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Adia Barnes

Basketball Player

1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

3 February 1977 (Age 44 years), San Diego, California, United States


Pete Barnes, Patricia McRae

(75 kg) 165 lb

High school
Mission Bay (San Diego, California)

Arizona (1994–1998)

Playing Career



Sean Miller, Joan Bonvicini, Charli Turner Thorne

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Adia Oshun Barnes (born February 3, 1977) is the head women's basketball coach with the University of Arizona. She played at the collegiate level for the University of Arizona, then seven seasons of professional women's basketball with the Houston Comets, Seattle Storm, Minnesota Lynx, and Sacramento Monarchs in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She has played internationally with Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine. She serves as a TV color analyst broadcasting WNBA Seattle Storm games. Barnes is married to Salvo Coppa, a basketball coach she met in Italy. The wedding date was July 4, 2012.


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Early years

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Barnes grew up in San Diego, California and attended Mission Bay Senior High School in San Diego. Over the course of her high school career, she amassed 1112 Blocks, the most ever recorded by a female high school basketball player, 253 blocks ahead of second place Chris Enger.


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At 5'11", Barnes isn't as tall as most post position players vying for a position at the highly regarded Division I schools. The University of Arizona Head coach Joan Bonvicini didn't think she would be able to play at that position, even after watching film of her play. However, after seeing her in person, she immediately offered Barnes a scholarship, who enrolled in the school for the 1995 season. Her physical play earned her a comparison to Charles Barkley from a Sports Illustrated writer. In her freshman year she earned the Pac-10 freshman of the year award, the first player from Arizona to win such an award.

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In her sophomore year, the team earned a WNIT bid and won the championship. Barnes was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. As a junior, Barnes helped the team to their first ever NCAA appearance. They won their first game against Western Kentucky, and then lost by six points to the second seed in their bracket, Georgia. She went on to set 22 individual records for the Arizona Wildcats, including career points and Rebounds, many of which are still records. She would go on to become the first women's player in Arizona to be drafted into the professional leagues.

WNBA career

Although successful as an undersized post in college, Barnes knew that she would not be able to continue as a post player in the pros, so she decide to transform herself into a guard. She originally was signed by the now-defunct Sacramento Monarchs, playing in 29 games and earning a starting position in 16 games. However, she was then traded to Minnesota and then Cleveland, and saw her playing time dwindle. She played overseas to work on her skills and concentrated on becoming a specialist. In 2002, she was traded to the Seattle Storm, who were picked to finish sound to last in their division. With Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson on the team, Storm coach Lin Dunn wasn't looking for a scorer, so Barnes concentrated on becoming a shut-down defender. Her work effort paid off, and she helped the team to make the playoffs in only their third year of existence.


She also played internationally with Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine. She played for several Euroleague teams, Priolo(Italy), Elitzur Rampla(Israel), Napoli BK(Italy), UMMC(Russia), Mersin(Turkey), and Pozzuoli(Italy).


In 2007, Barnes became a color commentator for the radio coverage of the Storm. She had some experience as a commentator for the World Championship games. The games were held in Brazil, but the broadcasts were done in a remote studio, making it a challenge. As of 2012, she is doing broadcasts of Storm games for both radio and TV, along with play-by-play announcer Dick Fain. Barnes was the color commentator for the radio broadcasts of Seattle University Redhawks women's basketball games during the 2010-11 season.


In October 2010, Barnes was named Director of Player and Coach Development at Seattle Academy.

Barnes was approached by her Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini to see if she was interested in coaching. At the time, Barnes was still actively playing for the Storm, and turned down the opportunity. However, she enjoyed working at camps, so when the new head coach of the University of Washington, Kevin McGuff, asked her in 2011 to consider coaching, he was able to persuade her, and she joined the Huskies as an assistant coach. Barnes was named head women's basketball coach at the University of Arizona on April 4, 2016.

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Awards and achievements

  • 1995—Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year
  • 1996—WNIT Most Valuable Player
  • 1998—Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year
  • 1998—AP All-American (third team)
  • 1998—U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-American (first team)
  • University of Arizona—Points scored career 2237
  • University of Arizona—Points scored single season 653
  • University of Arizona—Points scored single game 35
  • University of Arizona—Rebounds career 921
  • 2003—Inducted into the University of Arizona Hall of Fame
  • References

    Adia Barnes Wikipedia