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Rick Barnes is known as a men's college basketball head coach. He is most famous for coaching the Tennessee Volunteers of the Southeastern College Basketball Conference.


Background and Career

Richard Dale Barnes was born in July 17, 1954 and experienced childhood in Hickory, North Carolina Barnes' success and prosperity at Texas as a basketball coach came as a welcome surprise to the campus that was used to being a customary football powerhouse. He started enthusiasm for basketball at the college and all through the state.

Barnes was employed by the Texas school in April 1998, and the basketball program promptly started to change. Regardless of playing with only seven scholarship players for most of the 1998– 99 season and opening the season with a 3-8 record, things were about to flip. The Longhorns won 16 of their last 21 games, winning the regular season Big 12 meeting title and completing the year with a 19-13 record. Barnes got his third Big 12 Coach of the Year award on March 10, 2008.

At Texas, Barnes won a school-record 402 games and changed the school into one of the top basketball programs in the country. He guided the Longhorns to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances. They achieved the Final Four in 2003, their first appearance in more than 50 years, and progressed to the Elite Eight of in 2006 and 2008. He additionally drove Texas to their first #1 positioning in 2010, and claims the first 30-win seasons in school history.

He trained two national players of the year, T. J. Passage (2003) and Kevin Durant (2007). Kevin Durant went on to become one of the best players in the NBA. To this day, he still considers Rick Barnes to be a great mentor and a major reason for his development into a top star.

Personal Life


Barnes and his family are devoted Christians. He has tried to use his bible teachings to motivate his college players. He has 2 children with his significant other Candy. His child Nick is an evangelist in the Middle East. His little girl Carley lives in Texas where he is currently enjoying his life as a college coach.

In 2007, Barnes showed up in the NBC TV series Friday Night Lights as a representative for the fictional school TMU. His family was happy to see their father appear on a TV show playing a character that was very similar to his real life career and persona.

Date modified: Aug 9, 2020
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