Rick Barnes

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Rick Barnes
Current position
TitleHead coach
Record155–82 (.654)
Biographical details
Born (1954-07-17) July 17, 1954 (age 68)
Hickory, North Carolina
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1978North State Academy (assistant)
1978–1980Davidson (assistant)
1980–1985George Mason (assistant)
1985–1986Alabama (assistant)
1986–1987Ohio State (assistant)
1987–1988George Mason
Head coaching record
Overall759–396 (.657)
Tournaments25–26 (NCAA Division I)
5–4 (NIT)
0–1 (CBI)
6–4 (SEC)
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA Regional—Final Four (2003)
Big East tournament (1994)
SEC tournament (2022)
3 Big 12 regular season (1999, 2006, 2008)
SEC regular season (2018)
Naismith Coach of the Year (2019)
Henry Iba Award (2019)
Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award (2018)
CAA Coach of the Year (1988)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (1999, 2003, 2008, 2014)
SEC Coach of the Year (2018)
John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award (2009)

Richard Barnes (born July 17, 1954) is a men's college basketball head coach for the Tennessee Volunteers of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Barnes coached the Texas Longhorns from 1998 to 2015, taking the team to the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament in 16 of his 17 seasons, including 14 straight from 1999 to 2012, as well as a Final Four appearance led by T. J. Ford in 2003. Barnes previously coached at George Mason University, Providence College, and Clemson University. He has an overall record of 25–26 (.490) in the NCAA tournament (including 19–16 while at Texas).

Early life[edit]

Barnes was born on July 17, 1954 and grew up in Hickory, North Carolina.[1] He is a 1977 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College where he was a member of the men's basketball team.

Coaching career[edit]

Barnes served as an assistant under Eddie Biedenbach at Davidson for two seasons and one with Wimp Sanderson at Alabama.

Prior to coaching at Texas, Barnes coached at George Mason, Providence, and Clemson.[2] Barnes advanced to three NCAA tournaments at Providence and three consecutive at Clemson before leaving for Texas in 1998. Barnes won his first post-season conference tournament championship in 1994, while at Providence. At Clemson, his Tigers spent one week of the 1996–97 season ranked second in the AP Poll, the highest ranking in school history.


Barnes was hired by Texas in April 1998, and the basketball program immediately displayed his impact. Despite playing with just seven scholarship players for the majority of the 1998–99 season and opening the season with a 3–8 record, the Longhorns won 16 of their final 21 games, winning the regular season Big 12 conference championship by a two-game margin, and finishing the year at 19–13 and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.

Barnes' success at Texas, a traditional football powerhouse, sparked interest in college basketball at the university and throughout the state. At Texas, Barnes won a school-record 402 games[3] and transformed the school into one of the top college basketball programs in the nation. He guided the Longhorns to 16 NCAA tournament appearances. They reached the Final Four in 2003, their first in over 50 years, and advanced to the Elite Eight in 2006 and 2008.[3] He also led Texas to their first #1 ranking in 2010, and led the Longhorns to the first 30-win seasons in school history. He coached two national players of the year: T. J. Ford (2003) and Kevin Durant (2007).[3] He also won four Big 12 Coach of the Year awards (1999, 2003, 2008, 2014) during his time in Austin, establishing himself as a nationally regarded coach. He was fired in 2015 after Texas failed to advance to the Sweet 16 for the seventh straight season.[2]


Barnes was hired by the Tennessee Volunteers in 2015. He was the Vols' third coach in as many seasons. Cuonzo Martin had left for California after the 2013–14 season; his successor, Donnie Tyndall, had been fired after just one season for lying about NCAA violations at his previous stop, Southern Mississippi.

