Mildred Barnes

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Mildred Barnes
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1980Central Missouri
Head coaching record
Overall156–63 (.712) (Central Missouri only)
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Mildred Barnes is an American basketball coach and executive. She was a member of the U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Committee from 1965 through 1972 and served as the chair of that committee from 1974 to 1976. Barnes was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.[1]


Barnes attended Boston University, where she earned both an undergraduate degree from Boston University's Sargent College as well as a doctoral degree from Boston University's School of Education.[2]

While at Boston University, she competed in multiple sports:[2]


Barnes served as the head coach for the Iowa from 1966 to 1969. The Iowa team was part of the first postseason intercollegiate invitational tournament in 1969, where they placed fourth.[3] Barnes then went on to coach Central Missouri from 1971 to 1980.

She was the head coach of the team representing the US in the inaugural Jones Cup Tournament in 1977.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Central Missouri (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1971–1980)
1971–72 Central Missouri 16–3
1972–73 Central Missouri 17–6
1973–74 Central Missouri 13–7
1974–75 Central Missouri 13–8
1975–76 Central Missouri 15–8
1976–77 Central Missouri 23–6
1977–78 Central Missouri 17–10
1978–79 Central Missouri 16–10
1979–80 Central Missouri 26–5 AIAW Opening Round
Mildred Barnes: 156–63 (.712)
Total: (156–63 (.712))

      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


Barnes was active in the Division for Girls' and Women's Sports (DGWS), which was part of the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. That organization oversaw the development of women's basketball in the middle of the 20th century. (That organization formed the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (CIAW), which led to the AIAW, a predecessor organization of the NCAA). She served on a number of committees and was the principal editor of the DGWS Basketball Guide in 1965-66.[1]

Barnes played a key role in the beginning of the entry of women's basketball into the Olympics. She served on the US Olympic women's basketball committee from 1965 to 1972, then became chair of the committee, which oversaw the inaugural competition in 1976.[5]


Barnes is the author of several publication, including books in basketball and field hockey. She authored a chapter in the book by Joan S. Hult A Century of women's basketball : from frailty to final four In which she trace the evolution of the women's game from the 1920s to the 40s. That period started with a game using a court with three sections. Players were either guards centers of forwards and restricted to staying in their own section. The game transitioned to a two section court, and the addition of rovers who were able to go the length of the court, although other players still had to remain in their half of the court and only a single dribble before pass or shot was allowed. The game remained six players for many years, but slowing switched over to a five player game[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1977–1986—Board of Trustees of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame[7]
  • 1978—Boston University Hall of Fame[2]
  • 2000—Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 2005—United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame[2]
  • 2011—Missouri Sports Hall of Fame[8]
  • Boston University established the Mildred Barnes Award in her name, "presented to the Boston University student who is chosen the top female athlete of the year, regardless of class."
  • Central Missouri established a scholarship in her name: "for a student pursuing a degree in physical education and competed as a student athlete or is currently holding a graduate assistant coaching position for Jennies Athletics"[7]


  • Barnes, Mildred J. (1972). Women's basketbal. Allyn and Bacon. ISBN 978-0205066049.
  • Barnes, Mildred J. (1976). Women's basketbal. Allyn and Bacon. ISBN 978-0205034505.
  • Barnes, Mildred J.; Kentwell, Richard G. R. (1972). Field Hockey: The Coach and the Player. Allyn and Bacon. ISBN 978-0205065127
  • Barnes, Mildred J. (1965). Girl's basketball. Sterling Pub. Co. ISBN 978-0806943084.
  • Barnes, Mildred J. (1969). Girl's basketbal(Athletic Institute). Oak Tree Press. ISBN 978-0706121629.


  1. ^ a b c iThemesLab. "Mildred Barnes - Women's Basketball Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mildred Barnes Selected To U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame - Boston University". Boston University. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  3. ^ "The university of Iowa College of Education - Education at Iowa". Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  4. ^ "Jennies Basketball History". University of Central Missouri. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  5. ^ "USA Basketball History". Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  6. ^ A Century of women's basketball : from frailty to final four. Hult, Joan S., Trekell, Marianna. Reston, Va.: National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. 1991. ISBN 0883144905. OCLC 24184911.CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ a b "DR. MILDRED BARNES SCHOLARSHIP" (PDF). Central Missouri.
  8. ^ "Dr. Mildred Barnes - Missouri Sports Hall of Fame". Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-05-13.