David Barrett | Head Coach | Women’s Soccer | Illinois Wesleyan University

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

We are looking for athletic, technical players who are versatile enough to play more than one position. Players must display selflessness, but also determined, competitive, and disciplined. We want people who are resilient and mentally tough, but also love the game of soccer. We want to make playing soccer for us an enjoyable experience, and create a rich and valuable college career through a balance of academic and athletic excellence.


Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

Every player who has exceeded expectations has done so through diligence and determination. They have realized that they may not have enough natural ability to ‘just show up’ and be one of the best players. As a result, they end up committing extra time to their craft. They work harder than others, and bring their performance level to a higher standard through a dedication to self-improvement when she was away from the team.