YSU hires Barnes as women's basketball coach

John Barnes, who has won nearly 73 percent of the games he's coached in during his 17 years at the collegiate level, has been selected to continue building the Youngstown State University women's basketball program into a perennial contender in the Horizon League as its head coach.

Barnes, who will be introduced to the Youngstown community and media next week, is the seventh head coach in program history. The 40-year old comes to the Penguins after serving as associate head coach at Green Bay last season and spending the previous two seasons as an assistant in the Big Ten. He led Division II Michigan Tech to 156 wins and five appearances in the NCAA Tournament as the Huskies' head coach from 2003-10.

Barnes has been to the postseason 12 times in his 17 seasons as a college coach, including each of his three seasons at the Division I level. He has spent his entire collegiate career in the Midwest, and his teams have posted a winning record in all 17 of his seasons.

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