RALEIGH, N.C. – Mike Barroqueiro ( pronounced bear oh CARE oh), head coach at Iona College for the last two years, has been named Associate Head Coach of the NC State women’s soccer team, Wolfpack head coach Tim Santoro announced Friday.
“I could not be more excited to join the Wolfpack,” said Barroqueiro. “Between its prestigious academic reputation and commitment to athletic success, NC State is certainly the ideal location for the most serious student-athletes and coaches.
“On top of all that, to have the chance to work for Tim, someone who has established himself as one of the top coaches and recruiters in the country, truly made this a special opportunity for me.”
Barroqueiro compiled in two seasons at Iona a 9-6-3 league record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
“Mike is a great addition to our staff and someone I targeted immediately,” said Santoro. “As a successful head coach, he knows every aspect of building a successful program in all areas necessary. He’s one of the top recruiters I know and has great on-field coaching experience.”
Barroqueiro inherited an Iona program that won just three games in 2010. He increased the win total by two each season culminating with seven victories this past fall in 2012. His club placed fourth in the MAAC standings both seasons as well.
Iona was recognized for its outstanding efforts in the classroom with the NSCAA Team Academic Award earlier this week, marking the fourth-straight season the program earned this distinction.
Barroqueiro was named head coach at Iona in December 2010. Previously, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach at College of Charleston.
While at Charleston, Barroqueiro was credited with playing a significant role in leading the Cougars to a program-record 12 victories in both 2008 and 2009. In his three seasons, the squad earned 33 wins, the most in school history over a three-year span, and reached the Southern Conference Tournament in 2009 and 2010, finishing second in 2009.
Prior to joining the staff at Charleston, Barroqueiro served as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Rutgers University. He assisted in all facets of the program from developing and overseeing practice sessions to aiding in budget assessments as well as recruiting. He also organized recruiting trips, official and unofficial visits, and developed and implemented goalkeeping training for nationally-recognized goalkeeper Erin Guthrie.
A 2005 graduate of Rutgers, Barroqueiro served as assistant coach at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in 2006, working primarily with the goalkeepers while also developing and overseeing practice sessions. He also helped with recruiting from organizing recruiting trips and arranging on-campus visits to assessing/contacting recruits.