One of the nation’s most experienced assistant coaches and a keen-eyed recruiter, Phil Barnes has been a key part of Carolina’s women’s lacrosse success since 2004. In November 2012, the IWLCA named Barnes its assistant coach of the year.
On the field, Barnes works with the Tar Heel defense and goalkeepers, while also heading up the program’s recruiting efforts.
Barnes’ defensive tutelage has paid off for the Tar Heels. In 2009, Logan Ripley earned National Goalkeeper of the Year honors and Amber Falcone was named the National Defender of the Year. Jen Russell was named National Defender of the Year in 2010.
Four of the 2016-17 U.S. National Team's seven defenders are Tar Heels in Kristen Carr ('10), Jen Russell ('10), Sloane Serpe ('14) and Courtney Waite ('15).
Barnes is a former head coach at Holy Cross and the University of Massachusetts who also has coached prep lacrosse.
He was the head coach at UMass for three seasons (2000-02), capturing the Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament championships and leading the nation in scoring defense in 2000.
Barnes was an assistant coach at UMass during the 1998 and ’99 seasons prior to taking over as head coach. He was also the head coach at the College of the Holy Cross during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, earning Patriot League Coach-of-the-Year honors in ‘96.
Barnes earned a B.A. in history from Assumption College in 1998. He is a native of Milford, N.H.