ASHLEY BARES | ASSISTANT COACH
Ashley Bares is in her first season on Iowa State's soccer coaching staff. Bares joined Matt Fannon's Iowa State staff in January 2020 from Marquette, where she helped lead the Golden Eagles to two Big East Conference regular season titles during a seven-year coaching tenure with the program.
Bares was an integral piece to Marquette's success on the pitch over the past decade, first as a player for the Golden Eagles and then as a coach. She helped guide her alma mater to Big East regular season crowns in both 2013 and 2016 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. During her tenure on the sidelines at Marquette, she twice earned accolades as a member of the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year (2013, 2016). Both seasons ended in bids to the NCAA tournament.
In between her collegiate playing and coaching career, Bares also found a bevy of success as a professional soccer player. She suited up for Stjarnan, part of the Úrvalsdeild League in Pepsideild, Iceland, and was on the squad from 2011-12. She helped Stjarnan win the 2011 Icelandic Cup and was a 2011 Icelandic Champion. Bares' wildly successful pro career included individual honors such as the 2011 Golden Boot as the top striker in Iceland and she was also named the league's foreign player of the year. She was a 2011 All-Star for Team Iceland and was a player for Stjarnan in the 2012 UEFA qualifier.
Upon her return to Marquette, Bares' first season as a coach left no doubt of her abilities on the sideline. The former Golden Eagle player helped lead the program to an 18-4-0 mark, including a perfect 9-0-0 record in Big East play. Marquette ended the season ranked No. 8 nationally following conference regular season and tournament titles, as well as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA College Cup. Bares helped mentor eight All-Big East selections during her first year on campus, including Maegan Kelly, who went on to earn All-America honors.
2016 saw Marquette return to national prominence with yet another Big East regular season title and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Bares coached Big East Defensive Player of the Year Morgan Proffitt, who went on to be selected No. 12 in the NWSL Draft by the Chicago Red Stars. Proffitt also earned an invite to the US U-23 WNT Camp.
To jump-start her coaching career, Bares coached Stjarnan club teams while playing professionally in Iceland. Bares played for W-League member, the Chicago Red Eleven squad, in 2010.
While at Marquette, Bares had a stellar playing career for the Golden Eagles and finished among MU's offensive leaders in multiple categories. She is third all-time in game-winning goals with 10, sixth in career shots with 148, eighth in career goals (19) and ninth in points (48). She was a 2010 All-BIG EAST first team honoree and earned third team honors in 2008.
During her playing career, Bares served as volunteer coach for Marquette soccer camps.
Bares earned a bachelor's degree in social welfare and justice from Marquette in Aug. 2013.