Kim Barnes Arico recently completed her first season at Michigan in 2012-13, leading the Wolverines to one of their most successful seasons in program history. She was announced as the ninth head coach in the 40-year history of the Wolverines women's basketball program on April 20, 2012.
Michigan went 22-11 in Barnes Arico's first season, tying the mark for most wins in school history. The Wolverines earned their second straight NCAA Tournament bid and advanced to the second round for the first time since 2001. U-M was ranked as high as No. 22 in the Associated Press poll in January, the first time the Maize and Blue was listed in the poll since the 2002-03 season. The Wolverines tied the longest winning streak in school history during the season, winning 10 straight games from Dec. 1, 2012-Jan.17, 2013.
U-M won its first four Big Ten games, the best start to a conference season ever. Senior Kate Thompson was named to the All-Big Ten second team and hit a school-record 110 three-pointers during the season. She participated in the AllState Three-Point Contest and joined a USA All-Star team that toured China following the season. Fellow senior Jenny Ryan picked up All-Big Ten third-team honors, with seniors Nya Jordan and Rachel Sheffer earning honorable mention.
The Wolverines finished tied for fifth in the Big Ten with a 9-7 record, reaching the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. U-M defeated Michigan State, 70-69, during the Crisler Dedication weekend for its first win over the Spartans since the 2007-08 season. Other notable wins for the Wolverines included victories at Iowa and No. 13 Purdue, beating Florida at home and Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Palo Alto, Calif.
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 and one of the elite teams in the Big East Conference. She guided St. John's to four NCAA Tournament appearances, with the Red Storm advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2012 after back-to-back second-round appearances (2010, '11). In 2006, she led St. John's to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988.
Barnes Arico led her Red Storm teams into postseason competition seven of her 10 seasons, with four NCAA Tournament berths and three WNIT appearances. She reached at least the second round of each national tournament in all seven appearances.
The winningest women's basketball coach in St. John's history, Barnes Arico compiled a 176-133 overall record with the Red Storm, with five 20-win campaigns, including three straight to end her tenure. 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, trailing only Final Four participant Notre Dame and pushing Connecticut to third in the league with a win over the Huskies during the regular season. 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 (March 5, 2012).
The highlight of the 2011-12 season and the St. John's program was when Barnes Arico and her Red Storm ended Connecticut's 99-game home winning streak with a 57-56 score on Feb. 19, 2012, at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. Shenneika Smith's three-pointer from the wing with eight seconds left lifted the Red Storm to victory over the No. 2 Huskies. 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 in three seasons at the 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, and guided Adelphia to a 28-win season in 2001-02, the year the program returned to the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since 1987.
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 won their first 21 games of the season, finished with a 28-3 record, and earned the school's first national ranking in school history. Adelphia completed the season ranked No. 12 in the final polls. Barnes Arico was named the NYCAC, NIT/Metropolitan Basketball Writers Division II and Nassau County Sports Commission Outstanding Female Coach of the Year.
Adelphi finished the 2000-01 regular season tied for second in the NYCAC with a 19-11 record and finished second in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament. Barnes Arico guided her team to an 18-10 record in her first season, tying the program high for wins in a season. She led the program to its first postseason berth, qualifying for the ECAC Tournament, and was recognized for her team's success by being named the 2000 NYCAC Coach of the Year.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Barnes Arico served as an assistant athletic director and was the academic liaison for student-athletes at Adelphi. She also served as a member of the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional Selection Committee and the ECAC Advisory Committee.
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 in Chatham, N.J., from 1994-96.
She was a member of the Kodak All-America selection committee for four seasons (2006-09). Barnes Arico served the past two seasons on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee as the Big East Conference representative.
Barnes Arico and her husband, Larry Arico, are the parents of a son, Trevor, and daughters Emma and Cecelia.
Kim Barnes Arico High School: William Floyd High School College: Stony Brook University (1988-89) and Montclair State University (1990-93) Family: Husband, Larry Arico Children: Son, Trevor (11); Daughters, Emma (7) and Cecelia (5)
Kim Barnes Arico's Coaching Record
New Jersey Institute of Technology
First Year Division II
New Jersey Institute of Technology
NYCAC, First Round
NCAA II, 2nd Round
WNIT, 2nd Round
NCAA, 2nd Round
WNIT, 3rd Round
NCAA, 2nd Round
NCAA, 2nd Round
NCAA, Sweet 16
NCAA, 2nd Round
TOTALS (17 Seasons)
Coaching Highlights Big East Coach of the Year (2006 & 2012) Finalist for the USBWA National Coach of the Year (2012) MBWA Coach of the Year (2006) Basketball Coaches Association of New York Statewide Coach of the Year (2005, 2010, 2011) NYCAC Coach of the Year (2000 & 2002) NIT/Metro Writers Coach of the Year (2002) Nassau County Sports Commission Oustanding Female Coach of the Year (2002) Inducted in the William Floyd High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2007)
Career Highlights Led Michigan to most wins in program history (22) and longest win streak (10) in first season Coached four All-Big Ten selections Winningest Head Coach in St. John's History (176 wins) Five NCAA Tournament appearances (2006, '10, '11, '12, '13) Reached the NCAA Sweet 16 (2012) Highest seed in St. John's history (No. 3, 2012) Three WNIT appearances (2005, '08, '09) Nine consecutive appearances in Big East Tournament (2004-12) Coached Big East Freshman of the Year (2009, Da'Shena Stevens) Coached 11 All-Big East selections and six All-Rookie Team selections Coached Big East Scholar-Athlete and Sportsmanship Award winner (2012, Da'Shena Stevens)