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December 8, 2016
The 2016 volleyball season has come to a close, and new head coach Jim Barnes made an incredible impact. Ending with a record of 18-14 overall and 10-10 in American Athletic Conference, volleyball improved from last season’s 10-22 and had its first winning season since 2013. At the season’s end, Barnes and his team became the most improved team in the nation.
While a turnaround like this can take several years, Barnes accomplished it in one season. The Green Wave broke into the top 100 early in the season after winning two of the four non-conference tournaments it participated in.
At the end of the season, Tulane ranked No. 90 nationally and No. 5 in the AAC after placing 11th the past two years. Barnes notched more conference and overall victories than in the past two years under former head coach Sinisa Momic.
Barnes proved how he is, by far, the strongest addition to Tulane athletics. Barnes set the bar for what athletics hoped to achieve with the coaching overhaul and the standard for all coaches.