Rob Baarts Joins SJSU As Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

Rob Baarts joins the Spartans after 12 seasons as an assistant for both the men's and women's programs at the University of Portland.
March 30, 2016

NCAA championship-level experience as a player and a coach is on the way to San Jose in the form of new women's soccer assistant coach Rob Baarts. Spartans' head coach Lauren Hanson made the announcement that the two will reunite to guide the reigning Mountain West champions beginning with the 2016 season.
 
"I am thrilled to have Rob a part of our program," Hanson said.  "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 comes 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 Pilot 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.
 
"He is a tremendous coach and mentor to players," Hanson added. "He's an invaluable recruiter, and will be instrumental in continuing our goal of building a soccer program that is a consistent NCAA contender and powerhouse. We are so excited to have him join us here at San José State."
 
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 graduated with his bachelor of arts in business administration from Portland in 1991.