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Michigan hires Kim Barnes Arico

Updated: April 20, 2012, 8:20 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- Leaving St. John's is bittersweet for Kim Barnes Arico.

She's excited for the opportunity to coach at Michigan, but she's leaving a school she and her family have called home for the past decade.

"I thought it was going to be hard, but it was 100 times harder than I could imagine," Barnes Arico told The Associated Press by phone on Friday. "I said one word to the team and lost it. It was difficult. I said I'm not going to be back. They've meant so much to me. Their commitment ...

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