Entering his 10th season as the head coach at Baylor, Jim Barnes has taken the program to new heights, compiling a school-record .538 winning percentage and the most wins of any head coach in program history with 155. Hired on Dec. 3, 2003, the former Lamar and Wyoming head coach has helped Baylor return to the NCAA Tournament twice and establish itself in the national rankings.
During his first nine seasons, Barnes has compiled a record of 155-133 (.538). More impressively, he's led Baylor to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances including the 2009 NCAA Sweet 16, its highest ranking in program history and coached the first two All-Americans in program history. Steadily improving over the course of his tenure, Barnes' squad has improved both on and off the court, totaling 12 all-conference and 38 academic all-conference honors while the program has not suffered a losing season since 2007.
In his 18 seasons as a Division I head coach, Barnes has gathered 318 wins, including seven 20-win seasons. In 2012, he led the Bears to the program's ninth 20-win season while picking up his 300th career victory Aug. 25, 2012, against Nevada.
The 2012 Bears finished 20-12 overall and Baylor was sixth in the final Big 12 standings with a 7-9 mark. Barnes saw Zoe Adom, Torri Campbell and Alyssa Dibbern earn All-Big 12 honors. The Bears overcame an 0-4 start in league play by winning seven of their last 12 league matches and narrowly missed an NCAA Tournament bid.
Barnes became Baylor's winningest coach in 2011, capturing his 130th victory on Oct. 5 against Texas Tech. The season was highlighted by the program's fourth-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
In what has become a staple of Barnes-coached teams, the defense shined during the 2010 season. Led by libero Caitlyn Trice's school-record 6.23 digs per set, Baylor's back row led the Big 12 and ranked third in the NCAA with 18.91 digs per set. Sweeping Texas A&M for the first time in the history of the 32-year-old rivalry helped Baylor to a 16-15 record, narrowly missing a berth to the NCAA Tournament. Elizabeth Graham earned all-conference honors and helped lead Baylor to the Courtyard by Marriott/UCF Classic title early in the season.
In 2009, Barnes' squad achieved previously unreachable milestones, including an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the first All-Americans in program history and the defeat of the two highest-ranked opponents ever at BU - 11th-ranked Iowa State and No. 9 UCLA. After earning an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, Barnes' crew took down Georgia Tech before stunning No.-8 seed UCLA on its home floor to advance to the Sweet 16. Setter Taylor Barnes and middle blocker Anna Breyfogle became both Barnes' and Baylor's first All-Americans, helping the Bears reach a program-high ranking of No. 17.
Breyfogle and Barnes, under Jim Barnes' guidance, piled up the postseason awards. The duo became the first pair to earn back-to-back all-conference and all-region awards, while Breyfogle became the first player in program history to earn a conference MVP honor. Breyfogle was named the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league in blocking by an astounding margin for the second consecutive season.
Barnes' 2008 team finished 18-13 overall, placing sixth in the Big 12 with a 9-11 league record. Barnes' squad began the year with a then-school record eight-straight wins to open a season, then broke another school record by winning its first three Big 12 matches. That season Breyfogle and Taylor Barnes earned all-conference and all region honors with Breyfogle leading the Big 12 in blocks per set and Taylor Barnes leading the conference in service aces per set.
Baylor's 2007 squad compiled an overall record of 14-17, finishing eighth overall in the Big 12. The Bears were on the cusp of a winning season with a 14-11 record late in the year, but suffered six straight losses, including a program-record four five-set losses in a row. Defensive play highlighted the season, as Baylor ranked fourth in the Big 12 and 37th nationally in blocks-per-set and averaged 16.48 digs-per-set.
The 2006 Bears went 18-15, producing a winning record for the first time in Barnes' tenure and a three-win improvement over the previous year. The Bears were ranked as high as 30th in the nation, and set a then-school record with a 12-1 non-conference record.
For the third straight year, Baylor improved defensively, a point of emphasis for Barnes and his staff. The Bears finished the season averaging more blocks and digs per set than the previous season for the third time under Barnes. The 2006 Bears continued their dominance at the net, ranking 24th nationally and fourth in the Big 12 at 3.11 per set. The Bears also ranked seventh in the league with 15.62 digs per set, their highest ranking in that category since the 2001 NCAA Tournament squad. The Bears knocked off two ranked opponents and recorded a 3-0 win over Kansas in Waco, Baylor's first three-set sweep in Big 12 play in four years.
