Storm color analyst Adia Barnes is extending her ties to the Seattle community. Barnes will be joining the Seattle Academy athletic department as director of player and coach development, working with the school’s eight league sports teams at the middle school and upper school levels.
“I am really excited to be joining Seattle Academy,” Barnes said in a press release. “I love working with athletes in a practice setting; it gives me the opportunity to work with kids one on one to support their improvement, and it’s always fun to be part of a team. The role we’ve created at Seattle Academy gives me that chance to work with players but also to support the coaches. I’ll be a resource for them in practice planning, in thinking through how to best implement offensive and defensive approaches that play to the strengths of their players, and as another set of eyes and ears from the bench.
“I’ve been fortunate to meet and work with Seattle Academy students, parents, and alumni. Everybody I’ve met has been as humble as they are successful. I’m impressed with the school’s athletic, artistic, and academic accomplishments. It’s going to be a fun community to be a part of. ”
The Storm are perennial playoff contenders, with trips to the postseason the last seven years. 2010 was the first time in three seasons, however, that they had a healthy Jackson during their run towards a trophy. If Seattle’s roster stays intact, the perfect mix of veterans and youth, as well as talent, surely leaves them in a great position for an eighth straight trip, and certainly labels them as the team to beat in 2011.