May 16, 2011
COLUMBUS, OHIO - Recently, former Friar great Jackie (Gladu) Barto '84 retired as Head Coach of the Ohio State women's ice hockey team, capping a remarkable collegiate career that began as a multi-sport star on Smith Hill.
Barto starred for the Friar field hockey, ice hockey and softball teams from 1980 to 1984, twice earning the Providence College Female Athlete of the Year honor. On the ice, she tallied 200 points, which ranks fifth on the program's all-time scoring list. Her 113 goals place her as the third best scorer in program history.
"My time as a student athlete at Providence was amazing...having the opportunity to receive a great degree in business management combined with playing three varsity sports at a Division I level," said Coach Barto.
Barto later became an assistant coach under women's ice hockey coach John Marchetti, and then took over the reins of the program from 1994 to 1998. When she guided the program to the 1995 ECAC title, she completed a hat trick - winning the crown as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
During four-plus years as head coach of the Friars, Barto compiled a winning percentage of .563, and earned the New England Hockey Writer's Coach of the Year award as well as induction into the Providence College Hall of Fame.
Her coaching career at PC was not limited to Schneider Arena, however. She also served as the College's head field hockey coach for 13 seasons (1985-1997), compiling a winning percentage of .652. She guided Friar softball for three years (1991-1993), earning a winning percentage of .603.
After Providence, Barto moved to the Midwest to launch the women's ice hockey program at Ohio State for the 1999-2000 season. As with her time at Providence, she coached and developed several players who would play at the international level. Barto, herself, led the US National Team to gold at the 2008 World Championships.
She retires after 12 seasons in Columbus and 27 years in coaching. She currently ranks eighth in career victories among Division I Coaches.
Looking back at her career, Barto gives credit to lessons learned in black and white.
"I had the opportunity to be coached by some outstanding coaches and great people (at Providence)," she said. "They taught me so many valuable lessons through sport."
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