SEATTLE – Accomplished collegiate tennis coach Joey Barnes has been named the new Head Coach of Seattle University’s men’s and women’s tennis programs, Director of Athletics Shaney Fink announced Wednesday.
With stops at Maryland, Florida Gulf Coast, Upper Iowa and South Dakota State during his nearly 25-year career, Barnes brings more than 15 years of head coaching experience to the Redhawk programs.
“Joey has tremendous experience as a leader and as an educator,” said Fink. “He has 20-plus years of coaching experience, including 15 as a head coach, Joey will serve not only as an excellent mentor to our student-athletes but also as an asset to the entire athletics department. We are excited to welcome Joey Barnes to the Redhawk family.”
Barnes spent the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons as the head coach of the men’s and women’s programs at South Dakota State. He produced multiple academically honored student-athletes, including distinguished scholars, Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence and academic honor roll. He guided one male player to wild card entry into a Men’s Professional Tour qualifying event and coached a women’s doubles team to an undefeated regular-season of play.
"I would like to thank our Director of Athletics Shaney Fink, Assistant Athletics Director for Ticketing and Development, Bill Peck and the entire search committee for selecting me as the Head Coach of both the men’s and women's tennis programs,” Barnes said. “I am very humbled and honored to be chosen to lead such an outstanding academic and athletic group of talented tennis players.
“Seattle University's rich history of producing great leaders, thinkers as well as very accomplished tennis players, makes it an outstanding place for students-athletes and coaches, like myself, to dream and prosper,” Barnes continued. “My family and I are looking forward to becoming members of the SU academic body, SU athletics family and the entire Seattle community. I'm excited to get to work and to begin our journey. Go Redhawks!"
Prior to SDSU, Barnes served four seasons as the head women's tennis coach at Upper Iowa University, where he compiled a 45-29 overall dual record, including a 33-10 mark in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matches. The Peacocks improved from a sixth-place finish in the NSIC his first season to back-to-back runner-up showings in 2015 and 2016.
While still serving in the United States Navy, Barnes joined the University of Maryland coaching staff as a volunteer assistant for both the men's and tennis teams, starting in 1994. He was elevated to a full-time women's assistant coach in 2003, helping lead the Terrapins to NCAA Tournament berths in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He also served a stint as interim head coach for the program, which finished the 2005-06 season ranked in the top 35 nationally.
In 2008, Barnes moved on to Florida Gulf Coast University as an assistant women's coach for four-plus seasons. While at FGCU, he helped coach five all-Atlantic Sun Conference performers.
Aside from collegiate coaching, Barnes was senior tennis director of the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Academy in Rockville, Maryland, from 2002-07 and was assistant director of Tennis Dynamics in Naples, Fla, from 2009-12.