Rick Barnes Biography

Rick Barnes is a well-known America-based men’s college basketball head coach, committed to the Tennessee Volunteers of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In May of 2022, he was selected as chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee after serving on the committee for multiple years. He has proven himself as one of the nation’s most consistently successful college basketball coaches.

Early Life

Rick Barnes was born on 17th July 1954 in Hickory, North Carolina, which makes him 68 years old as of 2023. Regarding Rick’s family background, his parent’s and siblings’ details are not mentioned to the public. Talking about his education, he completed his primary high school education in 1973 with good grades from Hickory High School in North Carolina. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1977 where he majored in health and physical education. While in college won the Captain’s Award for Leadership as a junior and senior. On 7th May 2005, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lenoir-Rhyne.

Rick Barnes Career

Rick began his career while studying higher education. In 1985-86, he joined Wimp Sanderson’s staff at Alabama as an assistant coach. The following year, he served as an assistant at Ohio State under Coach Gary Williams. Talking about his coaching career, he began with a job at North State Academy during the 1977-78 season. The following year, he served as an assistant under Coach Eddie Biedenbach at Davidson College for two seasons. He then moved on to George Mason where he served as an assistant to Joe Harrington from 1980-85. On 23rd April 1987, he joined his first head coaching position at George Mason. After leading his team to the conference tournament championship game, he was acknowledged as the league’s Co-Coach of the Year. 

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1988–1994 At Providence

He served as the head coach at Providence College for six years. He led the Providence Friars men’s basketball team and was named District I Coach of the Year by the NABC.

1994–1998 At Clemson

From 1994-1998, he served for the Clemson Tigers men’s basketball team. Under his guidance, Clemson made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. 

1998–2015 At Texas 

On 12th April 1998, he was hired as the 23rd men’s basketball coach in Texas. Under his guidance, the Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team made 16 NCAA tournament appearances. He coached Chris Mihm in 2000, T.J. Ford (National players of the year in 2003), Kevin Durant (National players of the year in 2007), and D.J. Augustin in 2008. He earned Big 12 Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time (including years (1999, 2003, 2008, 2014). He was also named NABC District 9 Coach of the Year for the fifth time (including years 1999, 2001, 2003, 2008, and 2014). Furthermore, he received the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award (2009) and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s (USBWA) Award accolade that honors his coaching excellence.

2015–present At Tennessee

Rick Barnes was appointed as coach by the Tennessee Volunteers Men’s Basketball Team on 31st March 2015. Since 2015, he has earned many titles and honors including the 2018 SEC Coach of the Year for helping the volunteers share their first regular-season SEC title in a decade and appear for the conference championship game. Eventually, this made him earn the sixth-career conference coach of the year award.

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Humanitarian Work

Rick Barnes is a philanthropic contributor and has a history of generous charitable giving and service. He supports the Emerald Youth Foundation in Tennessee, United States, and plays an active member role in the Board of Trustees.

Rick Barnes (Coach) Biography

Real Name Richard Dale Barnes
Birth Date 17 July 1954 
Age (as of 2023) 68 Years
Birth Place Hickory, North Carolina, United States
Profession Basketball Coach
College Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory High School
Qualification Graduate

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 9” – in Centimeters – 175 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 83 kg  –  in Pounds –  182 lbs
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown


Sister Sandy Barnes
Brother Tommy Barnes, Gary Barnes, Toby Barnes

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Who is his wife? Candy Barnes
Children Two (Carley & Nick Barnes)

Rick Barnes Wife

Rick is a happily married man. His loving wife’s name is Candy. Together the couple has two adult children – Nick (38 years old son as of 2023), and Carley (35 years old daughter as of 2023). His daughter, Carley, married her husband, Josh Lickteig and they have four children: Avery, Caleb, Emma, and Isla. His son Nick married his wife, Rachel, and they have a son, Everett. As of now, Rick enjoys his personal life and spends his free time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. 

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Social Media

Rick is active on social media platforms. As of 15th March 2023, he has an official Twitter account with the username @RickBarnesUT. On his Twitter account, he has got nearly 37.8k followers, as of March 2023.

Rick Barnes Net Worth

Rick Barnes is a well-known head coach for men’s college basketball for the Tennessee Volunteers. Throughout his career, he committed to men’s basketball coaching and encouraged many students to become professional players. We can assume that Rick has accumulated an estimated net worth of $3 Million.

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