One of the winningest boys soccer coaches in IHSA history is now counted on to help Aurora Central improve its fortunes.
José Barrientos, currently ranked No. 7 in the state with a 367-181-43 (.657) career record, was named the Chargers’ coach by athletic director Sean Bieterman.
“Our aim is to find the best possible people to work with our kids; having done that recently with girls soccer and softball, hiring someone with 367 career wins, a stellar 30-plus year record as a teacher and coach, that’s as perfect a fit as we could find,” Bieterman said. “What really impressed me about José is his energy, enthusiasm and work ethic.”
“I am so glad and excited to be the boys soccer coach at ACC, but the story should be about the students, not me,” Barrientos said. “My objective is to share with them my passion for the game and to help them become better players and even better young men.”
Despite ACC’s move from the Suburban Christian Conference to the new Metro Suburban, the transition may be easier because Barrientos spent last season at Chicago Christian, which also made the same move.
After guiding the school to a regional title and 11-10-3 mark, Barrientos interrupted a 37-year teaching career choosing to resign in May in order to travel overseas to visit his children. As part of their Northwestern University education, his daughter was attending Victoria University in New Zealand while his son was at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Barrientos started the boys soccer program at Holy Trinity and compiled a 43-26-4 (.663) record for five seasons. He then moved on to Eisenhower and produced a 264-88-17 (.738) record over 19 seasons.
From 1988 to 2000 he also directed the Eisenhower girls soccer program. His résumé included coaching boys and girls soccer at Richards (2000-02), and two more years coaching boys at Ag. Science.
As an educator, Barrientos has taught a wide variety of subjects, including social studies, Spanish, bilingual ESL and U.S. history. He attended Loyola University earning his bachelor’s degree in 1978 and his master’s in curriculum and instruction in 1981.
Barrientos inherits a program that finished 9-12 last year, 8-10 the season before, with its last winning record a 12-6-1 mark in 2011.