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Rob Baarts was a team captain as a collegiate player, and guided Portland women's soccer to a national championship in 2005.
San José State women's soccer gained NCAA Championship-level playing and coaching experience when Rob Baarts joined the staff in March of 2016.
“I am thrilled to have Rob a part of our program,” Hanson said upon his arrival. “We are both fortunate to have been mentored together by the best in the game, Clive Charles. Rob will help us here by continuing to teach our players invaluable life lessons through the game of soccer.”
Baarts came to San José State after 12 seasons as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer programs at the University of Portland. Baarts and Hanson assisted the Pilots women’s team to a 23-0-2 regular season record and a national championship in 2005.
In 2009, Baarts guided both the men’s and women’s programs into the postseason, and the women’s program advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive year.
As an assistant, Baarts was responsible for all recruiting activities, opponent preparation and team travel. In addition, the Portland men’s and women’s soccer programs have had a 96 percent graduation rate in the last seven years under Baarts’ academic progress direction. More than a dozen Pilots which played under Baarts have gone on to play professional soccer.
Baarts was no stranger to the postseason during Portland’s successive runs to the NCAA Tournament. He captained the 1988 Pilots to a perfect regular season, and the program’s first-ever NCAA semifinal appearance. The four-year starter (1987-90) still ranks second all-time in the program’s history for his 13 career game-winning goals.
Baarts played professional indoor soccer for 10 years, spending eight seasons (1992-99) with the Portland Pride and Pythons.
His coaching career began at the youth level with the Portland City United. Baarts coached the boys varsity team at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Ore., from 1991-2003. He was the league’s coach of the year back-to-back seasons in 2001-02.
The active United States Soccer Federation member is an “A” license holder, and has coached multiple youth soccer age division for the FC Portland Academy since 2004.
Baarts is married to Jen, and he has four sons Tyler, Carter, Tanner and Jaxson and one daughter Nina.