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IU Northwest Athletics names Dawn Barnes head women’s volleyball coach

Thursday Jun 29, 2017

Indiana University Northwest Director of Athletics Ryan Shelton has announced the hiring of Dawn Barnes as its next head women’s volleyball coach. Barnes comes to IU Northwest from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Ill., where she held the same positon for the 2016 season.

Prior to Prairie State, Barnes spent three seasons at Chicago State University (CSU), on the Cougars’ coaching staff.  She served as the interim head coach for CSU in 2014 as it won its first home tournament in the program’s Division I history and produced 10 Academic All-WAC selections.

Before arriving at Chicago State, Barnes was a volunteer assistant coach at George Mason in 2012. She assisted the Patriots with coaching and game planning. Prior to George Mason, Barnes was the head coach at Howard University for two seasons. She coached three all-MEAC selections and five All-Academic selections and developed the Howard Volleyball Camps.

“We are excited to welcome Dawn Barnes to the IU Northwest community and RedHawks Athletics,” Shelton said. "Coach Barnes has extensive coaching experience at nearly every level of collegiate volleyball and is well connected on the club circuit. She has demonstrated proven ability to build a program and sustain both academic and on-court success and her energy and enthusiasm is contagious and well resonate with our student-athletes.”  

Barnes served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. She helped the Panthers to a 20-11 overall mark, including a school-record 12 wins in BIG EAST conference play. While at Pitt, she coached the BIG EAST Player of the Year, Libero of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year. She was responsible for technical team practice coordination and match preparation. Barnes also has collegiate coaching experience at Vassar, Eastern Kentucky, and Augustana College.

Barnes is also active with the USA High Performance tryouts, developmental camps and clinics at various locations throughout the nation. She has previously worked camps at Butler and Purdue Universities.
Barnes has extensive experience with several volleyball clubs, having spent the last three seasons coaching with Michio Chicago Volleyball Academy.  She previously served as the director of recruiting at the NVVA Club in Sterling, Va. and also has experience with Metro American, Select and Pittsburgh Elite volleyball clubs.

“I am thrilled to become a part of the RedHawk Family” Barnes said. “From the moment I stepped on campus, I felt a part of the RedHawk family. I would like to thank Ryan Shelton and the search committee for believing in my vision and allowing me this opportunity. I'm excited to build a championship program and players in the process. I look forward to bring my vision to a reality.”

Barnes is a 1993 graduate of Teikyo Marycrest University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology while playing four years of varsity volleyball, earning All-Conference and All-Region honors.

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