DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire has announced that Stacy Barnett has been elevated to associate head coach for volleyball. The promotion from assistant coach is in recognition of her outstanding work as a member of the volleyball staff.

Barnett recently completed her third season as the top assistant coach with the Wildcat volleyball program. This past season, Barnett helped guide the Wildcats to an America East Championship appearance.

She returned to her alma mater after a successful playing career (1997-2000) as the starting setter on the school’s first America East title in 1998 and was also a part of the Wildcat coaching staff that won the 2002 America East Championship.  Barnett plays an integral part in the day-to-day operations of the program with a strong work ethic and a competitive edge to help take UNH to the next level.

Barnett is primarily responsible for assisting head coach Jill Hirschinger as the team’s recruiting coordinator, coaching the Wildcat setters, developing the ‘Cats’ offensive systems and working with the players on skill development and technical training. Over the past two seasons, she coached Kate Uitti who was named America East All-Conference Second Team twice and the America East All-Rookie Team as the ‘Cats’ starting setter.

While a player at UNH, Barnett was the starting setter in three of her four years in Durham and she helped guide the team to an America East championship and NCAA appearance in 1998. During her seasons in Durham, the Wildcats appeared in the America East Championship match all four years. Barnett was named to the America East All-Conference Team in 1998, 1999 and 2000. She captained the Wildcats in 1998 and 2000, and received the Coaches’ Award in 1997. Barnett earned Most Valuable Player at the 2000 annual team awards banquet.

Barnett graduated from UNH in 2001 with a B.A. degree in Communications. She was the first player in school history to post 3,000 assists and the third player in the 1,000 dig club. Barnett completed her Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Leadership in the spring of 2007 at the University of Delaware. Her 3,977 assists still stands as a school record and she also holds the top two single-season assists marks with 1,350 in 2000 and 1,291 in 1999.

Barnett, a native of Crystal Lake, Ill., played for Crystal Lake South High School and club volleyball for Sky High. She was MVP of the Tampa Bay National Qualifier tournament in 1996 and 1997.
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