Sarah Barnes | Head Coach | Women’s Soccer | George Washington University

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

1. Talent – as a soccer player and as an athlete

2. Disciplined

3. Competitive mentality

4. Values work ethic

5. Perseverance

6. Positive/optimistic attitude


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

There are plenty of examples of kids who have good or average talent but do have the qualities listed above which keeps driving them forward when they aren’t succeeding initially, in particular in terms of playing time. Those qualities help them to reach their potential and in some cases over-achieve. I’ve coached players who were barely recruited by college coaches and even dismissed as walk-on candidates for some schools who later became significant players on top 20 teams or earned All-America honors because they were gritty players who did not allow a lack of early success stop them from working to achieve their goals.