Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club Leadership Council Director and Staff Coach Barbara Thompson Barmettler was recently inducted into the College Of Wooster Hall of Fame.
A three-time first-team All-NCAC selection, Thompson went on to garner a spot on the conference’s all-decade team upon the 10th anniversary of the league. She played on teams that went 39-14-7 (.708) and won a pair of conference titles, also the first two in program history.
“Barbie had a great engine on her and would be involved in so many crunching tackles throughout the game,” said Brown. “She was the team leader with her communication, positive support, and high expectations of herself and her teammates. She played the game with a smile but hated to lose and drove her teammates on to perform at their highest level. Barbie was a major factor in the success of the teams in the early 1990s.”
After exhausting her eligibility on the soccer pitch, teammate Marcy Hunt asked Thompson to join the track and field team. Thompson promised she would if she was still in shape upon returning from winter break, and sure enough once January rolled around, Thompson laced it up.
“I told Dennis Rice I wasn’t as fast as mom, but he didn’t care and kept me anyways,” joked Thompson, whose mother, Lois ‘73, is a member of the W Association Hall of Fame, and was one of the founding members of the original women’s track and field team at the College.
Primarily a relay contributor, Thompson was a part of three all-conference relays as a senior, and helped the Scots to runner-up finishes at indoor and outdoor NCAC Championships.
Since graduating from the College with a bachelor’s in fine art, Thompson’s stayed heavily involved in soccer. She played for the Arizona Heatwave for two years, and currently assists her husband, Timothy, with the Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club.
Professionally, Thompson’s a ceramics teacher at Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz., where she’s chaired the visual arts department for 13 years and has served as the visual arts co-coordinator for 12 years.