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Rick Barnes

Title Head coach
College Texas
Sport Basketball
Born July 17, 1954 (1954-07-17) (age 55)
Place of birth Hickory, North Carolina, USA
Annual salary $2,000,000
Career highlights
Big 12 Regular Season Championship (1999, 2006, 2008)
Big East Tournament Championship (1994)
CAA Coach of the Year (1987)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (1999, 2003, 2008)
Playing career
1974–1977 Lenoir-Rhyne
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
N. State Academy (asst.)
Davidson (asst.)
George Mason (asst.)
Alabama (asst.)
Ohio State (asst.)
George Mason

Richard Dale Barnes (born July 17, 1954 in Hickory, North Carolina) is the current head coach of the University of Texas Longhorns men's basketball team. He has coached Texas for the last ten seasons, taking the team to the NCAA Tournament each year, including a Final Four appearance led by T. J. Ford in 2003. Barnes previously coached at George Mason University, Providence College, and Clemson University. He is a 1977 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College where he was a member of the men's basketball team.

Barnes' success at Texas, a traditional football powerhouse, has sparked interest in college basketball at the university and throughout the state of Texas. Hired in April 1998, the basketball program immediately displayed Barnes' impact. Despite playing with just seven scholarship players for the majority of the 1998–1999 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. Barnes received his third Big 12 Coach of the Year award on March 10, 2008.

Barnes has had great regular season success with 400+ wins and has transformed Texas into a one of the top college basketball programs in the nation. He also led Texas to their first #1 ranking in 2010. However, he has won only one post season conference tourney championship (Providence, 1994 Big East) in his 21 years as a collegiate head coach. He has an overall record of 18–16 (.529) in the NCAA tournament (16-10 at Texas). In seven of his ten years at Texas, the Longhorns went on to lose to a lower seed in the NCAA Tournament. Currently, the Longhorns are only one of three teams to have made the Sweet 16 5 times in the last 7 years, with the others being Duke and Kansas. As for his coaching tree, Rick Barnes has had four of his assistants hired to head coaching gigs with Larry Shyatt formerly coaching Wyoming and Clemson, Dennis Felton at Western Kentucky and now Georgia, Frank Haith at Miami, and Ken McDonald going to Western Kentucky.

Barnes shot down speculation that he would entertain leaving for the University of Kentucky’s vacant head coaching job after Kentucky's first choice, University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan, turned them down. The job eventually went to Texas A&M's head coach, Billy Gillispie.

Rick Barnes made a cameo in the NBC hit series Friday Night Lights as a recruiter for the fictional school TMU.

Head coaching record

Rick Barnes on the sideline at the Frank Erwin Center
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 9–5
Providence Friars (Big East Conference) (1988–1994)
1988–89 Providence 18–11 7–9 T–6th NCAA First Round
1989–90 Providence 17–12 8–8 T–6th NCAA First Round
1990–91 Providence 19–13 7–9 T–7th NIT Quarterfinals
1991–92 Providence 14–17 6–12 9th
1992–93 Providence 20–13 9–9 T–4th NIT Fourth Place
1993–94 Providence 20–10 10–8 T–4th NCAA First Round
Providence: 108–76 47–55
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 First Round
1996–97 Clemson 23–10 9–7 4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1997–98 Clemson 18–14 7–9 T–4th NCAA First Round
Clemson: 74–48 28–36
Texas Longhorns (Big 12 Conference) (1998–present)
1998–99 Texas 19–13 13–3 1st NCAA First Round
1999–00 Texas 24–9 13–3 2nd NCAA Second Round
2000–01 Texas 25–9 12–4 T–2nd NCAA First Round
2001–02 Texas 22–12 10–6 T–3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002–03 Texas 26–7 13–3 2nd NCAA Final Four
2003–04 Texas 25–8 12–4 T–2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2004–05 Texas 20–11 9–7 T–5th NCAA First Round
2005–06 Texas 30–7 13–3 T–1st NCAA Elite Eight
2006–07 Texas 25–10 12–4 3rd NCAA Second Round
2007–08 Texas 31–7 13–3 T–1st NCAA Elite Eight
2008–09 Texas 23-12 9-7 T-4th NCAA Second Round
Texas: 270–105 129-47

Source: [1]

Total: 472–239

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

National award winners

Year Player Awards
2002–2003 T. J. Ford Naismith & Wooden
2006–2007 Kevin Durant AP POY, Oscar Robertson Trophy, Adolph Rupp Trophy, Naismith, Wooden
2007–2008 D. J. Augustin Cousy Award




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