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David Barrett has been named the women's soccer coach at Fairfield University in Connecticut after 17 years in the same position at Illinois Wesleyan.

Barrett, a native of Hadley, Mass., posted a 234-85-35 record at IWU, earning NCAA tournament bids in eight of the last nine seasons.

"It is with mixed emotions that I take the position at Fairfield," said Barrett, whose hiring was announced Tuesday by Fairfield athletic director Paul Schlickmann.

"I've loved my time at IWU and am grateful to (former athletic director) Dennie Bridges for hiring me in 2001. It's been a pleasure to call IWU home for the past 17 years. The program is in great shape and I know it will continue to thrive as one of the best in the nation."

Barrett has been named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin's coach of the year five times and was the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Central Region Coach of the Year in 2015.

"This is a great professional and personal opportunity for Dave at a Division I institution that is very close to friends and family for he and his wife, Kelly," said IWU athletic director Mike Wagner, who will immediately undertake a national search for a new head coach.

In the past four seasons, IWU posted a 67-21-4 record under Barrett. He guided the Titans to the 2014 NCAA Division III semifinals and a No. 4 national ranking. They set a program record for wins the next year, going 20-3.

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