The McKale Center is crawling with former Arizona Wildcat student-athletes that cannot seem to escape its historic walls.
Former Wildcat All-American Andy Barnes retuned to the program on Aug. 25, 2008, as an assistant coach.
Since joining the program, Barnes has helped the Wildcats amass two tournament victories, 16 top-five finishes and earn three NCAA Regional appearances -- including a runner-up finish in 2011 -- and two NCAA Championship berths.
Individually, five UA players have claimed individual medalist honors, five have earned all-Pac-10 honors and one was an All-American. Additionally, the countable stroke average for UA's junior varsity squad has fallen by more than a stroke since Barnes joined the program.
Barnes, an Arizona letterman from 1995-99, played and caddied on the highest levels of professional golf. He spent six years on the Canadian Tour, including fully exempt status in 2001 and 2002. Barnes played in multiple PGA Tour events, including the 1999 United States Open and the 2003 Tucson Open, and also played on numerous mini-tours around the country. He has qualified for more than a dozen Nationwide Tour events in his career.
Barnes also has extensive experience as a caddie. Most memorably, Barnes was on the bag as his brother and fellow UA alumnus Ricky won the 2002 United States Amateur Championship. He continued to caddie for Ricky off-and-on since then, and most recently has caddied for current PGA Tour professional Charley Hoffman.
As a player, Barnes posted a 74.28 stroke average during his four-year collegiate career. He still ranks fifth on the UA career rounds played list with 169. His best season was 1997-98, where he posted a 72.37 stroke average en route to first team all-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-America honors. Barnes also was an honorable mention all-Pac-10 pick in 1999 and participated in the 1998 U.S.-Japan Collegiate Golf Championship.
Barnes, 34, received his degree in sociology from Arizona in 1999. He is married to former UA softball player Erika Hanson.