Ceal Barry

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Ceal Barry

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University of Colorado at Boulder



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Ceal Barry began her winning tenure as head coach of the University of Colorado (CU) women’s basketball team in 1983. In five years her committed coaching created a town revolution—from minimal interest to a record Coors Event Center sellout. In 25 years as a college coach, her record was 500 wins versus 262 losses (February 2004). Her teams had at least a .500 record in 20 of those 25 years, with her CU teams posting twelve 20-win seasons and one 30-win season. They have been to the NCAA tournament 11 times. Barry has been appointed to national coaching positions eight times. In 1996 she served as assistant coach of the U. S. Olympics Women’s Basketball Team, which won the gold medal in Atlanta. She was named Big Eight Coach of the Year four times and named National Coach of the Year and has won the prestigious Carol Eckman Award for Sportsmanship. Barry’s players have outstanding academic and graduation records.

Books containing reference to Ceal Barry
History of Colorado’s Women for Young People

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