Barry Barto

Barry Barto

Infobox Football biography
playername= Barry Barto
fullname = Barry Barto
nickname =

dateofbirth = January 7, 1950
cityofbirth = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
countryofbirth = United States
height =
currentclub = Retired
clubnumber =
position = Midfielder
youthyears = 1969-1972
youthclubs = Philadelphia Textile
years = 1972
clubs = Montreal Olympique
Philadelphia Atoms
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
caps(goals) = 09 (1)
58 (1)
01 (0)
nationalyears = 1972-1975
nationalteam = United States
nationalcaps(goals) = 16 (0)
manageryears = 1976-1981
managerclubs = Philadelphia Textile
pcupdate = 22:33, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
ntupdate = 7 December 2006

Barry Barto is a retired U.S. soccer midfielder and college coach. He played in the North American Soccer League and coached for thirty years at Philadelphia Textile and UNLV.

College and NASL

Barto grew up in Philadelphia where he began playing soccer when eleven years old. He attended Philadelphia Textile where he played on the school’s soccer team from 1969 to 1972. He was a two time second team All American. He graduated with a degree in marketing. That year the North American Soccer League (NASL) held its first college draft and the Montreal Olympique selected Barto in the third round. Despite his low standing in the draft, Barto finished second to Mike Winter for Rookie of the Year.

At the end of the season, the Philadelphia Atoms, an NASL expansion franchise, traded for Barto as part of its efforts to create a team dominated by American, and preferably local, players. In 1973, the Atoms took the NASL championship and Barto was selected as an All Star Honorable Mention (third team). Barto remained with the Atoms through the 1976 season, the Atoms last. He then moved to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers where he played in only one game as a defender in 1977. At the end of the season, he retired from playing. By that time, he had already begun his second career, coaching.


By the time he retired from playing, Barto had spent time as a business manager and the Associate Dean for Students at Philadelphia Textile . In 1976, the school hired him as the head coach of its soccer team. In his six years as head coach of the Rams, he took the team to a 85-15-6 record. Textile went to the NCAA tournament, including the Final Four in 1978 and 1981, while under Barto.In 1982, UNLV hired Barto as its first men’s soccer coach. Barto remained in this position for 24 years. On November 29, 2005, the university removed Barto as head coach and re-assigned in the athletic department. [] He left the team with a 221-200-38 record and five NCAA tournament appearances.

National Team

Barto earned sixteen caps with the U.S. national team between 1972 and 1975. He was the captain for most of his games in 1974 and 1975. His first game with the national team came in a 3-2 loss to Canada on August 20, 1972. He became a regular through 1973 and played both U.S. games in 1974. His last cap came in the first U.S. game of 1975, a 7-0 loss to Poland on March 26, 1975.

External links

* [ UNLV bio]

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