Adia has a highly-diversified career. While working as the color analyst on NBA-TV for the 2004 FIBA Women’s World Championships she was noticed by the WNBA’s Seattle Storm where she became the color analyst for television and radio. She can also be seen doing games on FOX Sports and has done on-air work for NBA-TV.
As the Director of Player and Coaching Development at Seattle Academy Adia works with athletes in grades 6th-12 and with new and veteran coaches. “The school stands for everything I do so it was a natural fit”, says Adia. “The academy takes chances, teaches life-lessons, and is really involved with their students.” She likes that she’s involved with both players and coaches because “I can get a sense of the whole athlete and support those who are involved in their lives on a daily basis.” Adia also runs her foundation that helps the community by mentoring youth. She wants children to learn positive life lessons and to know that “ we are bigger than our circumstance if we make healthy choices and wise decisions for ourselves”. She coaches, teaches and gives motivational speeches to youth and adults in a variety of arenas.
As a University of Arizona player Adia was named the PAC-10 player of the year in 1998, was a first team All-American, and became the first women’s basketball player named to the University of Arizona Hall of Fame in part because she is the school’s leading all-time scorer with 2,237 points. A retired professional WNBA and European basketball player, she was a journeyman and played for the Sacramento Monarchs, the Minnesota Lynx, the Cleveland Rockers and the Seattle Storm. Overseas she played in the premiere leagues in the Ukraine, Portugal, Israel, Russia, Turkey, and Italy. She won the WNBA championship in 2004 with the Storm and was a member of the broadcast team in 2010 when the Storm won their second championship.
Last year, Adia also became the color analyst for Seattle University women’s basketball where her college coach and mentor now runs the women’s program. In 2003 she formed Adia’s Dreams in Action, now the Adia Barnes Foundation, a non-profit foundation designed to help youth.