Belmont Abbey names new coach
Barnett becomes third coach in Crusaders’ six-year history
BELMONT, NC -- Chris Barrett has been named as the third head coach in the six-year history of Belmont Abbey. He helped build Limestone into a perennial power in NCAA Division II men’s lacrosse.
Barrett assumes his first head coaching position after spending eleven years as a member of the Limestone lacrosse program. He spent the last seven as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. A 2004 graduate of Limestone and a four-year midfielder, Barrett has appeared in five NCAA national championships and ten consecutive NCAA semifinals as a player and coach, all with the Saints.
“This is a great day for the Belmont Abbey program,” Belmont Abbey athletics director Quin Monahan said. “The hiring of Coach Barrett will move us all the more closer to conference, regional and even national recognition. Coach Jim Dietsch laid a great foundation and the program continues to head in a very exciting direction. Coach Barrett will be a great leader, teacher, mentor and guide for our young men and I look forward to working with him as he develops this program into his own.”
“I am very excited to be the next men’s lacrosse coach,” Barrett said. “Belmont Abbey athletics has a bright future and I am excited to meet the guys and getting this program to the top of the conference. I am very thankful for the opportunity that Quin Monahan and Dr. Thierfelder and everyone here have given me. This opportunity would not have been possible without guidance and support from the great people at Limestone and I would like to express my thanks to everyone there.”
As a member of the Saints staff from 2005-11, Barrett helped lead Limestone to an overall record of 84-21, six conference titles and seven NCAA Division II semifinals appearances, including a runner-up finish in 2005. As recruiting coordinator, he pursued and captured 19 eventual All-Americans, 51 all-conference standouts and six North-South All-Stars.
During his tenure on staff, Barrett served as an offensive assistant working closely with the midfield position. The Saints averaged over 200 goals a season over the seven years that Barrett has been on staff.