At the NCAA women’s basketball game on Sunday, University of Arizona coach Adia Barnes came back from rest a little late – as the new mom was still pumping breastmilk for her baby.
The 44-year-old, who has been the head coach of the team she once played for since 2016, welcomed a girl named Capri with husband Salvatore Coppa six months ago.
Although she is still breastfeeding, the busy mother and coach went back to work about a week after giving birth, and during Sunday night’s game she juggled her responsibilities by pumping half-time to feed her daughter.
Double duty! During the NCAA women’s basketball game on Sunday, University of Arizona coach Adia Barnes pumped breastmilk for her daughter at halftime
Family: The 44-year-old, who has been head coach of the team she once played for since 2016, welcomed a girl named Capri with husband Salvatore Coppa six months ago.
Busy lady! She came back late after half time because she had pumped into the locker room
ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe on Sunday covered Barnes’ rest activities during the broadcast.
Guys, here’s how real this gets: She came out mid-late because she’s pumping back into the locker room. She’s still a breastfeeding mom, ‘she said.
She also noted that they then had to warm up a bottle of breast milk for Capri with heat packs from the sidelines.
“She does it all,” Rowe said. And for those of you who think this is too much information, I’m going to tell you this: let’s normalize working moms and whatever they need to do to make it all happen.
Barnes, who played for the University of Arizona and later several teams in the WNBA, also has a five-year-old son named Matteo with her husband.
Breaking Barriers: Barnes also made history last week when two black female coaches reached the Final Four at the same time (pictured Sunday with player Shaina Pellington)
‘As soon as we got to the locker room I started pumping. It felt great, ”she said. ‘I had a blanket over my chest, but then the blanket fell off and everyone started to laugh’
Speak against Today, Barnes said she started as soon as possible during halftime.
‘As soon as we got to the locker room, I started pumping. It felt great, ”she said. “I had a blanket over my chest, but then the blanket fell off and everyone started laughing.”
She also added that it was her boss, Suzy Mason, associate athletics director at the University of Arizona, who warned the bottle with heat packs and fed Capri when Barnes returned to court.
“Women take care of women,” she said.
She admitted that juggling motherhood can be ‘difficult’ with her demanding job, revealing that she had had some ‘moments of breakdown’ and felt it was ‘too much’.
In fact, before her team played against the University of Connecticut, her daughter woke up at 4 a.m. and made a mess.
Tough: she admits juggling motherhood with her demanding job can be ‘difficult’, revealing she’s had some ‘moments of breakdown’
“I had a baby when the season started and took a week off,” she said. ‘It says I took a month off, but I didn’t. Four days after having a caesarean section, I had Zoom calls’
‘I fed her and then she spat all over me. A second later she pooped on my lap so I had to give her a bath. Right now it’s 5am and I’m preparing to coach my biggest game, ” she said.
After Sunday’s game, she spoke to reporters about how little time she actually took off for maternity leave.
“I had a baby when the season started and took a week off,” she said. ‘It says I took a month off, but I didn’t.
“ I was on Zoom calls four days after I had a C-section, so it was tough, but my team loved me. I missed a few weeks, I got a little sick, they fought for me. I came back. They were patient. I’m happy.’
She also talked about what it means to be a visible working mother.
‘I represented mothers, I have a baby here. I can hear her crying, ready to eat, ”she said. ‘I represent mothers, you can be a coach, you can do it at an elite level. You just have to have a village like me.
Unbelievable! On Twitter, sports fans applaud Barnes for doing everything
‘I represent black women, don’t come here too often and don’t get any opportunities. But I had a shot at the biggest stage today and represented a lot, ‘she added.
Barnes also made history last week when two black female coaches reached the Final Four at the same time.
On Twitter, sports fans applaud Barnes for doing everything.
Pump it up! Baby must eat! one wrote, while another tweeted: ‘Moms are incredible.’
Like the BOSS that she is, KOIN News Sports Reporter AJ McCord tweeted.
‘Absolutely wonderful, because only women who have worked under stress while breastfeeding know all too well. Very impressive, ‘tweeted another.
“Frankly, this was the highlight of the tournament for me (and that says A LOT),” said another.