Recently hired women’s soccer head coach Sarah Barnes continues to round out her coaching roster, adding Emma Wright, a former director of coaching in the Women’s Premier Soccer League.
Wright is the second recent hire for Barnes, following the addition of Marla Nelson as an assistant coach Feb. 29. Before coming to the United States, Wright competed in England’s Women’s Premier League for the Doncaster Belles and Everton, the latter of which won the premiership title. Her overseas experience was one Barnes touted as a valuable selling point for the Colonials.
“Growing up in Manchester, Emma has been immersed in the English soccer culture and we are very excited for her to join our staff,” Barnes said. “Her knowledge of the game and playing experience at the English youth national level has guided her development both as a player and a coach. She is a passionate teacher who understands how to connect with players and communicate the technical and tactical aspects of the game. She will challenge us all to be better.”
Wright spent the past four year as the director of coaching for the Fort Worth Panthers, a program in the third-tier WPSL. There, Wright worked with developmental age groups, competitive teams, camps, club tournaments and fundraising. Prior to her stint with the Panthers, she was an assistant coach from 2006-08 at Southeastern Louisiana University, helping the Lady Lions reach the conference semifinals in both seasons, and worked as an assistant at Division II Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., from 2004-06.
During her college career, Wright competed at both Division I Central Connecticut State University and Division II Slippery Rock University. Over her first three seasons at CCSU, she saw the program advance to its first-ever NCAA tournament second round appearance and was named a First Team All-Northeast Conference selection and the Central Connecticut Sportswriters Player of the Year after helping the Blue Devils win two NEC titles.