Barry Schreifels, only the third coach in the 47-year history of the Matador swimming program, is in his 17th season at the helm of the Cal State Northridge men and women's swimming teams in 2008-09.
Schreifels, who was named the 1994-95 Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Coach of the Year, led the men's squad to four top-five PCSC finishes and the women's team to four top-five conference finishes in his first seven years as the Matador boss. In 2004, Schreifels coached Lauren Andrews, who became the second Northridge swimmer to reach the NCAA Division I Championships when she qualified in the 200 Backstroke. In 2001, Lisa Andrade became the first to swim at the NCAA's, qualifying in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke.
His Matadors have not only found success in the pool, but in the classroom as well. The women's squad was honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as an Academic All-America Swimming Team in 1995-96 and 1996-97 for maintaining at least a 2.80 grade point average. In 1995-96, CSUN tied for 23rd in the nation with a combined 3.06 GPA and was one of only three California schools on the CSCAA list, with California being the only in-state institution to finish ahead of the Matadors. The next year, the Matador women finished 26th among all Division I schools with a 3.106 GPA.
Schreifels was named head coach of the Matadors in 1993 after being an assistant coach at Arizona State from 1989 to 1993. During that time, the Sun Devils posted a dual meet record of 33-6 and featured 10 Olympians, numerous U.S. National Team members, 27 NCAA All-Americans and 30 Academic All-Americans.
He is the head coach of a Matador sport that has a rich, winning tradition. The Cal State Northridge swimming and diving team have claimed a national championship or conference title 23 times. The Matador women's program won four NCAA Division II National Championships and finished runners-up on four other occasions. The men's program finished as the top team in the country nine times in Division II competition, in addition to placing second four times.
Schreifels began his collegiate coaching career at Ohio where he was an assistant swimming coach from 1986-89, helping the Bobcats to the Mid-American Conference swim title in 1989. His coaching experience also includes stints as a senior coach with Rose Bowl Aquatics and as head coach for Team America/Sun Devil Aquatics (1990-93), Athens Swim Club (1986-89) and Mustang Swim Club (1992), involving over 200 athletes from beginner through Olympic level. He has also coached at the Skagit Valley YMCA (1981-86) and at Mt. Vernon High School (1983-86).
He graduated from Western Washington in 1984 and earned his master's degree in athletic administration from Ohio in 1988. While at Western Washington, he played on the Vikings' ice hockey squad from 1980-84, which posted four consecutive Western United States Collegiate Club Hockey Championship titles. A 1980 graduate of Burlington Edison High School in Burlington, Wash., Schreifels recorded state championships in both football (1977) and golf (1978-79), while also swimming for the local YMCA squad.
Schreifels was born on May 6, 1962, in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. He and his wife, Celine, were married on Aug. 15, 1998, in Switzerland. The couple have a son, Henri, and a daughter, Celeste, and reside in Agoura Hills.