Heather Barney is the Assistant Women's Rowing Coach at Georgetown University.
Barney came to Georgetown during the fall of 2007 after spending the prior two years at her alma mater, Williams College. There, she assisted the varsity crew and served as the sole novice women's rowing coach, responsible for all aspects of novice squad development. She also assisted in a variety of facets of team management, including travel and event planning, uniforms, course set-up, results reporting, alumni relations, and other administrative tasks while leading the recruiting efforts for the classes of 2011 and 2012.
In the spring of 2007, she led Williams' first novice eight and third varsity eight to second and third-place finishes, respectively, at the New England Championships and also helped assist Williams to a second-consecutive NCAA Division III championship title.
In her first year at Williams, she guided the third varsity eight to a first-place finish at the 2006 ECAC Championships. Barney also provided technical instruction to varsity team members on erg technique, small boat rowing, and resistance training. She also aided in the planning and implementation of a year-long training plan, including significant analysis of testing data.
Prior to her return to Williams, Barney served as the assistant varsity coach for Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Va. There she assisted with coaching, training and the selection of first and second varsity eights while conducting on-water practices and land training.
Following her Williams career, Barney spent four years competing for Potomac Boat Club's pre-elite sculling team. She was involved in year-round training in the open sculling program and gained racing experience at the National Selection Regattas, USRowing Nationals and the Head of the Charles.
As a competitor for the Ephs, Barney captained the 2001 squad to team-points trophies at the New England Championships and Avaya Collegiate Invitational and earned gold medals in both regattas as bow seat of Williams' undefeated first varsity eight. Barney was a two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete and finished eighth nationally in the collegiate lightweight event at the 2001 CRASH-B Erg Sprints after qualifying the Championships for the second consecutive year.
Barney graduated Williams in 2001 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and history with honors. She currently holds a USRowing Level 2 Certification and was a member of the Joy of Sculling Rowing Conference and the NCAA Women Coaches Academy.