Kim Barnes Arico Named Next Michigan Head Coach
Kim Barnes Arico

April 20, 2012

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan director of athletics Dave Brandon announced Friday (April 20) the hiring of Kim Barnes Arico as the ninth head coach in the 40-year history of the Wolverines women's basketball program. The New York native joins the Michigan family after spending the past 10 seasons as the St. John's University women's coach. She will be formally introduced at a press conference Monday (April 23) at 12:30 p.m.

"Kim is an elite coach that will help elevate our women's basketball program to new heights," said Brandon. "Kim has been successful at every coaching stop and has built teams that compete for championships. She is a tireless recruiter who will accomplish great things at Michigan. We are extremely happy that Kim and her family chose to join Michigan Athletics."

"I am excited and honored to represent the University of Michigan as its new head women's basketball coach," said Barnes Arico. "The University of Michigan is world renowned for its academic and athletic excellence and our program will continue to stress the Universities foundational values of being a true student-athlete - excellence in the classroom, excellence on the court and involvement in the community. I want to thank everyone associated with St. John's University for all that they have done for me, my family and the women's basketball program over the past 10 years."

Throughout her 10 seasons at St. John's, Barnes Arico built 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 the previous two tournaments (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 third (13-3) in the Big East standings, trailing only Final Four participants Notre Dame and Connecticut. Barnes Arico was named the 2012 Big East Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the USWBA 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. Larry is the athletic director and head football coach at Marist High School.

Kim Barnes Arico's Coaching Record

Season School Overall Conference Postseason
1996-97 Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison 13-11      
1997-98 New Jersey Institute of Technology 5-21 3-17 NYCAC First Year Division II
1998-99 New Jersey Institute of Technology 11-16 9-12 NYCAC NYCAC, First Round
1999-2000 Adelphi 18-10 16-6 ECC  
2000-01 Adelphi 19-11 15-5 ECC  
2001-02 Adelphi 28-3 20-2 ECC NCAA II, 2nd Round
2002-03 St. John's 8-19 2-14 Big East  
2003-04 St. John's 10-18 4-12 Big East  
2004-05 St. John's 20-11 7-9 Big East WNIT, 2nd Round
2005-06 St. John's 22-8 11-5 Big East NCAA, 2nd Round
2006-07 St. John's 8-20 4-12 Big East  
2007-08 St. John's 18-15 7-9 Big East WNIT, Quarterfinal
2008-09 St. John's 19-15 4-12 Big East WNIT, 3rd Round
2009-10 St. John's 24-6 12-4 Big East NCAA, 2nd Round
2010-11 St. John's 22-11 9-7 Big East NCAA, 2nd Round
2011-12 St. John's 24-10 13-3 Big East NCAA, Sweet 16
TOTALS (16 Seasons) 270-205 136-129    

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