ADRIAN, Mich. – Adrian College has added a homegrown product to their coaching staff. The Bulldogs are happy to announce that Jackie Barley (Tecumseh, Mich., Tecumseh) is the new assistant softball coach for the 2014-15 academic year.
Barley concluded her prep career in 2008 for Tecumseh and had a fabulous resume while at shortstop for the Indians. Her teams went 142-25 and were back-to-back Division 2 State Champions in 2007 and 2008. She was named First Team All-Conference, All-District and All-Region while also receiving All-State recognition twice in 2007 and 2008. She was the Adrian Daily Telegram County Player of the Year three times and currently holds over 10 hitting records at Tecumseh.
Barley had the opportunity to represent the United States as a World Cup of Softball member in 2008 on an international stage in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She signed to play softball at the University of Michigan but a shoulder injury prevented her from making an impact. Barley transferred to Madonna University to conclude her collegiate career and helped the Crusaders capture the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference title in 2012. The team made a NAIA National Tournament appearance and Barley was named First Team All-WHAC and All-Region in 2011 and 2012. She also was awarded the conference Player of the Year in 2012. Barley graduated from Madonna University with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2014.
Barley has also worked as an assistant coach at Addison High School as well as Onsted High School in Lenawee County. In 2010, she helped guide Onsted to its first conference (LCAA) championship in over 10 years.
Barley commented on the opportunity to coach at Adrian, "I always dreamed of being a coach. I was excited to hear about this position, and I knew that starting my collegiate coaching career at Adrian was an opportunity that I could not pass up."
Jackie Barley joins head coach Anna Ball as an assistant coach for the Adrian College softball program.