Kim Barnes Arico is new Michigan women's basketball coach
The Michigan women's basketball program has its new leader.
Former St. John's coach Kim Barnes Arico, the 2012 Big East Coach of the Year, was named the program's ninth head coach Friday, according to an official university release.
"I am excited and honored to represent the University of Michigan as its new head women’s basketball coach," said Barnes Arico said in a statement. "The University of Michigan is world renowned for its academic and athletic excellence and our program will continue to stress the university's 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."
The winningest women's basketball coach in St. John's history, Barnes Arico compiled a record of 176-133 during her 10-year tenure with the Red Storm.
Under her guidance, St. John's went four straight NCAA Tournaments and most recently advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2012.The Red Storm made a postseason appearance in seven of her 10 seasons on campus. She was also a two-time winner of the Big East Coach of the Year award, earning the honor in 2006 as well.
Last season, St. John's went 24-10 before falling in the Sweet 16, ending the season at No. 13 in The Associated Press' Top 25 poll.
The high point of Barnes Arico's season a year ago, though, may have came in Storrs, Conn., when her Red Storm club ended Connecticut's 99-game home winning streak with a 57-56 win on Feb. 19.
"Kim is an elite coach that will help elevate our women’s basketball program to new heights," Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement. "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."
Prior to her hiring at St. John's, Barnes Arico spent three seasons as head coach at Division II Adelphi, where she also served as an assistant athletic director. She began her head coaching career at Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison in 1996-97 and also spent two seasons in charge at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Her 16-year head coaching record is 270-205.
Barnes Arico takes over for Borseth, who made one NCAA Tournament appearance during his five seasons in Ann Arbor, guiding Michigan to its first tourney appearance since 2001 last season.
The Wolverines capped their 2011-12 season Thursday with a team banquet, naming junior forward Rachel Sheffler the team's most valuable player.
Saying he was no longer happy in Ann Arbor, Borseth opted to resign and return to his old position at Green Bay.
"That walk of life didn’t fit me very well," Borseth said earlier this month. "As a result, it evidently showed in my happiness, because that’s what my wife (Connie) said. She said 'You’re not happy.' One of my daughters said, ‘That’s what I pray for. For you to be happy.’ That was an eye-opening statement for me."
Michigan will formally announce Barnes Arico on Monday during a news conference on campus.
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