Barnes increased the Vols' win total in each of his first four seasons.[2] In 2018, he was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Volunteers to a share of their first regular-season SEC title in a decade and a spot in the conference championship game, earning his sixth-career conference coach of the year award.[4]

In 2018–19, he was named the Naismith College Coach of the Year after the Vols finished 31–6 (tying a school record for wins in a season) and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. They were ranked No. 1 for several weeks during the season, only the second time that the Vols have been ranked that high.[2][5]

Personal life[edit]

Barnes is a Christian. He has two children with his wife Candy. His son is a missionary overseas. His daughter Carley lives in Texas. [6]

In 2007, Barnes made a cameo appearance in the NBC television series Friday Night Lights as a recruiter for the fictional school TMU.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
George Mason Patriots (Colonial Athletic Association) (1987–1988)
1987–88 George Mason 20–10 9–5 T–2nd
George Mason: 20–10 (.667) 9–5 (.643)
Providence Friars (Big East Conference) (1988–1994)
1988–89 Providence 18–11 7–9 T–6th NCAA Division I Round of 64
1989–90 Providence 17–12 8–8 T–6th NCAA Division I Round of 64
1990–91 Providence 19–13 7–9 T–7th NIT quarterfinal
1991–92 Providence 14–17 6–12 9th
1992–93 Providence 20–13 9–9 T–4th NIT semifinal
1993–94 Providence 20–10 10–8 T–4th NCAA Division I Round of 64
Providence: 108–76 (.587) 47–55 (.461)
Clemson Tigers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1994–1998)
1994–95 Clemson 15–13 5–11 T–6th NIT first round
1995–96 Clemson 18–11 7–9 6th NCAA Division I Round of 64
1996–97 Clemson 23–10 9–7 4th NCAA Division I Sweet 16
1997–98 Clemson 18–14 7–9 T–4th NCAA Division I Round of 64
Clemson: 74–48 (.607) 28–36 (.438)
Texas Longhorns (Big 12 Conference) (1998–2015)
1998–99 Texas 19–13 13–3 1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
1999–00 Texas 24–9 13–3 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 32
2000–01 Texas 25–9 12–4 T–2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2001–02 Texas 22–12 10–6 T–3rd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2002–03 Texas 26–7 13–3 2nd NCAA Division I Final Four
2003–04 Texas 25–8 12–4 T–2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2004–05 Texas 20–11 9–7 T–5th NCAA Division I Round of 64
2005–06 Texas 30–7 13–3 T–1st NCAA Division I Elite Eight
2006–07 Texas 25–10 12–4 3rd NCAA Division I Round of 32
2007–08 Texas 31–7 13–3 T–1st NCAA Division I Elite Eight
2008–09 Texas 23–12 9–7 T–4th NCAA Division I Round of 32
2009–10 Texas 24–10 9–7 T–6th NCAA Division I Round of 64
2010–11 Texas 28–8 13–3 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 32
2011–12 Texas 20–14 9–9 5th NCAA Division I Round of 64
2012–13 Texas 16–18 7–11 7th CBI first round
2013–14 Texas 24–11 11–7 T–3rd NCAA Division I Round of 32
2014–15 Texas 20–14 8–10 T–6th NCAA Division I Round of 64
Texas: 402–180 (.691) 186–94 (.664)
Tennessee Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (2015–present)
2015–16 Tennessee 15–19 6–12 12th
2016–17 Tennessee 16–16 8–10 T–9th
2017–18 Tennessee 26–9 13–5 T–1st NCAA Division I Round of 32
2018–19 Tennessee 31–6 15–3 T–2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2019–20 Tennessee 17–14 9–9 T–8th
2020–21 Tennessee 18–9 10–7 4th NCAA Division I Round of 64
2021–22 Tennessee 27–8 14–4 T–2nd NCAA Division I Round of 32
2022–23 Tennessee 5–1
Tennessee: 155–82 (.654) 75–50 (.600)
Total: 759–396 (.657)

      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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carboni, Nick (April 28, 2015). "Tennessee's Rick Barnes rose from humble beginnings". The Tennessean. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Bolch, Ben (April 7, 2019). "Rick Barnes emerges as the new front-runner in UCLA's basketball coaching search". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Goodman, Jeff; Borzello, Jeff (March 30, 2015). "Rick Barnes wanted to stay". ESPN.com. Associated Press. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  4. ^ Stephens, Marshall (March 6, 2018). "Barnes named SEC Coach of the Year, Williams wins Player of the Year honors". WATE-TV. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Borzello, Jeff (April 8, 2019). "Sources: Tennessee's Barnes courted by UCLA". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Ramey, Grant (March 7, 2018). "Rick Barnes' faith changed his approach to coaching, life". Knox News. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "Rick Barnes". IMDb. Retrieved October 15, 2019.

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