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Originally published Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 6:12 PM

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Huskies hire former Storm player Adia Barnes as assistant coach

New Washington women's basketball coach Kevin McGuff has hired Adia Barnes, a former Storm player, as his third assistant coach.

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Former Storm forward Adia Barnes was hired as Washington's third women's basketball assistant coach. First-year UW coach Kevin McGuff announced the hiring Tuesday.

Barnes was a member of the Storm's 2004 WNBA championship team and relocated to Seattle full-time last year after retiring from playing basketball, including overseas in Italy. She operates a foundation in Seattle, runs camps and has worked as a television/radio broadcaster for the Storm, Seattle University and high school girls basketball.

Barnes, 34, said she wanted to get into coaching, enjoying player development through her various camps. The job with the Huskies is the first coaching job for Barnes, who is Arizona's all-time leading scorer.

"Adia Barnes is one of the brightest, most up-and-coming coaching talents in Seattle," McGuff said in a statement released by the school.

McGuff said he was searching for a local connection to round out his staff. In April, he hired Mike Neighbors, who previously worked with McGuff at Xavier, and former California assistant Kevin Morrison. McGuff said he expects to complete his staff with the announcement of a director of basketball operations soon.

Barnes will continue as the Storm's color analyst this summer.

Jayda Evans: 206-464-2067 or jevans@seattletimes.com

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