Former Marquette University women's soccer player, Ashley Bares has been named an assistant coach on the women's soccer staff, head coach Markus Roeders has announced.
Bares will join Roeders and associate head coach, Frank Pelaez, who are entering their 18th season at the helm of the Golden Eagles.
"We are excited to welcome Ashley back to Marquette," Roeders said. "Her passion, excitement and knowledge of Marquette and our family environment will bring tremendous value to our program. She enjoyed a great career at Marquette and played on championship winning teams. She is absolutely passionate about soccer, brings great energy and loves to win. Her knowledge of how we work at Marquette will make for a smooth transition as we start the 2013 season."
"I'm thrilled to be joining the Marquette University coaching staff," Bares said. "I'm honored to have the opportunity to be a part of such a strong athletic program where players show excellence not only on the field but in the classroom. It's great to be back with my MU family working with Markus and Frank. They are two of the most knowledgeable and successful coaches whom I admire. I am very excited about the season and look forward to what's ahead."
Bares returns to Marquette after a professional playing career with Stjarnan, part of the Úrvalsdeild League in Pepsideild, Iceland where she played from 2011-12. She helped her squad win the 2011 Icelandic Cup and was a 2011 Icelandic Champion. Bares was the 2011 Golden Boot Recipient as the top striker in Iceland and was the foreign player of the year. She was 2011 All Star for Team Iceland and was a played for Stjarnan in the 2012 UEFA qualifier. While playing in Iceland, Bares coached Stjarnan club teams.
Bares played for W-League member, the Chicago Red Eleven squad, in 2010.
While at Marquette, Bares had a stellar playing career for the Golden Eagles and finished among MU's offensive leaders in multiple categories. She is third all-time in game-winning goals with 10, sixth in career shots with 148, eighth in career goals (19) and ninth in points (48). She was a 2010 All-BIG EAST first team honoree and earned third team honors in 2008. During her playing career, Bares served as volunteer coach for Marquette soccer camps.
Bares earned a bachelor's degree in social welfare and justice from Marquette in Aug. 2013. Originally from Belgium, Wis., she currently lives in Bayview.