Eric Barnes enters his third season as an assistant/goalkeepers coach with the University of Pittsburgh men's soccer program. A former Pitt goalkeeper and Pitt law student, Barnes' primary responsibility is the training of current Pitt goalkeepers on proper techniques and strategies. Barnes also assists in recruiting.
Prior to joining the Pitt staff, Barnes played professionally for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL-2) during the 2009 season and for the Carolina Dynamo (PDL - USL Premier Development league) in 2007. The Dynamo were the Southeast Division champions and advanced to the league finals before falling to the eventual national champions, Laredo Heat.
Barnes serves as the Director of Goalkeeping for FC Pittsburgh and was recently named a member of the NSCAA National Goalkeeper Staff. In this role with the largest coaching association in the world, he will travel to various locations throughout the U.S. to teach coaches how to properly train their goalkeepers. Barnes is also a grade 7 USSF Referee, as well as a member of the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association. Barnes travels throughout the region officiating collegiate, adult and elite youth soccer matches.
Barnes played collegiately for two years at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., while obtaining his bachelor's degree and two years at Pitt while earning his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. While with the Patriots, Barnes was named the Colonial Athletic Association rookie of the week in September 2005 and was the inaugural recipient of the Martin Dunphy Goalkeeper of the Year Award. He registered a 0.99 goals against average in 14 games. In addition, Barnes recorded 63 saves, complied a .808 save percentage and finished with five shutouts. The South Carolina native also earned the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award, National Dean's List and Athletic Director's Honor Roll accolades.
At Pitt, Eric was selected to the Big East weekly honor roll in September 2008 and was named a member of the University of Pittsburgh Scholar-Athlete All-Academic Team in both 2007 and 2008. Barnes - who played in 21 games - registered six wins with two shutouts, recorded 88 saves and finished his two-year career with a 1.42 goals against average.
A 2004 graduate of South Aiken High School in Aiken, S.C., Barnes earned a bachelor's degree in health, fitness and recreation resources with a concentration in sport management in 2007 from George Mason University. In 2010, Barnes was awarded his Juris Doctor from University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Barnes holds an NSCAA AdvancedNational Diploma and an NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.
Coach Luxbacher on Eric:"Eric has transferred his passion for the game from playing to coaching. He is a self-motivated student of the game who provides our goalkeepers with much-needed instruction and experience everyday at practice and in games."