University of Iowa graduate and former Hawkeye All-American Jess Barnett was named an assistant in July 2021.
Barnett, a three-time All-Big Ten honoree, regional All-American, Big Ten All-Tournament selection, and two-time NFHCA All-American, returned to Iowa City after playing at Grant Field from 2009-12. The North Vancouver, Canada, native started every game of her career and helped lead Iowa to two-straight NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 2011 and 2012.
Barnett was honored as Iowa athletics female athlete of the year in 2011 and 2012. She was also a two-time team captain and named team MVP her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. In 77 career games, Barnett scored 27 goals and registered seven assists, while leading the Hawkeye defense.
Following her collegiate career, Barnett was a member of the Canadian National Team where she won bronze in the 2013 Pan American Cup in Argentina and garnered over 40 international caps with Team Canada.
Barnett, who previously was the assistant field hockey coach at Yale since 2016, began her coaching career in 2014 with Field Hockey Canada, assisting in their Junior National Program. In 2015, she returned to the Hawkeyes as a volunteer coach for the 2015-16 season before beginning her tenure at Yale from 2016-21.
In her first season at Yale, she helped the Bulldogs double their win total from the previous season. In her second and third seasons, the Bulldogs continued to best their win total each year. The team ended its 2019 season, winning five of their final six games.