New Coaches Named for Women's Rowing and Women's Basketball

Heather Barney and Emily Garner join Trinity College Athletics
Heather BarneyHartford, Conn. – Trinity College Director of Athletics Mike Renwick has announced the hiring of Heather Barney, who guided Nova Southeastern University to back-to-back NCAA Division II Championship Regattas in 2015 and 2016, as its new head women's rowing coach.  Barney, who served as an assistant coach at Bucknell University, Georgetown University, and her alma mater, Williams College, prior to her two years at Nova Southeastern, takes over a Trinity program that has become one of the elite women's rowing teams in all of NCAA Division III.  Trinity qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Regatta every year from 2003 to 2015, winning four varsity-eight national titles and the NCAA Division III crown in 2015.  Barney replaces Renee Jones, who served as interim head coach in 2015-16 following Wesley Ng's departure last summer to become the head coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

"I am so pleased to announce Heather Barney as our new women's rowing coach," said Renwick. "For the past 10 years, Heather has worked for several successful programs and honed her skills in preparation for an opportunity back in the NESCAC. I am extremely excited to partner with Heather to continue the national level success this program has come to expect."

Barney led Nova Southeastern to fifth place in the 2015 NCAA Regatta and sixth place this spring, and also guided the Sharks to a silver medal in the Collegiate Fours race at the 2015 Head of the Charles Regatta.  She led Bucknell's lightweight-eight crew to third place in the 2014 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) and its varsity four won the 2013 Patriot League title and silver medals in both the Dad Vail Regatta and the Knecht Cup under her watch.  During Barney's four-year stint at Georgetown from 2007 to 2011, that program rose from seventh place to second in the Big East Conference standings and her crews won a gold medal in the 2009 Eastern Sprints (novice 4) and a bronze in the 2011 Big East Championships (2nd varsity eight).  Barney also helped Williams College win numerous New England Rowing Championship and National Invitational Rowing Championship medals and consecutive NCAA Division III Championships in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Trinity family," said Barney. "I want to thank Mike Renwick and the entire search committee for this opportunity. I am honored to be a part of the women's rowing program's tremendous history and tradition of excellence. I am eager to join the team on campus and begin working to build on that legacy."

Barney graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Williams in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in economics and history, and has a master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in California in 2014.  She was a highly-decorated oarswomen for the Ephs, serving as captain and rowing the bow seat for the fastest boat in Division III rowing in her senior spring.  Barney trained and raced with the Potomac Boat Club from 2001 to 2006, and assisted with coaching that organization's Elite Sculling program in 2011-12.  She holds a USRowing Level 3 certification and attended the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in 2006.

Emily GarnerHartford, Conn., July 6, 2016 – Trinity College Athletic Director Mike Renwick has appointed Emily Garner as its new head women's basketball coach.  Garner becomes the sixth head coach in the 41-year history of the Trinity women's basketball program, after honing her skills for the last six seasons as a NCAA Division I assistant coach at Long Island University-Brooklyn and the United States Military Academy.  At Army, where she served as an assistant from 2012 to 2016, Garner helped the Black Knights post a four-year record of 99-28 with two NCAA appearances and two WNIT appearances.  Garner replaces Wendy Davis, who resigned in May after posting a 137-128 mark in 11 years coaching the Bantams.  Trinity finished 2015-16 with a 12-11 record and tied for 10th place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a 1-9 league mark.

"I am very pleased to announce the hiring of Emily Garner as our next head women's basketball coach," said Renwick. "Emily comes to Trinity with such a tremendous respect and belief in the student-athlete model we strive to attain both at Trinity and within the NESCAC. She is dedicated to building a true team, which emphasizes excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. I am truly excited to partner with Emily in building this program to future success."

Garner began her coaching career in 2010 as a graduate assistant at LIU-Brooklyn following a fine playing career at Lafayette College.  After two seasons coaching the Blackbirds, she joined the staff at Army where her responsibilities included post player development, opponent scouting, head junior varsity coach, compliance, and summer camps.  Last winter, Army posted a program-best record of 29-3 and won both the regular-season and tournament Patriot League titles.  Garner, who mentored two Patriot League Players of the Year at West Point, was promoted to recruiting coordinator by legendary Army Head Coach Dave Magarity in the spring of 2015.  Garner earned her bachelor's degree from Lafayette in English with minors in economics and business in 2009 and also holds a master's degree in secondary education (English) from Long Island University.  A three-year starter for the Leopards, Garner was elected captain and garnered Patriot League All-Tournament honors in her senior season.  

"I am extremely excited and honored to be joining the Trinity family as the new head women's basketball coach," said Garner. "I would like to thank Mike Renwick and the entire search committee for the opportunity, and I am thrilled to represent a world class institution such as Trinity College. I'm eager to get on campus and join the team as we work to add to the tradition of excellence that is Trinity College athletics."