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Lady Govs announce addition of Barnes to coaching staff

There will be a new towering presence on the APSU women's basketball bench this season, but she won't be wearing a uniform. The Lady Govs have added Indiana standout and former WNBA player Quacy Barnes as an assistant coach, replacing Kidada Holtzclaw, who resigned in May.
There will be a new towering presence on the APSU women's basketball bench this season, but she won't be wearing a uniform. The Lady Govs have added Indiana standout and former WNBA player Quacy Barnes as an assistant coach, replacing Kidada Holtzclaw, who resigned in May.

Barnes, who will tower over the Austin Peay bench at 6-5, comes to Clarksville after serving as assistant coach at Indiana—her alma mater—the past two seasons. At Indiana, her responsibilities included recruiting, scouting opponents and working with post players. Barnes will retain those responsibilities at Austin Peay with additional duties coordinating the Lady Govs strength and conditioning program.

“Quacy is a great hire for us,” says Head Coach Andy Blackston. "She brings two years of coaching experience from Indiana and has attained a high level competitively as a player, both collegiately and professionally. I believe she will make a huge impact on our team this season … Her experience as a player will be invaluable; you can't quantify four years of college and four years of professional playing experience."

Barnes, a native of Benton Harbor, Mich., played four years in the WNBA after becoming the first Hoosier women's basketball player to be drafted when she was chosen by the Sacramento Monarchs with the 22nd overall pick in 1998. She played two seasons (2000-01) with the Seattle Storm (under former Austin Peay women's basketball coach Lin Dunn) before ending her career with the Phoenix Mercury. She also played professionally in Turkey, South Korea, Italy, Israel and China.

At her alma mater, Barnes was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1998 and a third-team honoree in 1997. She also was named to the 1998 Postseason WNIT team after leading Indiana to the semifinals where they lost to eventual WNIT champion Penn State.

Barnes finished her career as the school's all-time blocked shots leader with 269, a total that ranks second among the Big Ten's all-time leaders. She blocked a school-record 95 shots during the 1996-97 season. Barnes finished her collegiate career averaging 12.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

Barnes, who graduated from Indiana with a bachelor's degree in physical education, has a son, Trenell.
—Cody Bush