December 9, 2008

Joe Barroso To Be Inducted Into Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame

Dec. 9, 2008

Fairfield, CT - Sacred Heart men's soccer coach Joe Barroso has been selected for induction into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame. The ceremonies will be held January 31, 2009 at the Farmington Marriott in Farmington, CT.

A fixture on the Connecticut soccer scene for nearly two decades, Barroso recently completed his fourth season as head coach of the Pioneer men's soccer team after eight seasons as head women's soccer coach at Sacred Heart University.

Barroso made an immediate impact on the SHU men's team in 2005, engineering the second biggest single-season turnaround in a conference history, leading the Pioneers to the playoffs for the first time ever in Division I. After falling just short of the postseason in 2006, he led SHU back to the playoffs in 2007 and missed the tournament by one game in 2008.

Barroso is in his second stint at Sacred Heart after leaving for five years to coach at the University of Bridgeport. He returned to help the Pioneers make the transition to Division I and guided the women's team to three-straight Northeast Conference Tournaments and it's first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance.

The 2001 women's program was the starting point for the Pioneer's recent run of success through the NEC. That season, the coach guided the team to its first post-season tournament appearance where they enjoyed a magical run, capturing their first-ever Northeast Conference Crown and spot in the NCAA's. For his efforts Barroso was named Coach-of-the-Year.

He helped lay the foundation of the women's soccer program at Sacred Heart serving as head coach from 1992-94. He amassed a record of 27-28-2 in those three years on sideline, receiving the regional Coach-of-the-Year award in 1994-95.

At the University of Bridgeport, Barroso was named the New England Collegiate Conference Coach-of-the-Year in 1997. He was 34-41-6 while coaching the women for four years. He also served as the head men's soccer coach for the Purple Knights from 1997-99.

Originally from Portugal, Barroso played at Southern Connecticut State University, where he was a member of that school's Division II National Championship squad in 1990 and is eighth on the Owls all-time scoring list with 99 points (41 goals, 58 assists). His 41 goals are sixth on that all-time list. He was chosen as one of the top-25 players in the country after his senior season at SCSU and picked to play in the Senior Bowl.

"I am honored to be receiving this induction," Barroso said. "The Hall of Fame has some of the most famous names in Connecticut sports history and I am humbled to be viewed in the same regard."

"Joe has been a prominent figure on the local soccer scene for a long time and he deserves this honor," SHU Athletic Director Don Cook said. "We at Sacred Heart are very proud of Joe for his accomplishments."

The festivities on the evening of the induction will begin at 5:30 pm with a social hour for all guests. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm and the formal induction ceremony will begin at 7:30 pm.

The Connecticut Soccer Hall Of Fame was founded in 1999. It is dedicated to recognizing the pioneers, developers and continuing contributors to the sport in Connecticut. Players, coaches, referees, administrators, and friends of soccer all are members.