Rick Barnes

Rick Barnes (born July 17, 1954)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Tennessee Volunteers
Current conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)
George Mason record: 20-10 (.667)
Providence record: 108-76 (.587)
Clemson record: 74-48 (.607)
Texas record: 402-180 (.691)
Tennessee record: 150-81 (.649)
Overall record: 754-395 (.656)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  26  (1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen: (1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2019)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four: (2003)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  3  (1991, 1993, 1995)
  • CBI Appearances:  1  (2013)
  • SEC Regular Season Champion(2018)
  • Big 12 Regular Season Champion:  3  (1999, 2006, 2008)
  • SEC Tournament Champion1  (2022)
  • Big East Tournament Champion:  1  (1994)

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2015-present Tennessee
1998-2015 Texas
1994-1998 Clemson
1988-1994 Providence
1987-1988 George Mason
1986-1987 Ohio State (asst)
1985-1986 Alabama (asst)
1980-1985 George Mason (asst)
1978-1980 Davidson (asst)

Rick Barnes Facts

  • Richard Dale Barnes
  • Born July 17, 1954
  • Hometown: Hickory, North Carolina
  • Alma Mater: Lenoir-Rhyne University (BA, 1977)
  • First coaching jobs were as an assistant at North State Academy, then for two seasons at Davidson under Eddie Biedenbach
  • Worked as an assistant at George Mason for five seasons under head coach Joe Harrington
  • Spent one season each as an assistant at Alabama under Wimp Sanderson and at Ohio State under Hall of Famer Gary Williams
  • First head coaching job came in 1987 at George Mason; Barnes would take the same job at Providence a year later and make his first three NCAA Tournament trips with the Friars during his six-year tenure
  • After four seasons as Clemson head coach (three NCAA Tournaments and one NIT), Barnes was hired in 1998 to be head coach at Texas
    • Successful 17-year tenure with the Longhorns included 16 trips to the NCAA Tournament, going to the Final Four in 2003, the Elite Eight twice (2006 & 2008) and Sweet Sixteen twice (2002 & 2004)
    • Won 20+ games in all but two seasons and twice won 30+ games with the Longhorns
    • Notable players recruited and coached include Kevin Durant, D.J. Augustin, T.J. Ford, Myles Turner, P.J. Tucker, Tristan Thompson and Jordan Hamilton, among others
    • Fired as the Texas head coach in March 2015 after the Longhorns were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament
  • Hired less than a week later to be the new head coach at Tennessee
  • Along with his wife, Candy, has two children and two grandchildren

Rick Barnes Coaching Tree

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