MILWAUKEE – Head women\’s basketball coach Terri Mitchell has announced the hiring of John Barnes as assistant coach for the Marquette University women\’s basketball team Tuesday.
\”I\’m extremely excited to have John as part of our family,\” said Mitchell. \”He has had a tremendous amount of success from the time he was a player to when he was a head coach. He brings great knowledge to the game, passion for teaching and a pure love for the game of basketball. Those qualities impressed all of us; and he has immediately captured the vision we have for this program. He will help continue the tradition we have here at Marquette and help take this program to even higher levels.\”
Barnes brings a wealth of coaching experience to Milwaukee, as he served as the head coach at Michigan Tech for seven seasons (2003-2010). During his lone season as an assistant coach at Wisconsin in 2010-11, Barnes helped the Badgers to tie for third in the Big Ten and rank among the conference\’s top three programs in six offensive categories.
\”I\’m very excited about the opportunity to work with a great head coach and an experienced staff,\” said Barnes. \”Between the success they had this season and knowing the team will be young next season, I hope to make a big impact. The BIG EAST Conference is a one of the premier conferences in the country and to compete against some of the best programs and coaches motivates me to work even harder to help Marquette reach new heights.\”
Barnes guided Michigan Tech to winning records in all seven seasons, compiling an overall record of 156-55 (.739). The Huskies advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship five times during his tenure, including Elite Eight appearances in 2009 and 2010.
Tech won three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championships and two tournament titles under Barnes. The Huskies were 104-30 (.750) in GLIAC games during his tenure.