Arizona assistant coach Salvo Coppa followed heart, wife to Tucson

Dec 27, 2017 1232

BY: PJ Brown

Salvo Coppa says he’s fortunate. He shows it, too. Coppa smiles as he helps run practice, grins when he huddles with the other coaches and practically beams when he talks about how his players are developing.

Coppa is a rare breed in coaching. From the beginning, he’s always followed his heart. The approach is how Coppa ended up at the UA, serving as an assistant coach for a women’s basketball team coached by his wife, Adia Barnes. “Going to the gym, it’s not a job. It’s a pleasure,” said Coppa. “I love going to work and having fun. I feel so blessed — of course, it’s a little less fun when we lose.”

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