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Coaching lessons from Barnes Arico

They almost never stop
moving at the Crisler
Center. Not this Wednes-
day afternoon, and certainly not
any time in
the future. -
move up
and down
the court,
when they
have to wait GREGORY
their turnto GARNO
return to the
drill. Today,.
one group runs down to simulate
a transition while the defense
sprints back to stop.
Three members of the
Michigan women's basketball
team's practice squad, which
consists of at least five males
along with other females, enter
as substitution on offense. The
three men run down the court
on offense - because there is no
stopping in practice - but miss
a shot attempt. Senior guard
Shannon Smith gets theball
after a rebound and beats one of
the men down the court to score.
So the practice squad member
touches the baselineand begins
running back down,just as any
other player would.
This is the hallmark of
Michigan coach Kim Barnes
Arico's team: No matter who you
are, you mustbe willing to work.
Her team is 2-0 asa result of it,
and it could be poised for a big
In a dayand age in Michigan
athletics when coaching is hot
a topic, Barnes Arico is quietly
putting on a clinic, providing
a handful of lessons on how to
lead a successful team.'
1) In order to build a strong
program, you must first
temper expectations:
When Barnes Arico came
from St. John's two years
ago, she inherited a group of
five seniors, all of whom had
developed their roles. There
were shooters, defenders, ball
handlers and role players who
worked well together, making
it to the NCAA Tournament's

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico enters her third year at the helm, havingadvanced to the NCAA Tournament in year one and WNIT quarterfinals in year two.

They're working through
something off the court as much
as they are on.
Sometimes, it's best to stop
moving- but just for a little
bit, because this team is always
moving-- and reflect.
4) No matterlhow great
a tactician or recruiter you
are, you must be willing to
outwork the opponent:
Barnes Arico is brilliant in her
defensive schemes or making the
best offense out of players that
aren't necessarily tall enough,
like this year's squad. She has
turned Goree from a bench
player who had to increase
her fitness into an All-Big Ten
second-team selection. And
Elmblad from th'e fifth option on
the starting offense to a captain
for the past two years.
And she's an excellent
recruiter, stealingsome of the
nation's best prospects away
from other top teams. Just
this year, three recruiting
publications rated her incoming
class in the top 20 of the nation.
But her teams succeed
because they work harder than
the team across the court.
Take a charge in practice,
like sophomore guard Siera
Thompson did Wednesday,
and everyone will rush to that
personto cheer and support her
decision. Fail to shut down the
shooter in time as Elmblad did
Wednesday, and Barnes Arico
will make sure everyone knows
that won't be accepted.
"We pride ourselves on being
in really good shape, and being
hard workers and blue collar,"
Barnes Arico said.
Even when they trailed twice
in both games this weekend,
Michigan stormed back to win
because it worked to rebound
and worked to get open to shoot.
They never stopped moving in
the Crisler Center.
And if there's one thing you
can come to expect, it's that they
won't stop anytime soon. Their
coach won't let them, anyway.
Gaffilc nibereached
at ggarno@umich.edu and
on Twitter: @G.Garno.

second round.
But Barnes Arico knows
opportunities like that are rare.
They can make you look good,
but they aren't necessarily
That's why she's honest and
open about her team. Last year,
she said she "didn't know what
to expect" before the Wolverines
surprised teams on their way to
the quarterfinals of the WNIT.
And this year, she's looking for
players to "be who they are,"
and "not try to do too much,"
because it's incredibly tough to
live up to expectations.
She's set forth goals, part of
"the process," as she calls it,
because thebest coaches know
success isn't immediate.
"We want them to really
embrace the process instead of
the outcome," Barnes Arico said.
"Sometimes, you get too caught
up with the outcome, and you
lose focus and you stop working
on what it takes to be better."
So don't worry if the
Wolverines miss out on

the NCAA Tournament or
if they don't win a Big Ten
Championship. Look at each
player as she progresses in
February or March, and then
you'll see Barnes Arico's success.
2) If youwant your players
to do something, you must
first do it-yourself:
On Barnes Arico's team,
players "had better be in shape"
if they want to succeed. But no
one wants to have to move all the
time - even though you have to
on this team.
So Barnes Arico encouraged
not only all of her players but
also her staff to join her in on a
plan to work out every day. Now,
she has made the effort to run or
lift daily, even goingso far as to
run a marathon last year.
She knows coaches are role
models as much as they are
experts in the game, and if
she wants to win as much as
her players, she has to do the
work herself. But Barnes Arico
won't get out on the court to
run with her own players,

though, because she's "too them, when two years ago
competitive." opposing teams might have
"I think it's really important, never even thought about
when you're the leader of any mentioning them. It's tough
program, to kind of set an to live up to that pressure, so
example," she said. "If I have Barnes Arico brought them in
greatexpectations of them, and and reminded them, no matter
I'm expecting them to do things. how they performed, she
on a day-to-day basis, I want "believed in them."
to try to demand the same of In Barnes Arico's program,
myself." everyone gets this treatment.
Since May 2013, Barnes Arico They sit down one-on-one
has worked out at least once with their coach to talk about
every day. That's 18 months, everything from how they
through recruiting trips, performed in the last game, to
holidays and family gatherings the semester's class schedule or
that she has never taken a day to discuss a relationship in their
off. family or a friend.
3) For the team to play its "A lot of coaching is about
best, you must make tinefor relationships, building
the individual: relationships and keeping the
Before senior forwards Nicole kids confident," Barnes Arico
Elmblad and Cyesha Goree said. "If they know that you care
began their last seasons, Barnes about them as people, they will
Arico called each of them into do anything you ask of them.
her office individually. "I think it's really about
Two of her best players, getting to know them as people."
the duo is no longer unknown Iincollege athletics,it's easy
to opponents. Now, scouting to forgetthat players are finding
reports make sure to include out something new every day.


