Former Marquette University women's soccer player, Ashley Bares begins her third season as an assistant coach on the women's soccer staff. The squad continued to have great success in her first year on the sidelines. Along with head coach Markus Roeders and associate head coach Frank Pelaez, Bares was honored as BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year, as selected by the league's head coaches.
The Golden Eagles earned the No. 2 seed in the 2013 NCAA College Cup and had eight BIG EAST all-conference selections. Bares returned 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. As assistant coach Bares serves as video coordinator, assists with team travel as well as on-field instruction for the Golden Eagles.
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.