The University of Arizona has named Adia Barnes as its head women’s basketball coach, Director of Athletics Greg Byrne announced on Monday.
Barnes is the leading scorer in Arizona women's basketball history. She has spent the last five seasons serving as an assistant coach for the University of Washington.
“This is an exciting day for the University of Arizona,” Byrne stated. “Not only are we hiring an excellent basketball coach, who also excelled as a player, but we’re able to welcome one of Arizona’s all-time greats back to campus."
Barnes won a WNBA Championship with the Seattle Storm in 2004, was named to the Storm’s All-Decade Team. She also played for Cleveland, Minnesota and Sacramento and overseas in the Ukraine, Israel, Turkey, Russia and Italy.
“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to be the next head coach at my alma mater,” said Barnes. “I’m looking forward to working with the young women in Arizona’s basketball program as well as the wonderful people in McKale."