Rick  Barnes

Rick Barnes

Head Coach


Personal Information

Full Name: Richard Dale Barnes
Born: July 17, 1954
Hometown: Hickory, N.C.
Education: Lenoir-Rhyne, 1977
Wife: Candy
Children: Nick, Carley
Grandchildren: Avery, Caleb, Emma

Coaching Experience

  • 1977-78:
    North State Academy, assistant coach
  • 1978-80:
    Davidson, assistant coach
  • 1980-85:
    George Mason, assistant coach
  • 1985-86:
    Alabama, assistant coach
  • 1986-87:
    Ohio State, assistant coach
  • 1987-88:
    George Mason, head coach
  • 1988-94:
    Providence, head coach
  • 1994-98:
    Clemson, head coach
  • 1998-2015:
    Texas, head coach
  • 2015-present:
    Tennessee, head coach


  • Is a perfect 2-0 against SEC rival Kentucky in Knoxville.
  • Led by SEC All-Freshman Team selection Grant Williams, UT's 2016-17 freshman class became the highest-scoring crop of freshmen in school history (1,040 points).
  • In his first season (2015-16), led the Vols to wins over SEC rivals Florida, Kentucky and Vanderbilt
  • Tennessee led the SEC in free-throw shooting in 2016-17 (.725)
  • In 2016-17, UT had its highest scoring offense (75.1 ppg) since 2008-09
  • Senior Kevin Punter Jr. was the nation's 13th-leading scorer in 2016-17 (22.2 ppg) and earned All-SEC honors


  • All-time winningest coach in Texas history
  • Advanced to the NCAA Tournament 16 times in 17 seasons
  • Appeared in five Sweet Sixteens, three Elite Eights and one Final Four
  • Won three Big 12 Conference championships (1999, 2006, 2008)
  • Four Big 12 Coach of the Year Awards (1999, 2003, 2008, 2014)
  • Five NABC District 9 Coach of the Year Awards (1999, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2014)
  • Led the Longhorns to a No. 1 national ranking on Jan. 11, 2010
  • 180 weeks in the Associated Press Top 25 (84 weeks in the Top 10)
  • 96 wins over Associated Press Top-25 opponents
  • Two National Players of the Year award winners
  • Three National Freshman of the Year honorees
  • Four consensus first-team All-Americans
  • Produced 17 NBA Picks, including 11 first-round selections
  • Signed five Top-10 recruiting classes
  • Signed 15 McDonald's All-Americans


  • School-record three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Advanced to the 1997 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
  • Earned a program-best No. 2 national ranking during the 1996-97 season
  • After four seasons, he owned the school's best all-time winning percentage (.607)
  • 13 wins over Associated Press Top-25 opponents
  • Signed a Top-10 recruiting class in 1996
  • Produced one NBA Draft pick


  • Five postseason berths (three NCAA Tournaments, two NITs)
  • Won the program's first Big East Tournament title (1994)
  • 17 wins over Associated Press Top-25 opponents
  • 1989 NABC District 1 Coach of the Year
  • Signed the nation's fourth-ranked recruiting class in 1990
  • Produced six NBA Draft picks, including three first-round selections


  • Led the Patriots to 20 wins in his lone season as head coach
  • 1988 Colonial Athletic Association co-Coach of the Year


Tennessee's fortunes on the hardwood have never looked brighter, as Rick Barnes, the most decorated and accomplished head coach in school history, will enter his third season guiding the Volunteers in 2017-18.

The marriage of Barnes' Hall of Fame-worthy résumé -- highlighted by 635 career Division I head coaching wins, the ninth-most among active coaches -- and Tennessee's world-class facilities, fervent fan base and outstanding athletic and academic resources, sets the Vols on a course to consistently compete for championships.

"Rick Barnes is an elite basketball coach in every respect," Tennessee Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart said. "Rick brings an extremely impressive track record of excellence, as well as much-needed stability, to our men's basketball program."

Despite the fact that his first Tennessee squad was undersized--with an average roster height of 6-4--Barnes guided the 2015-16 Volunteers to multiple wins over ranked teams and victories over traditional rivals Florida, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

Barnes personally worked with guard Kevin Punter Jr. on a complete mechanical overhaul of his jump shot, and that endeavor paid huge dividends for the senior, as Punter more than doubled his scoring average from his junior year and finished the season as the nation's 13th-leading scorer with 22.2 points per game. Punter's field-goal percentage also rose from .419 to .460 as he earned 2016 All-SEC honors.

In 2016-17, Barnes took another undersized roster that featured only three upperclassmen and exceeded preseason expectations, as well as the previous year's overall and SEC win totals.

The play of 2017 SEC All-Freshman Team forward Grant Williams highlighted the collective contributions of the highest-scoring freshman class in program history (1,040 points). Freshmen led the 2016-17 team in nine different statistical categories and were responsible for 44 percent of the squad's scoring.

The highlight win of Barnes' second season at Tennessee was an upset victory over fourth-ranked Kentucky. It gave the Vols back-to-back home wins over the Wildcats, who have not tasted victory in Knoxville since Barnes' arrival at UT.

