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Greyhounds hire Barnum as women's soccer coach


March 8, 2020

Abbey Barnum

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University filled its women’s soccer coaching position last week, announcing Southern Mississippi assistant Abbey Barnum as its seventh coach in program history on Friday.

Barnum, who played on a pair of Lone Star Conference regular season and tournament champions at Midwestern State, will be a head coach for the first time in her still-short coaching career.

“I’m thrilled that Abbey has agreed to be our next head women’s soccer coach at Eastern New Mexico.” ENMU Athletic Director Matt Billings said in a school release, “She will be a great role model for our student-athletes and will continue to grow the program. Her experience with the Lone Star Conference and the state of New Mexico will be vital and I’m excited for the future of women’s soccer here at Eastern New Mexico.”

The Houston native’s first assistant position came in 2017 at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs under her now predecessor, former Greyhound coach Josh Smith. She also spent a year as an assistant at Rhodes College in Memphis.

The position at ENMU opened when Smith left in January to take over at Rogers State.

Barnum called the hiring a “tremendous honor” and thanked Billings and ENMU Chancellor Jeff Elwell for the opportunity.

The Greyhound team Barnum inherits should be competitive. Under Smith, the Greyhounds finished .500 or better in consecutive seasons and reached the LSC tournament title game in 2018. Both were program firsts. Additionally, the team returns three players who have earned all-LSC selections.

“The women’s soccer program at Eastern has so much potential and has a great group of student-athletes that I am eager to get to work with.” Barnum said, “These are exciting times for Eastern New Mexico women’s soccer as we continue to build upon past growth and I am thrilled to lead this program.”

Barnum holds a bachelor’s of business administration with an emphasis in marketing from Midwestern State University and a master’s of business administration with an emphasis in sports management from the University of the Southwest.


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