In the 2005 season, the Bears made their first of two consecutive three-win improvements under Barnes. BU went 15-17 overall and 6-14 in Big 12 Conference play, two more league wins than 2004. The Bears ranked 19th nationally and third in the Big 12 with 3.05 blocks per set, while also ranking fifth in the league with 14.53 digs per set. Baylor's signature victory was a four-set win over NCAA Tournament participant Texas A&M in College Station, the first road win over the Aggies since 1992.
In his first season at Baylor, Barnes led the Bears to a 12-19 record, 4-16 in Big 12 Conference play. The Bears won five straight matches to claim the Sam Houston State Tournament title and recorded an upset victory over No. 24 Kansas at home. Desiree Guilliard-Young continued to emerge as a dominant force, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors and the Most Valuable Player at the SHSU Tournament. Guilliard-Young helped the Baylor block rank 17th nationally and out-block 25 of 31 opponents, including the nation's top blocking team, Nebraska.
Prior to his arrival at Baylor, Barnes was introduced as the 10th head coach in Wyoming volleyball history on Dec. 19, 2001. He took over a program that posted a 9-15 record in 2001 before his arrival and promptly produced the school's first 20-win season in 11 years. Only the third Wyoming coach, and the first since 1983, to win 20 matches in his debut season at the Laramie, Wyo., school, Barnes' 2002 team fashioned an 11-match win streak and won in-season tournament titles at host schools Auburn, Central Michigan, Cornell and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Barnes' second Wyoming team raced to a 13-6 start, highlighted by a pair of victories over Baylor and a championship at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. However, his team lost three key players to injuries down the stretch and finished 15-16 overall, giving him a two-year UW mark of 35-27 (.565). Of the program's 10 coaches, only two won more games in their first two seasons at the Cowgirl helm than Barnes.
The Wyoming program had one student-athlete earn first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors each season Barnes was on the bench and his 2002 squad had five players earn academic all-conference recognition.
Before moving to Wyoming, Barnes spent six seasons as head coach at Lamar University, where his teams posted an overall record of 128-71 (.643). He earned 2001 Southland Conference Coach of the Year honors after leading his final Lady Cardinal squad, which featured four all-conference performers, to a 26-5 record and the Southland Conference regular-season title with an 18-2 SLC record.
Barnes guided LU to 24 victories in 2000, the program's most since 1993, and picked up his 100th career-coaching win along the way. He also led the Lady Cardinals to the finals of the Southland Conference Tournament, just one victory away from a berth in the NCAA Tournament. In the tournament semifinals that year, Lamar knocked off undefeated regular-season champion Texas State and ended the nation's longest winning streak at 23 matches.
In four seasons (1998-2000) of play in the Southland Conference, his Lamar teams posted 86 victories and he was inducted into the Tachikara Victory Club. Prior to that, Lamar was a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
Picked to finish sixth in the 1997 Sun Belt Conference preseason coaches poll, Barnes directed the Lady Cards to a share of the conference title with an 8-1 record and was rewarded with Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors. His squad, which ended Arkansas State's nation-leading 54-match regular-season win streak, advanced to the Sun Belt Tournament finals before falling to preseason title favorite UALR and ending the year with a 22-15 record.
In his first season at Lamar, he inherited a team that finished 13-22 the previous year and lost two All-Sun Belt Conference performers. With a team that started no seniors and two freshmen, the Lady Cardinals won the Nicholls State Tournament and the Stephen F. Austin Invitational en route to a 20-13 final mark.
The Sulphur, La., native took over the Lamar program after spending six seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, McNeese State. In 1993, McNeese posted what was then its best finish in school history at 25-7 and finished as the Southland Conference runner-up. The 1994 squad posted a 22-7 mark and earned McNeese State's first-ever regional ranking.
Barnes earned his bachelor's degree in health and human performance from McNeese State in 1994 and completed his master's degree from the school in 1996. He is married to the former Tracy Pittman, and they have two daughters, Brooke Aidan and Jenna Grace.