Rick Barnes leaves Texas as the program's all-time winningest coach
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas and head basketball coach Rick Barnes have mutually agreed to part ways, the school announced today. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Barnes compiled an overall record of 402-180 (.691) in the last 17 seasons at Texas, an average of nearly 24 victories per year. A national search for Barnes' replacement will begin immediately.
A four-time Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year (1999, 2003, '08 and '14) and five-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 9 Coach of the Year (1999, 2001, '03, '08 and '14), Barnes elevated the Texas program to a consistent level of national prominence never before seen at the Forty Acres.
In his 17 years at UT, he led the Longhorns to 16 NCAA tournament appearances (streak of 14 consecutive from 1999-2012), including five trips to the NCAA Sweet 16, three to the Elite Eightn and one to the Final Four (2003). The appearance at the 2003 Final Four marked the third time in school history and first since 1947 (span of 56 years) that UT had advanced to the Final Four.
Texas claimed three Big 12 Conference titles in the Barnes era (1999, 2006 and '08). The Longhorns set a school record by recording 13 consecutive 20-win seasons from 1999-2000 through 2011-12. UT reached the 20-win mark a total of 15 times in 17 seasons under Barnes.