With the departure of long-time staff member Denise Ianello, the job of recruiting coordinator has been added to the list of duties for third-year assistant coach Kellee Barney with the Wildcat women's basketball program. Barney's responsibilities also include scouting, floor work with the players and assisting with the Joan Bonvicini Hoop Camp.
Before coming to Tucson, Barney spent two years as a program manager for the People to People Sports Ambassador Program in Spokane, Wash. People to People was founded by former President Dwight Eisenhower to further his vision of a more peaceful world through friendship and understanding.
Barney encouraged young athletes to expand their leadership abilities through sports and international travel. During her tenure, Barney shared her personal experiences as both an athlete and a coach with over 10,000 families across the United States.
Barney brought to Arizona 17 years of coaching experience at the Division I level. She was head coach at Gonzaga University from 1994-2000. During her time there, her program produced two first team All-West Coast Conference selections, six honorable mention All-WCC choices and seven players who earned WCC All-Academic laurels. Her 1998-99 squad was among the nation's top 10 for overall team grade-point average.
Prior to her stint at Gonzaga, Barney was on staff at Washington State for nine seasons, under former Cougar head coach Harold Rhodes. She started as an assistant coach from 1985-93, then was promoted to associate head coach for the 1993-94 season. WSU gathered a 107-143 record during her time there, including the program's last visit to the NCAA tournament in 1991. Barney was an assistant coach for the Pac-10 All-Star Team during its 1992 tour of Belgium and France and also during its 1989 tour of Hungary.
Barney began her career as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Portland State from 1983-85 before moving on to Washington State.
A graduate of the University of Idaho, Barney earned a bachelor of science degree in sociology from the school in 1983. She played for the Vandals from 1982-83 and was part of Idaho's 1982 Northwest Empire League and regional champion team that posted a 27-5 mark.
Barney received an associate of arts degree from Wenatchee Valley College in 1981 and spent two seasons playing basketball for the school, which is located in Wenatchee, Wash. Both the 1980 and 1981 teams won state championships during her career there.
Barney and her husband, Michael, have a six-year-old son, Jarryd.