This Coach Pumped Breast Milk During Halftime at NCAA Women's Championship Game
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Coach Adia Barnes is proof that moms basically have superpowers.
Earlier this month, the University of Arizona Wildcats coach was spotted coming out of the locker room at an NCAA Women's Basketball championship game after having pumped breast milk for her 6-month-old daughter, Capri.
Reporter Holly Rowe told People: "For those of you who think this is too much information, let's normalize working mothers and all they have to do."
Barnes gave a candid interview to reporters after the game, explaining what it's been like to juggle motherhood and coaching a team to the championships.
"I had a baby right when the season started. And took like a week off, it says I took a month off but I did not," she explained. "I was on Zoom calls four days after having a C-section so it was hard. But my team loved on me. I missed a couple of weeks, I got a little sick, they fought for me. I came back. They were patient. I'm happy."
The 44-year-old went on to say that she "represented" all moms.
"I have a baby here. I hear her crying ready to feed. I represent moms, you can be a coach, you can do it at an elite level. You just have to have a village like I do. I represent Black females, don't get here too often and don't get opportunities. But I had an opportunity today on the biggest stage and represented a lot," she shared.
Barnes is slated to continue her work on the court, having just reworked a contract that will keep her on as coach through the 2025-26 season. Of her coaching prowess, UA athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement that she "achieves excellence on the court, in the classroom, and in the community."
"Her dedication to coaching and developing student-athletes is rivaled by her passion for our university, our athletics department, and our Southern Arizona community. Under her outstanding leadership, Arizona Women’s Basketball has become a national brand and we cannot wait to see where Adia takes us," he said.