CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Chattanooga Red Wolves SC Head Coach Tim Hankinson added to his technical staff on Thursday as the club announced that David Barrueta would serve as an assistant and the team’s goalkeeping coach for the 2019 season.
Hankinson believes that Barrueta, who brings nearly 30 years of coaching experience to Chattanooga, was the perfect fit for the job.
“We carefully vetted a couple of different candidates for this position,” said Hankinson. “David has the experience, the leadership and a shared vision for Chattanooga Red Wolves SC. We’re happy to have him join the team.”
Barrueta has been working with goalkeepers and players of all ages in the Greater Chattanooga area since 2005. He also brings collegiate coaching experience to the club, having had stints at Sewanee, Yale University, Longwood University and Mercer University.
A former goalkeeper himself, Barrueta played collegiately at Rutgers University where his team earned the top spot in the NCAA Division I rankings and made two Final Fours, including a loss in the National Championship to UCLA in 1990. In 2015, he and his 1990 team were inducted into the Rutgers University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Barrueta went on to play professionally in Major League Soccer with the New England Revolution and also had stints with the Atlanta Ruckus, Baltimore Bays and Maryland Bays.
“I am thrilled to join the Red Wolves’ technical staff,” said Barrueta. “Both Tim and Sean have put together an impressive roster with talented, high-caliber players. This will be a fun season for our fans and the growing soccer community in Chattanooga.”