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One of the most decorated goalkeepers in program history, Jay Barney returns to the staff as a goalkeeper coach for the fourth season under sixth-year head coach Greg DeVito.

A former four-year starter in net and an unprecedented choice as a three-time team captain, the Mansfield native logged a program-record 23 full shutouts in 62 career starts between 2004 and 2007, was named Little East Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year in each of his final two seasons and as the LEC tournament MVP as a senior.. Through 2010, Barney ranks first all-time among keepers in minutes, games, starts and goals-against average.

With Barney in net, Eastern ended a 15-year post-season post-season tournament hiatus when it defeated Keene State College on penalty kicks in the 2007 LEC championship game to qualify automatically for its first NCAA tournament. Barney did not allow a goal in two tournament games, shutting out the Owls for 110 minutes in the final before saving two penalty kicks to preserve the triumph.

In addition to earning LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors twice and LEC Rookie-of-the-Year accolades in 2004, , Barney was a three-time all-conference pick and capped his career by being named fourth-team All-New England by the NSCAA in 2007 – the first such Eastern keeper to gain the honor since E-Club Hall of Famer Terry Hinesley in 1986. He was also selected as Eastern’s Rookie-of-the-Year in 2004 and as Eastern’s Male Athlete-of-the-Year in 2007.

Barney holds a B.S. Degree in Sport & Leisure Management from Eastern.

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