Ian Barker has been with the NSCAA as the Director of Coaching Education since 2012. Prior to his current position, he served as men’s soccer coach at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. He also has collegiate coaching experience at the University of Wisconsin, serving as an assistant coach from 1989-1996. In the eight-year span with the Badgers, Barker joined the squad in four NCAA tournament appearances. In 1995, the Badgers won both the Big Ten and NCAA National Championships.
From 1997-2007 Coach Barker served as the director of coaching and player development for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). As a state association, the MYSA represented over 140 clubs and 75,000 members.
Barker has served on the national instructional staff for the NSCAA, U.S. Soccer and U.S. Youth Soccer. His formal coaching qualifications come from the NSCAA, U.S. Soccer, U.S. Youth Soccer, the English FA, and the German DFB.
As a coach and coach educator, Barker has traveled extensively in Europe, South and Central America, and Africa.