Barry Collier (basketball)
|Born||July 15, 1954|
|Alma mater||Miami Dade CC, A.A., 1974
Butler, B.S., 1976
Indiana State, M.S., 1977
|1972–1974||Miami Dade CC|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1976–1977||Rose Hulman (asst.)|
|1977–1978||Seattle Central CC (asst.)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2× MCC regular season (1997, 2000)
3× MCC Tournament (1997, 1998, 2000)
|4× MCC Coach of the Year (1991, 1997, 1999, 2000)|
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.
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). 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."
He took his first head coaching job at Butler in 1989, a position he held until 2000. During those eleven seasons at Butler, the team had six postseason appearances, including an NCAA Tournament appearance, Butler's first in 35 years. 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, two days after entering the school's Athletic Hall of Fame
Head coaching record
|Butler Bulldogs (Horizon League) (1989–2000)|
|1990–91||Butler||18–11||10–4||2nd||NIT First Round|
|1991–92||Butler||21–10||7–3||T–2nd||NIT First Round|
|1996–97||Butler||23–10||12–4||1st||NCAA Round of 64|
|1997–98||Butler||22–11||8–6||3rd||NCAA Round of 64|
|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)|
|2003–04||Nebraska||18–13||6–10||9th||NIT Second Round|
|2005–06||Nebraska||19–14||7–9||6th||NIT First Round|
|Nebraska:||89–91 (.494)||36–60 (.375)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Barry Collier Named Athletic Director At Butler University". Butler University. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- Ryan, Chris. "Barry Collier: The Architect of the Butler Bulldogs". msWoods Real Estate, LLC. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- "Barry Collier '76 - Profile". Butler University. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2010.