Barry Collier (basketball)

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Barry Collier
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Athletic Director
Team Butler
Conference Big East
Biographical details
Born (1954-07-15) July 15, 1954 (age 63)
Alma mater Miami Dade CC, A.A., 1974
Butler, B.S., 1976
Indiana State, M.S., 1977
Playing career
1972–1974 Miami Dade CC
1974–1976 Butler
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1976–1977 Rose Hulman (asst.)
1977–1978 Seattle Central CC (asst.)
1978–1983 Idaho (asst.)
1983–1986 Oregon (asst.)
1986–1989 Stanford (asst.)
1989–2000 Butler
2000–2006 Nebraska
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2006–present Butler
Head coaching record
Overall 285-223 (.561)
Tournaments 0–3 (NCAA)
4–5 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
MCC regular season (1997, 2000)
MCC Tournament (1997, 1998, 2000)
MCC Coach of the Year (1991, 1997, 1999, 2000)
196–132 (Butler)
190–101 (Nebraska)

Barry Scott Collier (born July 15, 1954) is an American former college basketball coach. He is currently the athletic director at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Playing career[edit]

Collier attended Miami Palmetto High School in Miami, Fla., and later received an Associate of Arts degree from Miami-Dade Community College. From there he went to Butler, and played basketball under George Theofanis for two seasons, and was named a team captain and co-MVP in 1975-76. As a senior, he averaged 15.2 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds while earning first team all-conference recognition in the Indiana Collegiate Conference. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Butler in 1976 and a Master of Science degree from Indiana State University in 1977.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Collier began his coaching career at Rose-Hulman in 1976-77, and then followed with assistant coaching stops at Seattle Central Community College (1977–78), the University of Idaho (1978-83), the University of Oregon (1983–86) and Stanford University (1986-89).[1] After Stanford had reached the NCAA Tournament in 1989, Collier began actively searching for a head coaching position. When he learned his alma mater had an opening, "he submitted a 45-page proposal on how to revive the Butler program to then university president Geoffrey Bannister. It worked, and the 34-year-old Collier was put in charge of team that hadn’t made the NCAA tournament in nearly 30 years."[2]

He took his first head coaching job at Butler in 1989, a position he held until 2000.[3] During those eleven seasons at Butler, the team had six postseason appearances, including an NCAA Tournament appearance, Butler's first in 35 years.[3] The team, overall, had five 20-win seasons, after just two 20-win seasons in the prior 91-year history of the school, and was named Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) Coach of the Year in 1991, 1997, 1999 and 2000.

In 2000, he became the head coach at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. After six seasons, he moved back to Butler to take the position of Vice President and Director of Athletics,[3] two days after entering the school's Athletic Hall of Fame[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Butler Bulldogs (Horizon League) (1989–2000)
1989–90 Butler 6–22 2–12 8th
1990–91 Butler 18–11 10–4 2nd NIT First Round
1991–92 Butler 21–10 7–3 T–2nd NIT First Round
1992–93 Butler 11–17 6–8 T–5th
1993–94 Butler 16–13 6–4 T–2nd
1994–95 Butler 15–12 8–7 5th
1995–96 Butler 19–8 11–5 2nd
1996–97 Butler 23–10 12–4 1st NCAA Round of 64
1997–98 Butler 22–11 8–6 3rd NCAA Round of 64
1998–99 Butler 22–10 11–3 2nd NIT Quarterfinals
1999–00 Butler 23–8 12–2 1st NCAA Round of 64
Butler: 196–132 (.598) 93–58 (.616)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big 12 Conference) (2000–2006)
2000–01 Nebraska 14–16 7–9 7th
2001–02 Nebraska 13–15 6–10 T–7th
2002–03 Nebraska 11–19 3–13 12th
2003–04 Nebraska 18–13 6–10 9th NIT Second Round
2004–05 Nebraska 14–14 7–9 T–8th
2005–06 Nebraska 19–14 7–9 6th NIT First Round
Nebraska: 89–91 (.494) 36–60 (.375)
Total: 285–223 (.561)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b c "Barry Collier Named Athletic Director At Butler University". Butler University. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Chris. "Barry Collier: The Architect of the Butler Bulldogs". msWoods Real Estate, LLC. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Barry Collier '76 - Profile". Butler University. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2010.