Jackie Barto was a three-sport stand-out for the Friars, and also returned to her alma mater to coach field hockey, ice hockey and softball.
Feb. 24, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Hi Alums! Hello fellow Friars! Throughout the 2013 season, each member of the team had an opportunity to write an "Alumni Update," which, as you know, gives the PC Field Hockey alumni an idea of what we have been up to and how our season is going.
This spring, however, we are doing something a little bit different. Instead of each player reporting on what is going on in Friartown, each member of our team is going to ask a few questions to a former player about their PC Field Hockey experience. Our players were given a list of all-time uniform numbers for the program, and from that list they needed to contact an alum who also wore their number.
We're excited to be able to share the communication between our players and the alums. Our first "edition" is very appropriate as this former Friar and head coach played a significant role in the proud tradition of Providence College Field Hockey. Please meet Jackie (Gladu) Barto...
Rising junior Emily Matthews (#3) `16 conducted the interview.
Emily: What is something that you wish you had as a Friar, that is available to us now? (Academically, facilities, etc.)?
Jackie: "The biggest resource that I wish we had available to us would have been the facilities. As a student-athlete from 1980-84 we played on a grass field, that was very average. I also coached field hockey from 1985-1997 at PC and we played on grass as well for the entire time. We were one of only a couple grass fields at the time. It was difficult to get teams to come in to compete against us and recruiting was at times a challenge. Yet Providence is such as great school there were many other great aspects to a Providence College education. Also, we only had one locker room for all the varsity womens sports. Your facilities are amazing now!"
Emily: What does it mean to you to be a Providence College Field hockey alum?
Jackie: "I am very proud to be a PC alum and to have had the opportunity to play three sports at the varsity level (field hockey, ice hockey and softball) and graduate with honors. I played for some great coaches and had some incredible experiences. I still follow the teams and how everyone is doing."
Emily: Why did you chose to be #3 as a Friar, and was that also your ice hockey number?
Jackie: "I was #17 my freshman year in field hockey. A senior was wearing #3. However, I was able to wear #3 in ice hockey and softball all four seasons. After my freshman year my coach in field hockey gave me #3. I was very thankful. I was always #3 growing up with my club hockey team and I also wore #3 in high school. It meant a lot to me to be able to wear this number in college."
Emily: What is your favorite memory of your time spent in Friartown?
Jackie: "My favorite memory as a student-athlete would be my senior year in ice hockey. We were playing in the ECAC Championship game at home against UNH [New Hampshire]. The game was scoreless and went to overtime. I scored the game winning goal 9-seconds into the overtime. This was the first ever ECAC Championship for PC. It was awesome to experience this championship with my teammates and coaches.
Also as a student-athlete I was named Athlete of the Year at PC my freshman and senior years. I am very thankful for all the great coaches and teammates that helped me have such a successful career at PC. It is a time I will always cherish and remember. My favorite memory as a coach was with the field hockey program. We were undefeated in 1987 and we spent a few weeks at the top of the NCAA poll, ranked No. 1 in the country. That year we advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. We had a great team and it was a special group of athletes to work with and coach. It was a lot of fun.
My favorite memory as a coach with the ice hockey team was in 1996. We were playing at UNH in the ECAC Championship game. The game was tied after regulation and we played five overtimes. We lost in the end, but this is the longest game in NCAA hockey history. It was amazing to be part of it, the athletes were incredible through this event."
Emily: What was the transition like from playing to coaching at your alma mater?
Jackie: "The transition into coaching at PC was fairly smooth. After graduation, I went back to Newton and worked in an office. I found out that was not for me. The next fall I had the opportunity to return to PC and be the assistant coach for the field hockey, ice hockey and softball teams. I was so excited and honored. Two weeks into the field hockey season the head coach resigned and took another job, and I was named the head coach. I worked hard to instill a great team work ethic and recruit quality student-athletes. The program developed quickly and I am very proud of what we accomplished as a team between 1985-1997. We were able to get the program recognized on the National level, winning some BIG EAST tournaments and making the NCAA Tournament. I also had the opportunity to be head ice hockey coach from 1994-98. I had a very successful coaching career at Providence for 13 years. I learned many things through all my experiences and I feel I grew and developed as a coach. In 1998, I had the opportunity to become the first-ever head ice hockey coach at The Ohio State University. This was an incredible chance for me. As you can imagine Ohio State is the total opposite of PC. The resources there are incredible. I coached there for 13 years and it was wonderful. In all I coached for 28 years and have had the opportunity to coach and meet so many wonderful people and have many awesome experiences. My time at Providence will always be special for me and PC gave me so many chances to develop as a person."
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