A graduate of Shadle Park High School and Eastern Washington University, Barnhart joined the Shadow PDL side while concluding his education at EWU and later advanced to a position in the communications department of league headquarters at USL in Tampa, Fla. While at USL, Barnhart initially oversaw the communications and media relations for the amateur flight leagues (PDL & W-League) and later the professional leagues (now USL-Pro).
For the past two years he has operated the independent news site Inland Northwest Soccer News (INWsoccernews.com), covering the sport at all levels throughout Idaho, Montana and Washington and Oregon east of the Cascades. He is also the assistant editor for the nationally soccer-renowned site TheCup.us, the leading place for coverage of the US Open Cup from its history, to qualifying and the championship.
Barnhart, who has been consulting with the club over the past few months through its EPL-WA launch, will oversee the team’s operations and communications.
"Moving on to USL was a fantastic experience. I met and worked with some amazing individuals in Tampa as well as around the nation at other clubs ranging from the youth ranks all the way up to professionals teams - some of whom are now owners or executives at Major League Soccer clubs around the league. The one thing I did grow to miss, however, was the unique feeling tied to working with a particular club and the game-day experience that came with it, something that I have been able to feel third-hand to a degree the past two years covering the local soccer scene at the youth, collegiate and elite amateur flights."
"INWsoccernews.com will continue to operate as it has done over the past two years, though obviously working hand-in-hand with the Shadow Men. Though Washington soccer has also had the steadfast support of GoalWA.net, a operating partner of EPL-WA, over the past few years as well, it remains the goal of INWsoccernews to maintain coverage of the sport at all levels in this region, which has very limited coverage devoted to it."