Michigan, Barnes Arico agree to 3-year extension

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico is in her fifth season.

Kim Barnes Arico agreed to a three-year contract extension as head women’s basketball coach at Michigan.

Barnes Arico is the only head coach in program history to guide the Wolverines to three 20-win seasons. She has a three-year record of 62-40, including 20-15 last season when they finished 8-10 in the Big Ten.

“When I came to Michigan three years ago I really believed it was a place my family and I would be at for a long time,” Barnes Arico said in a statement. “I left a top 20 program and the region I grew up in because I believed in the vision of Michigan, everything it has to offer its student-athletes and its commitment to excellence. It has been such a privilege to work at the best university in the world, where I am surrounded by greatness each and every day.

“My time here so far has been tremendous and I have received an incredible amount of support from the University, the community and the athletic department.”

Barnes Arico’s contract extension will keep her at Michigan through the 2020-21 season.

“I know what an outstanding coach we have in Kim and I’m thrilled to get this extension in place,” Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett said. “Kim has done a fantastic job of developing students both academically and athletically.”

Prior to Michigan, Barnes Arico led St. Johns’ program for 10 seasons, guiding the Red Storm to five 20-win seasons, four NCAA Tournament appearances and a Big East Coach of the Year honor in 2012 when they finished 24-10 (13-3 Big East), defeated Connecticut during the regular season and advanced to the Sweet 16.

Barnes Arico’s lone NCAA tourney appearance at Michigan came in her first season, 2012-13 when the Wolverines finished 22-11, 9-7 in the Big Ten. They were 20-14 (8-8 Big Ten) in 2013-14.

The Wolverines return two of their top four scorers in guards Katelynn Flaherty (14.3) and Siera Thompson (10.9). Senior guard Madison Ristovski also returns.