Kim Barnes Arico

Kimberly Ann Barnes Arico (born August 9, 1970)[2] is an American women's basketball coach, and the current head coach of the Michigan Wolverines women's basketball team. Previously, she was head coach of the St. John's University women's basketball team. Her tenure at St. John's officially began on May 7, 2002, when she was named the seventh head coach in the then 28-year history of the women's basketball program. She currently holds the record for most wins at the program and led the Red Storm to their first ever Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.[3]

Kim Barnes Arico
Arico coaching Michigan in January 2013.
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceBig Ten
Record156–85 (.647)
Biographical details
Born (1970-08-09) August 9, 1970
Mastic Beach, New York
Playing career
1988–1989Stony Brook
1990–1993Montclair State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–1997Fairleigh Dickinson–Madison
2002–2012St. John's
Head coaching record
Overall426–291 (.594)
Accomplishments and honors
  • WNIT/MBWA D-II Coach of the Year (2002)
  • NYCAC Coach of the Year (2000, 2002)
  • Big East Coach of the Year (2006, 2012) [1]
  • 2× MBWA D-I Coach of the Year (2006, 2010)
  • Big Ten Coach of the Year (2017)

Coaching career

During the 2017–18 season, she became the winningest coach in Michigan Wolverines women's basketball program history. She is the only coach in program history with six straight 20-win seasons. On July 12, 2018, Barnes Arico signed a contract extension with the Wolverines through the 2022–23 season.[4]

Personal life

Kim Barnes Arico is married to Larry Arico, and they have three children. They lived in Glen Rock, New Jersey when Kim was head coach at St. John's.[5]

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Fairleigh Dickinson–Madison Devils (MAC Freedom Conference) (1996–1997)
1996–97 Fairleigh Dickinson–Madison 13–115–7[6]
Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison: 13–11 (.542)
NJIT Highlanders (NCAA Division II independent) (1997–1999)
1997–98 NJIT 5–213–17
1998–99 NJIT 11–169–12
NJIT: 16–37 (.302)12–29 (.293)
Adelphi Panthers (New York Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1999–2002)
1999–00 Adelphi 18–1016–6
2000–01 Adelphi 19–1116–6
2001–02 Adelphi 28–320–2NCAA D-II Sweet 16
Adelphi: 65–24 (.730)52–14 (.788)
St. John's Red Storm (Big East Conference) (2002–2011)
2002–03 St. John's 8–192–1414th
2003–04 St. John's 10–184–1211th
2004–05 St. John's 20–117–9T–6thWNIT Second Round
2005–06 St. John's 22–811–5T–3rdNCAA Second Round
2006–07 St. John's 8–204–1212th
2007–08 St. John's 18–157–910thWNIT Quarterfinals
2008–09 St. John's 19–154–12T–13thWNIT Third Round
2009–10 St. John's 24–612–44thNCAA Second Round
2010–11 St. John's 22–119–7T–8thNCAA Second Round
2011–12 St. John's 24–1013–3T–2ndNCAA Sweet 16
St. John's: 176–134 (.568)83–87 (.488)
Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 Michigan 22–119–7T–5thNCAA Second Round
2013–14 Michigan 20–148–87thWNIT Third Round
2014–15 Michigan 20–158–108thWNIT Semifinals
2015–16 Michigan 21–149–9T-7thWNIT Semifinals
2016–17 Michigan 28–911–53rdWNIT Champion
2017–18 Michigan 23-1010-66thNCAA Second Round
2018–19 Michigan 22-1211-74thNCAA Second Round
Michigan: 156–85 (.647)66–52 (.559)
Total:426–291 (.594)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Coaching tree

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Assistants who served as NCAA Division I basketball head coaches:


  1. "SJU women's coach named Big East Coach of the Year". Times Ledger. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  2. "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 24 Sep 2015.
  3. "St. John's clinches Sweet Sixteen berth". Associated Press. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  4. VanMetre, Sarah (July 12, 2018). "Barnes Arico Signs Contract Extension Through 2022-23 Season". CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  5. O'Connor, Ian. "O'Connor: Glen Rock's Kim Barnes Arico is St. John’s miracle worker", The Record (Bergen County), March 9, 2010. Accessed October 8, 2015. "Out of her Rockwellian corner of Glen Rock, on the daily drive from Bergen to the urban realities of Queens, a mother of three tells a Big East success story that should embarrass every Tom, Dick and Harry – or every Norm, Freddie and Gonzo – failing to build a contender around the hurdles of their home, bittersweet home. Kim Barnes Arico, 39, head coach of the St. John’s women, has future Sandra Bullock acceptance speech written all over her."
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