Michigan's problems. MEN'S HOOPS
WOMEN'S HOOPS Four starters were on the From Page 1B
From Page 11B court for 30-plus minutes on
Sunday, and that has led to asvery
fatigued core. Sophomore guard Saturday's 92-68 barnburner
do it right away. Now, our next Siera Thompson was on for the against the Chargers, three
goal is to learn how to sustain longest time, playing 36 minutes. Michigan players scoredat least
that." On top of playing long minutes, 20 points for the first time since
For a fleeting moment, it the starters also had to deal with a December 10, 2011 victory
appeared that Friday's troubles playing two games in three days, over Oakland.
were due more to normal first- an exhausting experience for any But the Wolverines knew
game jitters, and not something athlete. BarnesAricoais confident coming into the season that
fundamental. But after the first that the team will learn to adjust they could count on production
half wound down Sunday, it was to the long minutes as the season from a its emerging "Big
apparent that it was more than wears on. Three" - sophomore forward
justjitters. Though the Wolverines came Zak Irvin, sophomore guard
The Bison went on a 19-6 run out with wins in both games, Derrick Walton, Jr. and junior
to end the first stanza to lead to Michigan is going to need to guard Caris LeVert.
ascore that reflected the troubles learn how to sustain its defense Walton, Irvin and LeVert
that were so prominent Friday. for the entire contest. scored 22, 21 and 20 points,
The Wolverines headed to the "I think the biggest thing for respectively, on Saturday
locker roomwith just aone-point us at this point is to continue afternoon, accounting for 64
lead and another 10 turnovers. to work on putting 40 minutes percent of Michigan's scoring.
Barnes Arico pointed to the together," Barnes Aricosaid. "We That said, younger offensive
returning players' conditioning played in spurts, as we did the presences like freshman
and the adjustment of the other night, and that's something forwards D.J. Wilson, Aubrey
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need to become apparent fast.

Redshirt freshman
forward Mark Donnal has
clearly established himself as
Michigan's starter in the low
post, but he can't be expected
to contribute 30-plus minutes
of productivity just yet. The
question is who can help him,
and right now, the answers
aren't quite there.
Freshman forward Ricky
Doyle played just nine minutes
against Hillsdale, scoring seven
points in the short span. He's
still in the process of recovering
from an ankle tweak and other
kept him periodically sidelined
throughout preseason practice.
Wilson, meanwhile, is
capable of playing the low post
at 6-foot-9, though his lean 220-
pound frame and remarkable
athleticism mean he fits better
at power forward.
Who the Wolverines use at
the No. 5 spot when Donnal
is on the bench will be a key
question moving forward.
They might try to answer it in
the week's upcoming games
against Bucknell and Detroit-
Mercy, one of Michigan's last
remaining stretches of low-
pressure opposition.

In brief: Frank Clark
arrested for assault

According to online records
for the Erie County (Ohio) jail,
Frank Clark, a senior defensive
end on the Michigan football
team, appears to have been
arrested for domestic violence.
Per the records, Clark was
apparently jailed for class Ml
Domestic Violence on Nov. 16.
In addition to visual
identification via the Erie jail's
included mugshot, Clark's date of
birth in the jail records matches
the information given by the.
University's official athletic site,
are gathering more information,"
a Michigan spokesperson said in
an e-mail to the Daily.
Sunday evening, Michigan
coach Brady Hoke released the
following statement: "We are
aware of the report involving
Frank Clark. I have not spoken
with Frank but will at the
appropriate time.We will respect
the legal process and make any

decisions once we have the facts."
A class M1 Domestic Violence
charge in the state of Ohio
carries a maximum sentence of
180 days and a maximum fine of
In September 2012, Clark
pleaded guilty to a felony count
of second-degree home invasion
for entering a University dorm
and taking a laptop, both
without permission. He was
sentenced to one year probation
and fined $1,741.
In response to that incident,
Michigan coach Brady Hoke
suspended Clark for a week of
fall practices and the season
opener of the Wolverines' 2012
campaign. He was reinstated
for the second game of that year.
This season, Clark has been
Michigan's biggest defensive
force with 13.5 tackles for loss.
.He has recorded 42 total tackles
(29 solo, 13 assisted) and 4.5
According to the Sandusky
Register, Clark is scheduled for
a 9 a.m. court hearing Monday
in Sandusky Municipal Court.

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