About an hour after losing the greatest game of his coaching career, Adia Barnes heard her daughter crying. The Arizona coach sat in the Alamodome press room, answering one question after another about the devastating loss. Her Wildcats fell to Stanford on Sunday night, one point worse than the national championship. Her voice is hoarse. Her emotions were drained. Her players are crying.
But her daughter Capri was thinking about something else.
Capri is 6 months old and, as Barnes said, he is “ready to eat”.
In three magical weeks, Barnes designed an amazing NCAA tournament. She did it when she was “representing her mother.”
“I took a step back,” Barnes said earlier this week. “I was like,’Wow, there are a lot of hats.’ This is the former WNBA [player], Is a black woman, is a mother.
“But it’s an honor for me,” she continued smiling. “You can do well in all these things. You can be a representative person and do it in class and professionally, and perform well at work. You can be a mom without having to Stop coaching.
“You only need to get support to own a village.”
Barnes leads Tony on a run while taking care of the baby
Barnes and her wild cat arrived in San Antonio as outsiders. The 44-year-old has never even participated in the NCAA tournament program. But she and veteran Aari McDonald broke out in the country when the Texas A&M suffered a Sweet 16 failure, and then defeated UConn in the final four to a 13-point disadvantage.
All along, Barnes has assumed the responsibility of his mother. “We don’t have a babysitter,” she said earlier this week. “We lost the nanny before this trip. No one knows. I didn’t talk about it publicly. It’s difficult.”
It is especially difficult because the NCAA does not put children first. Children are allowed to enter the bubble with working mothers, but the 34-person travel party limit included in the team means that the head coach with children must choose between staff and children. Breastfeeding coaches like Barnes have no real choice. According to reports, there is no childcare allowance or special accommodation in San Antonio.
Barnes said she would “have someone stepping up their efforts.” Her son and husband-assistant coach Salvo Coppa in Arizona-are part of her “country”. Nevertheless, the workload is still huge. Of course, sleep may be difficult to achieve. On the morning of the semi-final matchup with UConn, she woke up at 5 in the morning.
After the game starts, the additional responsibility for pregnancy and childbirth will not disappear. There is not even a national championship.
“Normalize normal working mothers”
ESPN’s Holly Rowe reported Sunday night that Barnes walked out of the locker room late in the second half. the reason? She returned to the locker room to pump milk for Capri.
At the same time, Capri was at the bottle in the stands, completely unaware that his mother was chasing the national championship.
Rowe said, “They have to use a spare heating bag to heat the bottle.” “She is doing it all.”
“For those who think this is too much information, I just want to tell you,” Luo continued. “Normalized working mothers, and all they need to do to make this happen.”
The journey of Adia Barnes
Barnes almost missed the title. But her on the verge of journey is very remarkable. Nomad’s acting career was replaced by some broadcasting, and then worked as an assistant coach in Washington for five years. She held a leadership position at her alma mater Arizona in 2016. In the 2017-18 season, her team defeated their opponents 6-24.
But they won WNIT next season. In 2020, they participated in the plan’s first NCAA tournament since 2005 as planned. Then COVID-19 emerged.
Then, halfway through the pandemic, Barnes’ second child arrived. Capri was born in September.
Barnes reflected these parts of the journey on Sunday night. She said: “When the season started, I had a baby. I took a week off.” “It said I took a month off, but I didn’t have a vacation. Four days after the C-section, I was on a Zoom call. It was difficult.
“But my team loves me. I missed a few weeks. I’m a little sick. They fight for me. I’m back.”
In the coach, she became the undisputed breakthrough star of this year’s championship, keen basketball thinking, and a likable, fierce black woman, willing to express her feelings. On Friday, she hyped up in a tumult, profanity post-match speech. Gosh, she won’t apologize for that.
McDonald’s, the protagonist of the show, will leave the WNBA. However, Barnes and Arizona still exist.
Barnes said: “I am very proud.” “We are not the best team in the tournament. No one thinks we will be here. We trust each other. We did not play a good game. [tonight], But we fought. We do our best. We belong to a property. “
She said: “So the threshold is high.” “Once you get to this point, the standard is very high. Once you have such a success, you can fly into the sky.”
She heard a voice when she spoke. She glanced to the right.
She said of the pinnacle of women’s basketball: “Now, this is where you want to go.” “This will be what we are trying to do.”
Then he glanced at her right.
A few minutes later, while breaking the X and O of the championship game, a huge wailing made a smile on her face.
“I’m sorry,” she said. “That’s my baby.”
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