U-M hires Barnes Arico as women's bball coach

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced Friday that he had hired Kim Barnes Arico as the women’s basketball coach. Barnes Arico replaces former coach Kevin Borseth, who returned to Green Bay after coaching the Wolverines for five years.

"Kim is an elite coach that will help elevate our women’s basketball program to new heights," Brandon said in a university press release. "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."

Barnes Arico comes to Michigan from St. John’s, where she led the Red Storm to four NCAA Tournament appearances during her 10 years at the helm of the program. Three other times, she led St. John’s to the WNIT, making her the winningest women’s basketball coach in the Red Storm’s history.

She is the two-time Big East Coach of the Year (2006, 2012) and produced 11 All-Big East players.

"I am excited and honored to represent the University of Michigan as its new head women’s basketball coach," Barnes Arico said in a university press release. "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.”

Before coaching at St. John’s, Barnes Arico coached at Adelphi, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison. In college, Barnes Arico played at Stony Brook University for one season before transferring to Montclair State University, where she was a two-time captain.