Barnes Arico, Michigan agree to two-year extension

The Detroit News
Kim Barnes Arico

John Beilein isn't the only all-time winningest basketball coach who's going to have a longer stay in Ann Arbor.

On Thursday, Michigan announced women's basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico signed a two-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season. Contract terms weren't disclosed.

"Kim has worked tirelessly to grow our basketball program here at Michigan," athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement. "She is a tremendous evaluator of talent and educator for our student-athletes. She sets a wonderful example for our program and I look forward to her continued leadership and success."

Barnes Arico passed Sue Guevara to set the all-time wins mark this past season and is 134-73 in six seasons. She is the only coach in program history with six consecutive 20-win seasons.

Barnes Arico has also guided the Wolverines to the second round of NCAA Tournament twice (2013, 2018) and to the WNIT title in 2017, the same season she was named Big Ten coach of the year.

"I want to thank Warde Manuel and the University of Michigan for their continued support of me and the women's basketball program," Barnes Arico said in a statement. "The resources and commitment to our team have been unbelievable, which have had a major impact on recruiting and our success on the court. We have some signed some of the best classes nationally these past few seasons and have been able to raise the profile of the program.

"I am also thankful to the Ann Arbor community for embracing 'The Hardest Working Team in America' and making an impact on our team. I am excited for what the future holds for Michigan women's basketball."

Michigan finished 23-10 overall and 10-6 in Big Ten play last season, marking the second consecutive season the Wolverines won at least 23 games and 10 conference contests.

Barnes Arico and company will have their work cut out to extend that streak next season. The Wolverines will return three starters (Hallie Thome, Nicole Munger and Hailey Brown), but will also have to replace Michigan's all-time leading scorer and three-time first team All-Big Ten selection Katelynn Flaherty and defensive stalwart Jillian Dunston.

Prior to Michigan, Barnes Arico spent 10 seasons at St. John's, where she guided the Red Storm to five 20-win seasons and four NCAA Tournament appearances, and earned Big East coach of the year honors in 2006 and 2012.