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Colin Barnes

Colin Barnes


Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 6275 ext. 6275 Room no. RM239


Colin is a licensed coach in America holding a US Soccer A Licence, US Soccer National Goalkeeping Licence, US Youth Soccer National Youth Licence, and United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma.  He holds a B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in Atmospheric Sciences and a master's in Teaching Physical Education from Columbus State University. He is currently completing his PhD in Sport Pedagogy at the University of Alabama.

Over the years, he has worked with a wide variety of players and teams from youth clubs around the country, acting as a technical director, academy director, and staff coach.  Most recently, he has been working with university women’s football teams, Columbus State University and the University of Alabama. He also worked with talent identification through the Olympic Development Program in Region III, as well at US Soccer National Training Centres in Atlanta, GA.

While at the University of Alabama, he taught numerous units in the Kinesiology Department, primarily with physical activity classes and PE teacher education training.  He also works with US Soccer as a coach educator on staff with the US Soccer C Licence and continues to teach in the US Soccer Grassroots Instructor Licence. He has taught many state licenses at the local level.

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Further information

  1. Industry experience

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    • Volunteer assistant women’s assistant coach, University of Alabama, 2016-2019
    • Graduate assistant women’s assistant coach, Columbus State University, 2011-2013
    • Technical director, Concorde Fire Soccer Association, 2006-2010
    • Staff coach, Chicago Magic, 2006
    • Academy director, Peach Tree City Soccer Association, 2004-2006
    • Director of coaching, Port City Storm, 2003-2004
    • Assistant director of coaching, Cape Fear Soccer Association, 2002-2003
  2. Teaching experience

    Colin has been a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Alabama (2015-19); coach educator - Grassroots Instructor Licence, US Soccer (2018-19); and coach educator - State Licences, US Soccer (2003-19).
  3. Research interests

    Colin's research interests lie in coach learning, formal coaching education, observational tools for heading in football, and observational tools for goalkeeping in football.
  4. Awards

    Colin has been awarded NSCAA Youth Boy's Coach of the Year - South Region (2016), and NSCAA Women's Assistant Coach of the Year - Atlantic Region (2011).
  5. Work in progress

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    • Adherence to the Youth Soccer Heading Ban and the Pedagogical Impacts from Coaches.
    • Developing a Goalkeeper Systematic Observational Tool for Soccer.
    • Evaluation of a Youth Soccer Coaching Course’s Effectiveness.
    • Statistical Analysis of Heading at the Men’s 2018 World Cup Finals.