The 10th head coach in UW women's hoops history announces recruits Kelsey Plum, Chantel Osahor and Brianna Ruiz are remaining with the Huskies. Kevin Morrison and Adia Barnes are staying on the staff. Assistant Fred Castro will join them from Tulsa.
A whirlwind, four-day search to replace Kevin McGuff ends where it began - with the top assistant on McGuff's Staff. The 44-year-old Neighbors gets a five-year contract starting at $350,000 per season as a first-time head coach.
Washington will host San Diego on Sunday at 12 p.m.
The Washington game against Arizona can be seen on FSN Sunday at 2 p.m. PST.
Masterful Tony Wroten and driven Jazmine Davis are lighting up the Pac-12 as new point guards. They could be the first Huskies hoops duo to win freshmen of the year awards in the same season.
Adia Barnes carries an impressive basketball resume into her third year on the University of Washington women's basketball staff.
The leading scorer in the history of University of Arizona women's basketball, Adia was a three time all-conference selection and Pac-10 player of the year in 1997-98. She currently ranks sixth among all-time conference scoring leaders. Barnes also had a 12 year professional career that included a WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm in 2004 and extensive overseas experience with stops in the Ukraine, Israel, Turkey, Russia and Italy.
On the Huskies staff, Barnes was recently promoted to recruiting coordinator. She will handle all aspects of recruiting, including budget, compliance and planning. This work will be in addition to her roles in player development.
Last season, Barnes worked with Jazmine Davis, who earned All-Pac-12 honors and Talia Walton who was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
During her first season in the collegiate coaching ranks, the "Dawgs" reversed a five year losing record and posted their first twenty win campaign in a decade.
Barnes has been a fixture in the Seattle area since 2002 through her Adia Barnes Foundation, which mentors under-served youth and conducts charitable events and community service projects such as school supply drives. In cooperation with the Huskies marketing department, the foundation also promotes ticket sales through efforts such as Barnes' Dawgs.
She formerly served as Director of Player and Coach Development at Seattle Academy and is widely known throughout the Puget Sound region as a broadcaster for NBA TV and Fox Sports Northwest. She recently completed her sixth season as the lead color commentator for the Seattle Storm radio broadcasts on AM 1090, KPTK radio.
Adia is a native of San Diego, CA and resides in Seattle with her husband, Salvo Coppa.