Highly-successful head field hockey coach Lindsey Barbacow has stepped down from her position as professor of health and physical education and head field hockey coach at the University of Mary Washington, as announced by Interim Director of Athletics Patrick Catullo. Barbacow will assume a position in the athletic department at her alma mater, Salisbury University, in the fall.
"Lindsey has been a great coach and colleague for the last seven years", said Catullo. "She has guided numerous championship teams and has made a real impact on her student-athletes and on our department as well. We will miss her and wish her the best as she takes on her new role at Salisbury University."
In seven seasons at the helm of UMW field hockey, Barbacow registered a 101-34 record, leading the Eagles to top-15 national rankings every year, and advanced to the 2012 NCAA Division III Final Four.
"I've truly enjoyed my time at Mary Washington over the past seven years, and I will always cherish the relationships that I developed with my colleagues and former players", said Barbacow. "I would like to thank Dr. Hegmann and Dana Hall for taking a chance on me and for that I will be forever grateful. To the current players I wish you all the best and know you ladies will do great things at UMW and beyond. I am excited for the next chapter I will be beginning in the fall, but will always be a supporter of UMW Athletics!"
The 2012 National Field Hockey Coaches' Association Region Coach of the Year, Barbacow led UMW to a season for the ages in 2012, posting a 20-2 record and advancing to the NCAA Division III national championship semifinals in Geneva, N.Y. She also gained Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors after finishing with an undefeated league record en route to the league regular season and tournament titles.
The Eagles remained one of the top teams in the nation in 2013, finishing 15-3 overall and ranking as high as sixth in the nation. All three of UMW's losses came to top-five ranked opponents. The 2014 campaign saw the Eagles finish 14-5 and receive national rankings and awards once again.
Barbacow gained CAC Coach of the Year honors in 2015, as the Eagles were ranked as high as 12th in the nation, and hosted the CAC Championship contest. In 2016, the Eagles returned to the CAC Championship in a 12-5 campaign, and were ranked as high as 14th in the nation this fall.
Barbacow led the Eagles to a 15-5 overall record in 2011, her first at the helm at UMW. She started her career by knocking off nationally-ranked Lynchburg College and Lebanon Valley College en route to a 15-win season which saw the team ranked as high as tenth in the nation.
She was a two-time first team All-American forward at Salisbury University, where she won an NCAA Division III national championship and played in four NCAA Tournaments from 2000-2003. A two-time Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, she was twice named to the all-NCAA tournament team at the final four.
As an assistant coach for four years at Salisbury from 2004-2007, she was part of two more national championship squads, as the Sea Gulls finished with an 80-7 record during that time, winning four CAC Championships. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury in 2004 in physical education, and gained her Master of Education degree from Salisbury in 2006.