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McKell Barnes enters her sixth season as the head coach of the Bates College softball program, having taken over the position in January of 2014.
In 2018, Barnes led the Bates softball team to its most wins in program history and the Bobcats' second appearance in the NESCAC tournament. Bates finished the season with an overall record of 20-14.
In just her second full season, the Bobcats posted 14 wins, including a 4-4 record in the NESCAC East, the most in the program since 2012. The Bobcats finished fourth in the New England Small College Athletic Conference East Division standings in her innauguaral campaign, with an overall record of 8-10.
“Bates offers the chance to work with faculty and student-athletes who embrace the importance of community, camaraderie and excellence throughout academics and athletics,” Barnes said at the time of her appointment on Nov. 26, 2013. “I think that is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The fifth head coach in program history, Barnes previously served as an assistant coach at Bowdoin from 2012-13 and has coached with the Maine Thunder travel softball program, as head coach of its 16U team, since November 2011. At Bowdoin, under head coach Ryan Sullivan, Barnes helped the Polar Bears to back-to-back NESCAC Softball Championship appearances while compiling a 58-28 overall record.
The 2009 North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year at UMaine-Farmington, as well as UMF's Female Athlete of the Year in 2011, Barnes involved herself in coaching immediately after matriculating, while also teaching mathematics at Brunswick High School, her alma mater.
Barnes graduated from UMF with a bachelor's degree in education in May 2011, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in sports leadership from Northeastern University.