For the second straight year, Kim Barnes Arico has lost an assistant coach to a head job elsewhere.
After one season at Michigan, Erin Batth was announced as Providence’s new head coach on Monday.
Batth, 44, also served as Michigan’s recruiting coordinator in addition to working with the post players. She came to Ann Arbor after four seasons at North Carolina State. She has 17 total years of Division I coaching experience. Providence will be her first time as head coach.
Batth was brought to Michigan to replace Carrie Moore, who also spent just one season with the Wolverines before becoming the head coach at Harvard.
Coaching turnover is nothing new for Barnes Arico. In 2021, she hired two new assistants, Harry Rafferty and Val Nainima, who just finished their second season at Michigan. Even if only Batth is replaced next season, it would make eight different assistant coaches in a four-year period.
Barnes Arico has repeatedly said she views part of her job as developing her assistants into head coaches, particularly young women. Batth and Moore are the latest examples.
Providence finished 13-19 last season, including a 4-16 mark in the Big East. The program announced on March 7 that it had mutually agreed to part ways with then-head coach Jim Crowley, who held the job for seven seasons. Providence last reached the NCAA Tournament in 1992.
Batth helped Michigan reach this year’s NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines, a 6 seed, won their opener before losing in the second round on Sunday to 3 seed LSU.
“Throughout the search process, I was focused on finding a coach that would bring energy, passion and a strategic plan for success to Providence,” Providence athletic director Steve Napolillo said in a statement. “Erin will help transform the lives of our student-athletes on the court, in the classroom and in their overall development. I look forward to working with Erin as she builds a championship program.”
“I am humbled and excited to lead Providence College women’s basketball,” Batth said. “The sky is the limit on what can be accomplished at Providence.”
Providence will also be looking for a new men’s basketball coach, as reports on Monday indicated Ed Cooley had left for Georgetown.
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