In fitting with UT's mantra of "comprehensive excellence," Barnes' commitment to his players' academic achievement cannot be overstated. His teams have posted a perfect 1,000 score in five of the last six multi-year APR reports as well as perfect single-year APR scores every year from 2005-06 through 2014-15.

Immediately prior to Barnes' arrival on Rocky Top, he oversaw a prolific, 17-year run at Texas that included 16 trips to the NCAA Tournament.

In 30 overall seasons as a Division I head coach, Barnes has led his teams to 22 total NCAA Tournament berths, six Sweet Sixteens, three Elite Eights and one Final Four in 2003.

He boasts coaching experience in Southeastern Conference (Alabama assistant, 1985-86), Big 10 (Ohio State assistant, 1986-87), Colonial Athletic Association (George Mason head coach, 1987-88), Big East (Providence head coach, 1988-1994), Atlantic Coast Conference (Clemson head coach, 1994-98) and Big 12 (Texas head coach, 1998-2015).

His success on the "power conference" sidelines is simply staggering. He coached Providence to three NCAA Tournament berths in six seasons. He then guided Clemson to the Big Dance three times in four years. And his 16 NCAA appearances during his 17-season stint at Texas gives him 19 tournament berths in the last 22 years.

From 1995 through 2016, every player Barnes coached for four years made at least three trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Not only do his players find themselves perennially positioned to play for national championships, but they also carry themselves with a top-25 swagger. During his 17 years at Texas, Barnes' teams have spent 180 total weeks in the Associated Press Top 25, including 84 weeks in the Top 10. His Texas squad earned the program's first-ever No. 1 national ranking on Jan. 11, 2010. And he had previously coached Clemson to a No. 2 national ranking--the highest in that school's history--during the 1996-97 campaign.

On the flipside, Barnes has collected 99 career wins over Top-25 opponents. And his squads have toppled Top-10 teams a total of 35 times.

Nationally respected in player development, Barnes is the only coach in the nation that can claim two different National Players of the Year in the last 15 seasons (T.J. Ford in 2003 and Kevin Durant in 2007). Barnes also produced four consensus first-team All-Americans and three National Freshman of the Year honorees.

Barnes has produced 24 total NBA Draft picks, including 14 first-round selections. Durant -- who refers to Barnes as "more than a coach," but also a "father figure" -- was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Durant has won an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

"I think Rick is one of the elite coaches in the game," ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said. "There is not a better person in the game. He is a man of great character, both his athletic character and his overall character are championship level. I am thrilled for Tennessee with this hire.

"Hiring Rick brings immediate credibility and immediate stability. Rick has always been a rock in his level of his competitiveness, but at the same time being a players-first coach. He's built programs everywhere he's been. He's an amazing guy."

Barnes was handed the reins to the Tennessee program on March 31, 2015.

A native of Hickory, N.C., Barnes was born on July 17, 1954. He was a standout player at Hickory High, from which he graduated in 1973. Barnes moved on to Lenoir-Rhyne College (Hickory, N.C.), where he lettered for three seasons and won the Captain's Award for Leadership as both a junior and senior.

He earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Lenoir-Rhyne in 1977 and was named the college's Distinguished Alumnus in 1997. Barnes was inducted into the Lenoir-Rhyne College Hall of Fame on Oct. 5, 2002, and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lenoir-Rhyne on May 7, 2005.

He and his wife, Candy -- who is also a Hickory native -- have a son, Nick, and a daughter, Carley. Carley and her husband, Josh Lickteig, have three children: Avery, Caleb and Emma.


Year Name, Pos Round (Overall) Team
1990 Abdul Shamsid-Deen, C 2nd (53) Seattle
1991 Eric Murdock, G 1st (21) Utah
1994 Dickey Simpkins, F 1st (21) Chicago
1994 Michael Smith, F 2nd (35) Sacramento
1995 Eric Williams, F 1st (14) Boston
1995 Troy Brown, F 2nd (45) Atlanta
1998 Greg Buckner, G 2nd (53) Dallas
1999 Kris Clack, F 2nd (55) Boston
2000 Chris Mihm, C 1st (7) Chicago
2002 Chris Owens, F 2nd (48) Milwaukee
2003 T.J. Ford, G 1st (8) Milwaukee
2004 Royal Ivey, G 2nd (37) Atlanta
2006 LaMarcus Aldridge, F/C 1st (2) Chicago
2006 P.J. Tucker, G/F 2nd (35) Toronto
2006 Daniel Gibson, G 2nd (42) Cleveland
2007 Kevin Durant, F 1st (2) Seattle
2008 D.J. Augustin, G 1st (9) Charlotte
2010 Avery Bradley, G 1st (19) Boston
2010 Damion James, F 1st (24) Atlanta
2010 Dexter Pittman, C 2nd (32) Miami
2011 Tristan Thompson, F 1st (4) Cleveland
2011 Jordan Hamilton, G/F 1st (26) Dallas
2011 Cory Joseph, G 1st (29) San Antonio
2015 Myles Turner, C 1st (11) Indiana

Through the 2015-16 season, Barnes' 24 NBA Draft picks boasted combined basketball earnings in excess of $525.5 million.



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