BALTIMORE – Former UMBC women's basketball guard Chelsea Barker (Waterville, Maine/Messalonskee) has been named the Director of Basketball Operations, as announced by head coach Phil Stern. Barker, a captain of the Retrievers' 2011 WNIT team, will be involved heavily with the program's academics, community service and travel.
"I am thrilled to welcome Chelsea back to campus," Stern said. "I am so proud of what she has already accomplished since graduating. She was one of the hardest working players we have ever had and her positive attitude will be infectious within our program."
The Waterville, Maine native was a four-year letterwinner with the Retrievers from 2007-2011. During her time with the program, UMBC earned an America East regular-season title and made its first-ever trip to the WNIT. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2011.
Barker was also a decorated high school player as well. She was a First Team All-Conference player in all four years at Messalonskee High School in Maine. Barker was selected as the women's basketball Morning Sentinel Player of the Year in 2007 and was named a finalist for Miss Maine basketball.
Following her playing days with the Retrievers, Barker earned a Master's of Education degree in counselor education from the University of Maine, where she served as the LGBT Coordinator and founded her own non-profit organization, Respect Differences. Barker has been serving as the organization's CEO since its creation in January of 2013, where she has overseen fundraising efforts and provided leadership toward the achievement of the organization's goals and objectives.
Barker is the second former Retriever set to be on staff for the 2014-15 season, joining third-year assistant coach and former teammate Carlee Cassidy.
"I'm so excited to be back at UMBC to assist the women's basketball program," Barker explained. "I am grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to making only positive changes here. UMBC has a special place in my heart and I can't wait to work with the coaching staff."