HEAD COACH KIM BARNES ARICO
Kim Barnes Arico enters her seventh season as the head coach in 2018-19, guiding the Wolverines to at least 20 wins in each of her six seasons, two NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2017 WNIT Championship. She was announced as the ninth head coach in the history of the program on April 20, 2012.
Barnes Arico is already the winningest coach in program history, amassing 134 wins in just six seasons. The only coach in program history to have six 20-win seasons, KBA is first all-time in winning percentage (.647) with a 134-73 record in Ann Arbor. Barnes Arico holds an 84-26 (.763) record at Crisler Center during her tenure after a 14-3 mark during the 2017-18 season. U-M has won at least 13 games at Crisler in six of her seven seasons, including a record-setting 19 wins in 2016-17. Barnes Arico also eclipsed 400 wins for her career during the 2017-18 season, making her the seventh active Big Ten coach to reach the mark.
KBA has coached 10 players to 16 All-Big Ten citations, highlighted by U-M's all-time leading scorer and three-time All-Big Ten first teamer Katelynn Flaherty. Flaherty, the 2017-18 Michigan Female Athlete of the Year, also earned three consecutive WBCA All-America honorable mentions (2016, 2017, 2018) as the only player in school history with multiple honors. Barnes Arico was named the 2017 Big Ten Coach of the Year by the coaches and media, becoming the first consensus winner in school history. Nicole Elmblad also earned back-to-back Academic All-America honors (2014, 2015) and was the recipient of the Medal of Honor in 2015.
Barnes Arico also completed a two-year stint with USA Basketball (2014-15), serving as an assistant coach alongside Dawn Staley (South Carolina) and Jeff Walz (Louisville) for the U18 (2014) and U19 (2015) teams. She won a pair of gold medals at the FIBA U19 World Championships in 2015 and at the FIBA U18 America's Championship in 2014.
Michigan has made the postseason in each of Barnes Arico's six seasons, advancing to the NCAA Tournament second round twice (2013, 2018). U-M has found itself back in the national spotlight as well during KBA's tenure, returning to the Associated Press poll in January 2013 for the first time in 10 years. Michigan has been ranked 21 times in the AP poll and 19 times in the coaches' poll over the last six years.
The 2017-18 season saw U-M return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2012-13 season, where the Wolverines picked up a win in the first round. Michigan compiled a 23-10 record during the season, the second-most wins in a season in school history. Flaherty set a new Michigan record by hitting 118 three-pointers on the season en route to earning her third straight consensus Big Ten honor. Hallie Thome was a first-teamer for the second straight season and Jillian Dunston was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team. U-M spent the majority of the season ranked in both polls, peaking at No. 13 in the Associated Press poll at the beginning of February. Michigan's 15-week run in the AP poll was the longest in program history.
Barnes Arico led Michigan to its first postseason championship in 2016-2017, as the Wolverines captured the WNIT Championship after being left out of the NCAA Tournament despite a third place finish in the Big Ten. Michigan went 11-5 in conference play to finish alone in third place, its highest finish since 2011 and the second-most Big Ten wins in program history. Flaherty and Thome each earned All-Big Ten first-team honors to mark the first time U-M had multiple first teamers. The Wolverines regrouped during the WNIT, reeling off six straight wins for the title. U-M held off Georgia Tech in three overtimes in the championship game to hang its first banner in Crisler.
During KBA's first five seasons in the Maize and Blue, the Wolverines racked up at least 20 wins in each year and advanced to the postseason each time. In 2013-14, U-M weathered losing 88 percent of its scoring from the season before to still reach 20 wins and the third round of the WNIT with four new starters.
Prior to joining the Maize and Blue, she spent 10 seasons at the helm of the St. John's women's hoops program, building the Red Storm into a national power. She guided St. John's to four NCAA Tournament appearances, with the Red Storm advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2012.
Barnes Arico compiled a 176-133 overall record and five 20-win campaigns at St. John's. She was twice named Big East Coach of the Year (2006, 2012) and had 11 of her players earn All-Big East honors and six receive all-rookie team selection.
In 2011-12, St. John's posted a 24-10 overall record and finished second (13-3) in the Big East standings. Barnes Arico was named the 2012 Big East Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the USBWA National Coach of the Year award. St. John's finished No. 15 in the final USA Today Coaches poll and reached its highest-ever ranking of No. 13 by the Associated Press.
The highlight of the 2011-12 season was when Barnes Arico and her Red Storm ended Connecticut's 99-game home winning streak with a 57-56 win on Feb. 19, 2012, at Gampel Pavilion. It was also the UConn's first home loss to an unranked opponent in nearly 19 years.
Prior to accepting her position at St. John's, Barnes Arico was extremely successful at NCAA Division II Adelphi (1999-2002). She led the Panthers to three consecutive postseason appearances, posting a 65-24 overall record and a 51-13 league mark.
In 2001-02, Adelphi won its first New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers finished with a 28-3 record and earned the school's first national ranking in school history, finishing No. 12. Barnes Arico was named the NYCAC, NIT/Metropolitan Basketball Writers Division II and Nassau County Sports Commission Outstanding Female Coach of the Year.
Barnes Arico started her head coaching career at Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison, a Division III university in New Jersey. She led the Devils to a 13-11 record during the 1996-97 season before accepting the head coaching post at New Jersey Institute of Technology for two seasons (1997-99). Helping the program transition from Division III to Division II, Barnes Arico was named the New Jersey Coach of the Year after taking the program from the five-win total in her first season to 11 victories in year two.
A native of Mastic Beach, N.Y., Barnes Arico helped lead Stony Brook University to the 1989 NCAA Division III Tournament as a freshman. She spent her final three seasons at Montclair State University, serving as captain during her junior and senior seasons. Barnes Arico led the team to back-to-back ECAC Tournament appearances in 1991 and 1992 and was the team's leading scorer both seasons. A scholar-athlete award recipient, Barnes Arico graduated from Montclair State in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and health.
Barnes Arico went into teaching after graduation, accepting a position as a physical education and health teacher at the Academy of Saint Aloysius in Jersey City, N.J., during the 1993-94 academic year. She left Saint Aloysius and moved into an identical position at Chatham High School from 1994-96 in Chatham, N.J.
Barnes Arico and her husband, Larry Arico, are the parents of a son, Trevor, and daughters Emma and Cecelia.