Stephanie Barnes enters her second season as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina. Enthusiastic and dedicated, Barnes handles recruiting, travel arrangements in addition to her coaching duties that helped the USC women's team rise to 11th place at the 2004 NCAA Championships.
"My first year at South Carolina was the most fun and exciting year of coaching I have ever experienced," said Coach Barnes. "I work with a fantastic staff and a group of swimmers that seems to believe in themselves more and more every day."
Barnes came to USC in 2003 after a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Cincinnati and two years as graduate assistant coach at Auburn under head coach David Marsh. While at Auburn, the men's squad earned two SEC championships and the women's squad was the 2002 National Champion. Before returning to her alma mater, Barnes established and was head coach at Lewis University from 1997-2000 for the men's and women's programs. She also served as certification coordinator for the American Swimming Coaches Association from 1995-97.
Barnes graduated from Auburn University in 1991 and was a double major in Communications and Spanish ... Barnes received a master of education in Exercise Science degree in the summer of 2003 form Auburn. While attending Auburn, Barnes was an All-American and SEC champion in 1987 in the 200 breaststroke. In her swimming career, Barnes was a two-time Olympic Trials qualifier (1984,1988), seven-time YMCA champion and a U.S. Nationals Finalist. She also earned Academic All-American honors.
The former Stephanie Putzi married Major David Barnes of the United States Marine Corps on June 21, 2003 ... They have a seven-year old son Noah and share their home in Columbia with Jake the Dog, their 12-year old Brittany Spaniel.