Women's Tennis Assistant Coach
Liz Barker is in her fifth year as assistant women?s tennis coach at Notre Dame after joining Jay Louderback?s staff in January, 1998. The native of Trumbull, Conn., and the 2000 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest region assistant coach of the year came to Notre Dame with a strong and diverse tennis background.
Her responsibilities at Notre Dame include the scheduling of umpires, team travel arrangements, assisting with recruiting and on-court coaching. Barker also aided in the administration of the 1998 NCAA women?s tennis championships at Notre Dame.
After graduating from Wake Forest in 1994 with a degree in sociology, Barker returned to teach at the Trumbull Raquet Club until the fall of 1995 when she traveled the professional satellite tour in Europe with former doubles partner Dana Evans. She returned to the Trumbull Raquet Club after gaining valuable tennis experience in Europe and continued to teach tennis.
Barker has spent her summers working as a teaching pro at the Brooklawn Country Club. She most recently worked in health care administration prior to coming to Notre Dame.
While at Wake Forest, Barker reached the semifinals of the 1994 NCAA doubles championship to become one of the first two All-Americans in Wake Forest tennis history. She and Evans also became the first Atlantic Coast Conference doubles team to advance to the NCAA semifinals.
Barker and Evans were ranked as high as seventh in doubles that year, the highest ranking ever for a Demon Deacon doubles team. From 1992-94, they finished their seasons ranked among the top 30 teams in the country.
A four-year starter for Wake Forest, Barker won the ACC flight championship at No. 3 singles as a sophomore and closed out her career with an 87-56 singles record and 85-38 doubles record.
Also an ACC Academic Honor Roll member, Barker led the Deacons in singles victories as a freshman with a 31-9 record, which marked the first time since 1988 a player had won at least 30 matches and the fifth most in a season in Demon Deacon history. She graduated from Wake Forest with the fifth-most career doubles wins and 10th in career singles wins.
Born April 6, 1972, in Trumbull, Conn., Barker attended St. Joseph High School.