ORANGEBURG, SC—The South Carolina State University Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Dawn Barnes as its next head women's volleyball coach. She began her duties on July 16th.
Barnes comes to SC State after serving as head coach at Malcolm X Junior College (NJCAA Division I). Prior to that she coached at Indiana University Northwest and Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Ill.
She spent three seasons at Chicago State University (CSU) where she served at interim head coach for the Cougars in 2014..
Before arriving at Chicago State, Barnes was a volunteer assistant coach at George Mason in 2012. She assisted the Patriots with coaching and game planning. Prior to George Mason, Barnes was the head coach at Howard University for two seasons. She coached three all-MEAC selections and five All-Academic selections and developed the Howard Volleyball Camps.
Barnes served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. She helped the Panthers to a 20-11 overall mark, including a school-record 12 wins in Big East conference play. While at Pitt, she coached the BIG EAST Player of the Year, Libero of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year. She was responsible for technical team practice coordination and match preparation. Barnes also has collegiate coaching experience at Vassar, Eastern Kentucky, and Augustana College.
Barnes is also active with the USA High Performance tryouts, developmental camps and clinics at various locations throughout the nation. She has previously worked camps at Butler and Purdue Universities.
Barnes has extensive experience with several volleyball clubs, having spent three seasons coaching with Michio Chicago Volleyball Academy. She served as the director of recruiting at the NVVA Club in Sterling, Va., and the Metro American, Select and Pittsburgh Elite volleyball clubs and is a Member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)