Amanda Barnes joined the Blue Devil program as an assistant coach in the summer of 2011.
In five seasons overseeing the defensive personnel at Duke, Barnes guided two Blue Devils to All-America honors, including defender Taylor Virden in 2013 and 2014 and goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea in 2013 and 2016. Duryea became the first goalkeeper in program history to earn the distinction as a freshman and went on to conclude her career as one of the top netminders in ACC history.
As a senior in 2016, Duryea became just the third goalkeeper in conference history to reach 600 saves for her career. She rounded out her career ranked behind only Megan Huether (‘06) on Duke’s career saves and goalkeeper wins lists while pacing all active Division I goalkeepers in career saves as a senior. With Barnes' guidance, Duryea captured first team All-America recognition in her final year and anchored a defense that compiled an 8.60 goals against average and kept opponents off the board for stretches of 15 minutes or more in 14 of 20 contests.
In 2015 Barnes oversaw a defensive unit that ranked second in the ACC and 12th nationally in goals against average (8.00), and anchored Duke’s run to the NCAA semifinals. Duryea moved into fourth on the Blue Devils’ career saves list and was joined on the IWLCA All-South Region and All-ACC teams by defender Claire Scarrone. Duryea also led all conference goalies in goals against average (7.84) for the season and was second in save percentage (.474).
Under Barnes’ direction, the defense posted a 9.84 goals goals against average in 2014. Virden ranked second in the ACC in caused turnovers per game (1.47) and fifth in the league in ground balls per contest (2.11) en route to earning All-America, All-South Region and All-ACC accolades. The 2013 campaign saw the Blue Devil defense allow just 8.95 goals per game and record the second shutout in school history in a 23-0 victory over Presbyterian Feb. 10.
In 2012, her first season in Durham, Barnes helped lead the defense to a top-10 national ranking in scoring defense. Senior goalkeeper Mollie Mackler led the ACC in save percentage (.417) and saves per game (6.0) in conference contests while also earning All-ACC recognition. The unit held 13 opponents to single-digit scoring and allowed just 8.89 goals per game, marking the program’s first season with a team goals against average under nine since 2006.
A native of Bel Air, Md., Barnes came to Duke from Boston University where she served as an assistant coach during the 2011 season. With the Terriers, Barnes worked with Boston’s two underclassmen goaltenders, helping freshman starter Christina Sheridan to America East All-Rookie Team honors.
Prior to her stint at Boston University, Barnes worked with the goaltenders at Ohio State, helping guide the Buckeyes to a 20-14 record during her time in Columbus. Under her tutelage, Ohio State’s Kristen Gilwee set program records for career saves and wins after completing her career in 2009, while the Buckeyes’ Annie Carruthers garnered 2010 American Lacrosse Conference Goalie of the Year honors the following season.
Before her coaching career, Barnes was a four-year letterwinner at North Carolina, where she helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA quarterfinals in each of her four seasons. The squad’s starting netminder as a senior, Barnes was also a four-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and graduated in the spring of 2008 with a degree in Exercise & Sport Science - Sport Administration and a minor in English.
In addition, she was a multi-year participant in the Carolina Leadership Academy, and received the program’s highest honor, the Three-Dimensional Leader award. Barnes also has extensive experience working as a camp instructor, including North Star, Between the Pipes, NEMS, Elite 300 and UNC camps.
Barnes, who also starred in cross country and swimming at C. Milton Wright High School, led the Mustangs to the 2004 Maryland state lacrosse championship. She was inducted into her high school’s hall of fame in the spring of 2009.