Michelle Barr joined the Monarch family after spending three years in her native Scotland developing the women’s soccer game at the Scottish Football Association as a National Youth Coach responsible for the Scottish National U15, U16 and U19 teams.
In 2018, Barr’s fifth season at ODU, she helped lead the Monarchs to their fourth consecutive C-USA Tournament appearance after going 5-3-2 in league to go along with an 8-7-4 overall record against a tough schedule. The Monarchs ended the regular season on a seven-match unbeaten streak. The 16 goals allowed in the regular season set a new ODU program record.
ODU earned five Conference USA Player of the Week nods (the most ever in program history) and three All-Conference USA honorees in 2018.
The team placed 12 players on the Dean’s List (3.4 GPA or higher) with two perfect 4.0’s. Achterhof was also recognized as an NCAA Academic All-American (the first for the program since 2006), earned Co-SIDA Academic All-District and was placed on the C-USA All-Academic First Team.
2017 marked the best season for the program since 2008 and best ever in Conference USA. Barr and the Monarchs finished with a 9-5-4 overall record and went 6-2-2 in league play. Jackie Stroud was named the Tom Scott Award Winner (given to ODU's top senior student-athlete). Stroud is the first women’s soccer player to ever win the award. Stroud also earned the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year honors.
19 players made the Fall Dean’s List (3.4 GPA) in 2017, while three student-athletes turned in perfect 4.0 GPAs. The program’s fall term team GPA of 3.6 was recognized as the highest on campus.
In 2016, the women's soccer team earned perfect multi-year scores (1000) in the NCAA's latest release of Division I Academic Progress Rate results for the second consecutive year, ranking them among the top 10 percent in their respective sports.
In 2015, Barr’s Monarchs doubled the win total from the previous year, as ODU earned eight wins, which was the most for the program in a season since 2008. In the process, ODU advanced to its first ever Conference USA Tournament, where the No. 6 seeded Lady Soccer Monarchs defeated No. 3 seeded Florida Atlantic in the Quarterfinals and advanced to the C-USA Semifinals.
Iris Achterhof was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year. Achterhof was also named the Virginia State Rookie of the Year.
For the 2015 season, an astonishing 19 women’s soccer student-athletes were named to the Conference USA Honor Roll for possessing 3.0 or higher GPA’s. A whopping six Lady Soccer Monarchs earned C-USA Commissioner’s Medals for compiling GPA’s higher than a 3.75.
In her first season (2014) in Norfolk, the team racked up a total of 17 points (had six points the previous season), with 15 of their 18 matches decided by one goal or less.
The ODU women’s soccer team led all 18 teams at Old Dominion with the highest team GPA in 2014, consisting of a 3.41. After the 2014 season, the Soccer Monarchs were recognized among the top 10 percent of all athletic programs achieving superior Academic Progress Rate marks by the NCAA.
Prior to her time in Scotland, Barr spent five years at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire as an assistant coach under the leadership of Angie Hind. During her time with the Big Green, she helped the team to a 47-31-6 record, an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and a national ranking as high as No. 13 in the nation in 2006.
As a former Scottish National Team defender for over a 10-year period, Barr represented her country with 87 contest appearances. Barr brings valuable wealth of playing experience from across Europe and the United States. Barr played professionally in England, Iceland, USA, and most recently as a player-coach with Rangers FC in Scotland.
Barr holds the NSCAA National Diploma, UEFA ‘A’ License, as well as the Scottish Football Association Children and Youth pathway. Barr has also obtained strength and conditioning qualifications from the UKSCA and has served as a National Scout.
A 2008 graduate of Loughborough College in Leicestershire, England, Barr received her Bachelor of Arts honors degree in Sports Development and Leisure Management.