Tuskegee University athletic director Curtis Campbell announced the hiring of former Columbus State University assistant, Quacy Barnes-Timmons, as the program’s new head women’s basketball coach.
“Quacy brings with her a deep knowledge of the game of the basketball,” Campbell said. “Couple that with the recruiting experience she brings to the table, and those are valuable resources for our basketball program. She has worked with some great coaches in the past, that along with her playing experience at different levels, give us something special here at Tuskegee. She is just what the doctor ordered to get our program headed in the direction of competing in the SIAC, and is coming in ready to hit the ground running. We are excited that she is here to lead the women’s basketball program at Tuskegee University.”
Barnes-Timmons comes to Tuskegee following a successful three-year stint at Peach Belt Conference and fellow NCAA Division II member, Columbus State University where she helped lead the Lady Cougars to a 68-21 record during that span.
“I am excited about the opportunity to come to an institution that is rich in history like Tuskegee,” Barnes-Timmons said. “I am grateful for the opportunity afforded me by the administration to restore the tradition that is Tuskegee women’s basketball.”
In her three seasons at Columbus State, she helped coach on All-America, two All-Region selections and six All-Peach Belt Conference players. She also helped coach a Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. In her final season as an assistant at Columbus State, Barnes-Timmons helped lead the Cougars to a 31-2 record and a national ranking as high as third in country; along with the Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championship.
Prior to Columbus State, Barnes-Timmons spent six seasons at Eastern Illinois, competing in the Ohio Valley Conference. During her time with the Panthers, the team posted 116 victories and a regular season OVC championship in 2009-10. The team also won 84 games from 2007 to 2011, the most by any Eastern Illinois team in a four-year period since the school transitioned to NCAA Division I. During her stint with Eastern Illinois, Barnes-Timmons coached 16 all-conference selections, as well as three Freshman of the Year award winners and two Defensive Player of the Year winners.
“I have had the opportunity to be a part of a building process at Eastern Illinois and restoring the tradition at Columbus State,” Barnes-Timmons said. “I understand that a change in culture is tough, but I look forward to changing that here at Tuskegee and I am up for the challenge.”
Prior to her stop at Eastern Illinois, Barnes-Timmons spent a year at Austin Peay and two years at her alma mater, Indiana from 2003 to 2005.
Barnes-Timmons played for the Hoosiers from 1994 until 1998, earning two All-Big 10 honors. She still holds the school record for blocked shots in a career (269), and at the time of her departure, was among the leaders in points, field goal percentage, free throws and rebounds.
“After playing at such a high level during college and professional basketball my competitive spirit is at all-time high as a head coach,” the first-year head coach said. “I cannot wait to get on the court and have that spirit come through with the girls. This is a great opportunity for myself, the current players and all future Tigerettes.”
After her collegiate playing days, Barnes-Timmons became the first player in Indiana history to be selected in the WNBA Draft when the Sacramento Monarchs selected her in 1998. From 1998 until 2002, Barnes-Timmons played for three franchises, while also playing overseas.
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