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About the Coaches

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John Sumoski, Head Coach | e-mail

Sumoski returns for his seventh season as head coach of the Wilkes women's program. During his first six seasons with the Lady Colonels, he has led the squad to an overall record of 67-45-7 and six straight berths in the Freedom Conference playoffs, including last season in which the team posted a 9-9-1 record. In 2005 he guided Wilkes to their first Freedom Conference championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championship field.  The squad also set a new school record for wins after fashioning an overall mark of 15-4-1. 

In 2002, Sumoski guided Wilkes to the Freedom Conference title match and was named the conference's Coach of the Year. In 2004 he was named the Freedom Conference's Co-Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Colonels to a 12-6-1 mark.

Sumoski is a former standout player at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, an NCAA Division II member. During his playing days from 1987 to 1990 at Pitt.-Johnstown, Sumoski set records for most goals in a season and most goals in a career. For his efforts he was named a Regional All-American.

Sumoski, who has an Advanced National Diploma in coaching from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, while also holding an "A" License from the United States Soccer Federation, most recently served as a graduate assistant coach with the women's program at Division I Central Michigan University. During his two seasons at Central Michigan Sumoski worked with both goalkeeper and field player training, while also developing and monitoring the team's off-season strength and conditioning program. He also assisted in recruiting both nationally and internationally, and organized and monitored NCAA compliance documentation.

Prior to his stint at Central Michigan he served as the head coach at NAIA Carlow College from 1998 to 2000. Sumoski was responsible for starting the program at Carlow, where he remained as the head coach for two seasons. He also spent three seasons at Carnegie Mellon University (1995-98), both as an assistant coach and as the squad's interim head coach.  

From 1997 to 1999, Sumoski was the staff head coach for the Pennsylvania West Girls Olympic Development program. His responsibilities included identifying and training state level players on a weekly basis, assisting with regional coaching during identification camps, and also doing player assessments. From 2005-06 Sumoski was a staff coach for the Olympic Development Program U17 girls squad that claimed a national championship.

Sumoski further honed his coaching skills while leading the Penns Forest Futbol Club boys and girls teams to a combined seven Pennsylvania State championships from 1993 to 1999. He also served as the State Director of Coerver-Coaching Michigan. Coerver Coaching is a well-known world wide skills teaching program.

Kristi Barsby, Assistant Coach

Barsby is in her second season as a member of the Lady Colonels coaching staff.  Last year she helped the squad record a 9-9-1 overall record a trip to the Freedom Conference Playoffs. She is a 2007 graduate of Wilkes with a degree in Education.

Barsby was a four-year member of the women's soccer team at Wilkes, playing in 75 matches during her career.  As a senior she was named to the Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American third team, while also earning first team All-Freedom Conference honors.  Barsby, who was a second team All-Freedom Conference honoree during her sophomore and junior seasons, tied a school record as a sophomore when she handed out 12 assists.  She concluded her collegiate career with seven goals and 23 assists.

During her four seasons Barsby helped Wilkes post an overall record of 36-19-4 and four consecutive Freedom Conference playoff berths.  In 2005 she played a pivotal role in leading the Lady Colonels to an overall record 15-4-1, their first Freedom Conference championship, and their first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.  As a senior Barsby and her teammates fashioned a 13-6-1 record and also copped a berth in the ECAC playoffs. 


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