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Ceal Barry, Basketball

  • 427-242 in 22 seasons as women's basketball coach
  • 12 NCAA Tournaments, 6 Sweet 16's, 3 Elite Eight's
  • 4-time Big Eight Coach of the Year
  • 4 Big Eight regular season titles, 5 tournament crowns

Colorado's all-time leader in coaching victories, Ceal Barry guided the women's basketball program to a 427-242 mark in 22 seasons (1983-2005) ... Retired in 2005 having coached the most games (669) and the sixth most seasons of any sport in Colorado athletic history ... Put CU women's basketball on the national map by leading the Buffaloes to 12 NCAA Tournaments including six Sweet 16's and three Elite Eight's ... Under her reign, the Buffaloes captured four Big Eight Conference regular season titles (1989, 1993-95) and five league tournament crowns including the inaugural Big 12 Conference Tournament championship in 1997 ... A two-time District V Coach of the Year and three-time national coach of the year finalist, she was tabbed Big Eight Coach of the Year four times (1989, 1993-95) and led the Buffaloes to a pair of perfect 14-0 league marks in 1989 and 1995 ... Her teams won 20 or more games on 13 different occasions, topped with a 30-3 record, a 25-game winning streak and a final No. 2 Associated Press national ranking in 1994-95...Became the 24th coach in women's NCAA history to reach 500 career wins in February 2004 and won 64 percent of her games over a 26-year coaching career (510-284) that included four years at Cincinnati (1979-83)...Named the winner of the 1995 Carol Eckman Award, one of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's highest honors, presented annually to a coach who exemplifies sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, integrity, ethical behavior and dedication to the purpose ... She graduated all but two four-year players (well over a 95% graduation rate) and coached 85 Academic All-Conference student-athletes ... She coached a variety of all-star teams in national/international competition during her career, highlighted by a stint as an assistant coach on the 1996 U.S. Olympic women's basketball team that won the Gold Medal in Atlanta ... Inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 ... Now in her 28th year with CU Athletics, she currently serves as an Associate Athletic Director and is the department's Senior Woman Administrator and has supervisory duties over women's basketball...She is the chair of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Issues Committee for the 2010-11 season.


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