Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Meet the Coaches

Head Coach: Carrie Barker

Carrie Barker

Barker brings 14 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience with her to RVC. She was the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Northern Illinois University (2008-2011) where her players succeeded both on the field and in the classroom. Under her watch, her players achieved a cumulative team GPA above 3.0 for seven straight semesters and had 17 student-athletes honored as Victory Scholars for achieving between a 3.5 and 3.99 GPA. She also coached five players who received CoSIDA/ESPN All-Academic Team Honors , three players who earned NSCAA Team Academic Awards, and coached one NSCAA Scholar All-Region player.

While at NIU, Barker led her team to the Mid-American Conference playoffs twice, recruited the first English U17 World Cup youth International player, set a school record for longest unbeaten streak with 13, and broke the MAC shutout record with 28. She also coached the first 1st Team All-MAC player from NIU since 1999 and one of only three freshmen in NIU history to ever be named to the MAC All-Freshman team.

While coaching at NIU, Barker also served on the NSCAA Division I Great Lakes Regional Ranking Committee for three seasons.

Prior to her time at NIU, Barker served as an Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at both the University of Wisconsin (2004-2007) and the University of Michigan (1997-2004), where combined she was a part of nine NCAA tournament appearances, two NCAA tournament Sweet 16 appearances, and one NCAA Elite Eight appearance. She also coached for four Big Ten championship teams combined at Michigan and Wisconsin. In total, the NCAA Division I teams she has coached for accumulated a record of 164-108-29 during her time there.

She was a team captain for the University of Wisconsin's 1991 NCAA national championship finalist team and was a high school All-American player and high school Hall of Fame inductee in Michigan. Barker later played semi-professional soccer in Denmark. She has also worked with the USA Youth Soccer Olympic Development programs in Michigan, and Wisconsin, and is a former staff coach with the U-14 United States National Team program.

Barker was most recently employed with the Rush Wisconsin Youth Soccer organization and the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association as a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Coaching Instructor and Olympic Development Staff Coach. She also holds a National "A" coaching license from the USSF.


Assistant Coach: Nick Roman

Nick RomanNick Roman will join Carrie Barker on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the return of women's soccer to RVC for the fall of 2014. Roman has been the head coach for boys and girls soccer at Winnebago High School since July 2013. He has also served as a Staff Coach for the Rockford Raptors FC since January 2014, where he assists with club goalkeeper training and team training for U-17 boys, and has been a Staff Goalkeeper Coach for Illinois ODP since November 2013. He will also be coaching U16 girls and U15 boys for the Rockford Raptors this year and is currently on track to receive his USSF (United States Soccer Federation) "D" license.

Roman played three seasons for the Quad City Eagles NPSL (National Premier Soccer League) and one season for the Chicago Inferno in the Professional Arena Soccer League-Premier Division.

He is a graduate of Ashford University where he received a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design as well as an MBA in Marketing. While at Ashford, he was a two-time Midwest Collegiate All-Conference selection and set school records for career shutouts (22) and Goals Against Average (0.94). While working on his MBA at Ashford University, he also served as Head Goalkeeper Coach as a Graduate Assistant Coach for Women's Soccer.

In high school, Roman was a four-time NIC-9 All-Conference selection for soccer at Belvidere High School.