Dawn Barnes enters her first year with the Pitt volleyball staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Barnes spent the previous three years as the USAV/Head Coach for the Williamson County Select Volleyball team in Nashville, Tenn. She led the team to a first-place finish in the silver division at the 2009 CBU tournament. In 2008, Barnes led the squad to the Big South Tournament Championship, a first place finish at the Impact Tournament and third place honors at the Choo Choo City Tournament.
During her time at Williamson County Select, Barnes also served as a recruiting coordinator. Throughout her coaching career she has had 13 women go on to play collegiate volleyball. Four players have gone on to NCAA Division I teams, two to DII teams, four to DIII teams and three to NAIA teams. Barnes also spent three seasons with the Impact Volleyball Club under the USAV.
Prior to coaching in the USAV, Barnes served as an assistant women's coach for Vassar College from August 1996 to May 1998. While at Vassar for two years, she coordinated all aspects of a NCAA Division III volleyball program including recruiting and fundraising. Barnes was also responsible for on-court training, conditioning of the athletes, scouting opponents and match preparation.
A member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Barnes also worked as an assistant coach at Augustana College in Illinois (1993-95). She assisted with practice planning, game coordination and tactical preparation. In 1993, she helped lead Augustana to its first CCIW Conference Championship.
In 1992 she was invited to the Pan-Am/World University and National Team Tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a player. She was a USA High Performance Tryouts Court Coach in 1997, 2007 and 2008, and worked in the 1996 Olympic Games as an Assistant Supervisor of Athlete Services. Barnes also served as a graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky from 1995-96.
A graduate of Teikyo Marycrest University in 1993, Barnes earned her degree in psychology with a minor in both nursing and coaching. While at Marycrest, she was a four-year All-Midwest Conference volleyball selection, and also competed in varsity basketball.
She currently serves as a Sales Consultant at Front Rush, a contact management solution application for colleges and universities.