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Barnes in 2009, during his tenure with the Texas Longhorns
|Born||July 17, 1954|
Hickory, North Carolina
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1977–1978||North State Academy (assistant)|
|1980–1985||George Mason (assistant)|
|1986–1987||Ohio State (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||24–24 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|NCAA Regional—Final Four (2003)|
Big East Tournament (1994)
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)
4× 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 Dale 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 24–24 (.500) in the NCAA tournament (including 19-16 while at Texas).
Prior to coaching at Texas, Barnes coached at George Mason, Providence, and Clemson. Barnes advanced to three NCAA tournaments at Providence and three consecutive at Clemson before leaving for Texas in 1998. Barnes won his only post-season conference tournament championship to date 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' success at Texas, a traditional football powerhouse, sparked interest in college basketball at the university and throughout the state. Barnes was hired 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 in the NCAA Tournament.
At Texas, Barnes won a school-record 402 games 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. 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). 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.
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. 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.
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.
Barnes is a Christian. He has two children with his wife Candy. His son is a missionary in the Middle East. His daughter Carley lives in Texas.
Head coaching record
|George Mason Patriots (Colonial Athletic Association) (1987–1988)|
|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|
|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)|
|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|
|Tennessee:||104–63 (.623)||49–36 (.576)|
Postseason invitational champion
- List of college men's basketball coaches with 600 wins
- List of NCAA Division I Men's Final Four appearances by coach
- Carboni, Nick (April 28, 2015). "Tennessee's Rick Barnes rose from humble beginnings". The Tennessean. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
- 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.
- Goodman, Jeff; Borzello, Jeff (March 30, 2015). "Rick Barnes wanted to stay". ESPN.com. Associated Press. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
- 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.
- Borzello, Jeff (April 8, 2019). "Sources: Tennessee's Barnes courted by UCLA". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
- Ramsey, Grant (March 7, 2018). "Rick Barnes' faith changed his approach to coaching, life". Knox News. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
- "Rick Barnes". IMDb. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
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