Mike Barroqueiro, who built an impressive resume at the NCAA Division I level as an assistant and head coach over the last decade, was selected as the new women’s soccer head coach at the University of Delaware on Jan. 18, 2017.
A former head coach at Iona College, Barroqueiro (pronounced “barro-care-o”) has spent the last four seasons at North Carolina State where he helped the Wolfpack reach new heights over the last four seasons with head coach Tim Santoro.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Mike to the University of Delaware as our new women’s soccer head coach,” said Delaware AD Chrissi Rawak. “He is a one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the nation and has proven in a short period of time to be an outstanding leader of student-athletes, an excellent recruiter, and a great tactician of the game. He brings a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm and I know he will have a great impact on our team immediately.”
Barroqueiro becomes just the second head coach in Delaware women’s soccer history as he replaces Scott Grzenda, who led the Blue Hens for the previous 26 seasons before stepping down following the 2016 campaign.
“I would like to thank Chrissi Rawak, Jenn Judy, Jacqui Schuman and everyone who I was fortunate enough to meet throughout this process for being so generous with their time and so welcoming to both myself and my family,” said Barroqueiro. “Delaware is an ideal location with a beautiful campus and has a prestigious academic reputation and highly-competitive athletic atmosphere, but I realized quickly that it’s the people that make this place truly special. I couldn't be more excited to join the Blue Hen family and lead our women's soccer program. The future is bright for Blue Hen soccer and I'm very proud to be a part of that. I would also like to thank Tim Santoro and the players back at NC State for a special four years. We made some great memories and I wish them nothing but the best moving forward."
A 2005 graduate of Rutgers University, Barroqueiro served as associate head coach at North Carolina State the last four seasons and this past fall led the Wolfpack to its best season in 21 years as the squad went 11-9-2, posted two victories in the NCAA Tournament- its first NCAA appearance since 1996 - and earned its first-ever NCAA Sweet 16 berth.
The Wolfpack downed No. 8 ranked and Big 10 champion Minnesota in the first round and knocked off No. 19 ranked and West Coast Conference champion Pepperdine before falling to Santa Clara with a berth in the Elite Eight on the line.
The entire NCSU coaching staff was named the 2016 NSCAA Southeast Staff of the Year and was elected as finalists for the NSCAA National Staff of the Year. The team posted its highest win total since 1996, its highest conference win total since 1995, defeated eight ranked teams, and was ranked as high as No. 17 in the national polls.
North Carolina State’s 2016 team was one of the youngest in the country and its top-20 freshmen recruiting class accounted for 69 percent of the team’s points. The team scored 32 goals - more than the previous two seasons combined - and its 1.10 goals against average was the team’s lowest in six years.
The Pack totaled six straight wins at one point and held a shutout streak over 463 minutes during the winning streak. Barroqueiro added goalkeeper coach to his responsibilities in 2016 and helped the unit earn seven shutouts during the season.
During his first three seasons in North Carolina, Barroqueiro helped build a program with outstanding talent from throughout the U.S. and internationally. The 2013 squad showed great improvement and finished with a 7-12 overall mark, including a 5-1 record in non-league play and a win over then No. 23 Wake Forest, the program's first win over a ranked opponent since 2009.
"This is an exciting time for Mike and his family, as well as, the University of Delaware,” said North Carolina State’s Santoro. “While Mike will be missed, he's taking the next logical step in his career and the vacancy he leaves is a better job because of his dedication at NC State over the last four years."
Barroqueiro began his career as an assistant coach and goalkeepers coach at UMBC in 2006 before moving on to his alma mater Rutgers University for one season in 2007 where he helped tutor nationally-ranked keeper Erin Guthrie. He then moved on to Delaware’s Colonial Athletic Association foe College of Charleston for three seasons in 2008-10. While at Charleston, he served as an assistant for a program that won 12 games in both 2008 and 2009 and reached the Southern Conference Tournament twice, finishing second in 2009.
He moved on to his first head coaching stint at Iona in 2011 and recorded a two-year mark of 12-19-7 that included a record of 9-6-3 record in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play - this after inheriting a team that won just three games in 2010. He increased the win total by two each season, culminating with seven victories in 2012 and leading the team to consecutive fourth place finishes in league play. Iona was also recognized for its outstanding efforts in the classroom with the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
Barroqueiro and his wife, Nichole, have two young sons, Cooper and Easton. Nichole was a college athlete who ran cross country and track & field at Roger Williams University.