married to Morgan and the couple is expecting their first child in April.

The coaching vacancy had come open after the departure of Kyle Beard, as he left the program to accept the position at Faulkner University. In three seasons, Beard compiled a coaching record of 31-16-7 overall and 13-11-4 in Sooner Athletic Conference play. The Chaps, who have claimed trips to the SAC Tournament all three seasons, finished second in the regular season in 2011, leading to a runner-up finish in the SAC Tournament. Unfortunately they could not repeat their success this past season and finished seventh in the SAC.

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