Testimonies

ABOUT KAREN BAREFOOT

I am very passionate about teaching the game and making a difference in my Student Athlete Lives.  I feel it is my job to prepare them for the challenges they will face in their careers and in life's journey ahead.

 
-Karen Barefoot

"ODU is back to where it belongs, winning and playing the game a high level. It's exciting to see what's happening with your program. Our player's passion is matched by Karen and her staff. So proud!"
 
-Nancy Liberman
ODU Alumni, ESPN Analyst and Hall of Famer
 

"The ODU Lady Monarchs Golf Tournament is the most successful fundraiser in the ODU Athletic Department. Karen has been an integral part of the Golf Committee for seven years, first as an assistant and now as Head Coach of the Lady Monarchs.  Through her efforts and those of the committee, we have netted more than $650,000 for the women's basketball program and almost $200,000 during her years as head coach.
Karen has been able to grow fundraising at ODU in several directions. She has been instrumental in cultivating large donors not only for the women's basketball program but also for broad-based University athletics needs such as the Basketball Practice Facility.  She has provided motivational speeches at scores of business settings where she has promoted ODU academically and athletically with outstanding success.  Karen is the face of ODU women's basketball and a major contributor to the ODU family."
 
-Judy Bowman
Vice President of Undergraduate Studies,Old Dominion University

"Coach Barefoot is one of the most inspiring coaches of the game of basketball today.  She has an authentic teaching style that is fitting for today's ball player. She inspires and motivates like no one else."

-Ganon Baker
NBA and Nike Player Development Coach

"ODU Women's Basketball has a history and tradition of academic commitment and athletic excellence. It's a joy to watch the Barefoot Bunch embrace and continue that with such passion and tenacity."
 
-Jay Harris
Distinguished ODU Alumni,ESPN Sportscaster

"Coach Barefoot is one of the most energetic coaches you'll see and she brings a wealth of experience to our women's basketball program.  Her desire to be successful is very evident in the student-athletes she puts on the floor-and the up-tempo, play-hard-all the time style is fun to watch."
 
-Dave Blank
Elon Director of Athletics
"Karen has made herself one of the most energetic young coaches in the business today. Coach Barefoot is one of the most energetic coaches you'll see and she brings a wealth of experience to our women's basketball program. Her desire to be successful is very evident in the student-athletes she puts on the floor-and the up-tempo, play-hard-all the time style is fun to watch"
 
-Boo Williams
Hampton VA Youth Sports Mentor
"Coach Barefoot is a very passionate basketball coach. Her wisdom, confidence,love, and energy for the game made me a better player. Not only is she a wonderful basketball coach, but she is also a great life coach. Her presence and guidance in my life through the years will never be forgotten!"
 
-Crystal Clary
Former Player at Lenior Rhyne, First Ever-All American