Tomás Barrett was added to Peter McGahey's staff as a volunteer assistant coach in August 2014. A native of Limerick, Ireland, Barrett boasts impressive soccer and academic credentials. His primary role with the Chippewas will be key, as he will direct the program's sports science efforts.
"Tomás is very unique," said McGahey. "Anytime you can find someone who is willing to volunteer their time with his experience at the youth level, at the professional level and, most importantly, being able to move us forward with the use of cutting edge sports and exercise science, it is fantastic.
"He will supervise our heart rate system and our regeneration and recovery. We are feeling very good about the sports science efforts we will be able to capitalize on based on his expertise."
Barrett, who graduated from the University of Limerick in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports and Exercise Science, is on track to receive his Master of Arts Degree in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology from CMU in May 2015. As part of his coursework, he undertook a research project in 2013 titled Investigating the Relationship Between Training Load and the Incidence of Injury in a Collegiate Level Women's Soccer Team.
Barrett's background includes an internship as a sports scientist with the Blackburn Rovers Football Club of the renowned English Premier League in 2011. He also was the head coach of a U-12 Regional Soccer Team as part of the Football Association of Ireland Emerging Talent Program (2011-12) and was a coach and director for the Challenger Sports Soccer Camps in California and Ohio (summers 2010-12).
Barrett possesses a Football Association of Ireland Youth Certificate, a NSCAA National Diploma and a NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 and 2 Diploma.
Barrett's playing experience is highlighted by four years of action with the University of Limerick soccer team followed by 18 months of professional play with Limerick F.C. in the First Division of the League of Ireland. In 2009, he was awarded Young Player of the Year while with Limerick F.C.