NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (May 5, 2020) – As JWU Athletics enters its 23rd year, we will take a look at several successful Wildcat alumni through a series of Built By JWU profiles. Each month, we will focus on former Wildcats who, during their time here, modeled and nurtured sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, discipline, and dedication, and have utilized those traits towards a successful career.
Our first profile is Tara Barrett (S.E.E. '13) - former women's soccer midfielder.
Barrett was a three-year starter for the Wildcats women's soccer team after transferring from the University of Central Florida. Before attending UCF, Tara played at Freedom High School in Orlando, Florida, along with playing club soccer for FSA Freedom.
While at JWU, Barrett served as the team captain with fellow teammate Suzy Duffy and helped build the soccer program. In her final year she guided the team to its first eight-win season, and in 2011 helped the team win their first Sun Conference game as they defeated USCB, 7-0. Barrett started 45 games throughout her career, scoring eight goals and recording two assists. She was also named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 2011 and to the Sun Conference All-Academic Team in 2012. She received the David Adamonis Sr. Ambassador Award in 2011 for her contributions both on and off the field.
Currently, Tara resides in Tuscan, Arizona, serving as the director of operations for both soccer and gymnastics at the University of Arizona. Prior to Arizona, Tara worked at Montverde Academy in Clermont, Florida, where she worked as the assistant athletic director.
Built By JWU Profile: Tara Barrett
Graduation Year: 2013
Degree(s) Earned/Major: Sports Entertainment and Event Management
Sport Played at JWU: Women's Soccer
Current Career/Occupation: Director of Operations, Women's Soccer and Gymnastics
Company: University of Arizona Athletics
I chose JWU because: The women's soccer program and small school environment seemed like it would be a great fit and excellent college experience for me.
Favorite Team Memory: Beating Webber International University in October 2011 with a 3-1 win. It felt like a turning point for the program.
How did JWU prepare you for your career? The responsibility, discipline, and overall experience that I gained as a student-athlete gave me the skills and passionate attitude to be successful in a career in sports.
Most valuable lesson learned at JWU? You will always represent more than just yourself, whether it's your team, your school, your job, or your family. So, hold yourself to high standards and with the utmost dignity.
How did JWU athletics influence your career? My experience as a student-athlete, seeing the ins-and-outs of the athletic department, made me realize how much I enjoy being part of an athletic program and ultimately, how to pursue that from a career standpoint.
Advice for current JWU student-athletes? Love your sport and your experience. Enjoy every moment and put in the hard work. One day you'll look back and be glad that you gave it your all.
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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138)
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.
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