One of the nation's most experienced women's lacrosse assistants, Phil Barnes is in his ninth season on Jenny Levy's staff at North Carolina as an assistant coach and director of recruiting.
On the field, Barnes works with the Tar Heel offense and goalkeepers. He also assists Levy in all aspects of running the Carolina program, including recruiting.
In 2009, Logan Ripley earned National Goalkeeper of the Year honors and Amber Falcone was named the National Defender of the Year. Jenn Russell was named National Defender of the Year in 2010. Last season, Corey Donohoe became Carolina’s career leader in goals and points.
Barnes is a former head coach at Holy Cross and the University of Massachusetts who also has also served as an assistant coach on the college and high school levels. Barnes coached in the prep ranks in 2004 after spending the 2003 campaign as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Cornell University.
Barnes was the head women’s lacrosse coach at Massachusetts for three seasons (2000-2002), capturing the Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament championships and leading the nation in scoring defense in 2000. In 1999 and 2000, the UMass goalkeepers led the country in save percentage.
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.