University of Michigan J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kim Barnes Arico announced the addition of Erin Batth as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator on Friday (April 29). Batth comes to Ann Arbor after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach at NC State, serving as recruiting coordinator since September of 2020 and helping the Wolfpack to three straight ACC Tournament titles.
“We are thrilled to have Erin join our program,” Barnes Arico said. “It speaks volumes about Michigan women’s basketball that we were able to attract someone with as much experience and proven success as Erin. Her experience as the recruiting coordinator at another top 10 program will be a tremendous asset for our entire program. Drawing from her own prestigious playing career, she is an outstanding post coach who has a gift for developing players. Erin’s energy is contagious and a perfect fit for us. I can’t wait for her to get started.”
“I’m incredibly excited to join the Michigan family and to help in continuing to build on the program’s long-term success,” Batth said. “What Kim Barnes Arico has built in her tenure is special, and to work at an institution that values athletic success like the University of Michigan is a dream come true.”
Batth spent the last four seasons at NC State, helping the Wolfpack to three straight ACC Tournament titles for the first time in program history. In her four seasons, NC State compiled a 110-17 record, finished in the top 10 each season and reached three Sweet 16s, along with the 2022 Elite Eight. She worked with the post players, highlighted by working alongside ACC Tournament MVP and All-American center Elissa Cunane. The 2021-22 squad won a program-record 32 games and finished the year ranked No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll.
Prior to joining NC State, Batth was an assistant coach at Liberty during the 2017-18 season. The Lady Flames swept the Big South regular season and tournament titles, appearing in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. She worked with 2018 Big South Player of the Year Keyen Green and helped Liberty rank 18th nationally with a +8.4 rebound margin.
Batth also spent time at Georgia State (2014-17), Tennessee Tech (2012-14) and Towson (2010-12) as an assistant coach. She was the director of operations for Hall of Famer Debbie Ryan at Virginia for three seasons (2007-10) after spending the 2006-07 season as an executive assistant to the general manager and operations specialist for both the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs. She began her coaching career by serving as an assistant coach at VCU in 2004-05.
Batth played collegiately at Clemson, graduating in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in management. She earned second-team Defensive All-America honors and All-ACC second-team honors. During her senior season, she averaged 12.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game en route to accumulating 972 points, 722 rebounds and 116 blocked shots over her four years. She helped the Tigers to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 1999.
She was also Clemson’s representative to the ACC Student-Athlete Academic Board, the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Board and was a Clemson Minority Council representative. Batth was nominated twice for the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership award, was chosen for the 2001 ACC “Top Six” community service award and was inducted into the Clemson Tiger Brotherhood.
Batth was the first player from Clemson drafted into the WNBA, going to the Cleveland Rockers in 2001. She played professionally with Panithnikos and Appollon teams in Greece and Migros in Turkey. Her WNBA experience included time with the San Antonio Silver Stars and the Sacramento Monarchs.Big Ten Michigan