|Title||Associate athletic director|
|Born||April 1, 1955|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1977–1979||Cincinnati (grad. asst.)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|2005–present||Colorado (assoc. AD)|
|2013||Colorado (interim AD)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Women's Basketball Hall of Fame|
Adele Cecilia "Ceal" Barry (born April 1, 1955) is an American college athletics administrator and former basketball player and coach. She is concurrently the Associate Athletic Director for Student Services and Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Colorado Boulder. She served as the interim athletic director at Colorado in 2013 and served as the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes women's basketball team from 1983 to 2005. She was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.
Early life and education
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Barry graduated from Assumption High School in Louisville in 1973. Barry then enrolled at the University of Kentucky and played at guard for four seasons on the Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball team, and she graduated in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
From 1977 to 1979, Barry was a graduate assistant at the University of Cincinnati. After she completed her M.Ed. in 1979, Barry was promoted to head coach, where she would remain for four seasons and left with an 83–42 cumulative record.
On April 12, 1983, the University of Colorado Boulder hired Barry as head coach for Colorado Buffaloes women's basketball, replacing Sox Walseth. In 22 seasons, Barry had a 427–242 cumulative record, as well as four Big Eight Conference "Coach of the Year" honors (1989, 1993–95) and the Carol Eckman Award in 1995. The 1988–89 team went 14–0 in Big Eight play, the first team in conference history to go undefeated in conference play. In 2002, she became the first woman to be a head coach for 20 years at Colorado.
On April 1, 2005, nearly a month after ending her coaching career, Barry became associate athletic director for student services and senior woman's administrator at Colorado. She then served as interim athletic director for nearly two months effective June 3, 2013, prior to Rick George entering the position long term. In 2014, Barry changed to senior associate athletic director for internal relations while continuing her role as senior woman's administrator.
Awards and honors
Head coaching record
|Cincinnati Bearcats (Metro Conference) (1979–1983)|
|Colorado Buffaloes (Big Eight Conference) (1983–1996)|
|1988–89||Colorado||27–4||14–0||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1991–92||Colorado||22–9||11–3||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|1992–93||Colorado||27–4||12–2||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1993–94||Colorado||27–5||12–2||1st||NCAA Sweet 16|
|1994–95||Colorado||30–3||14–0||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1995–96||Colorado||26–9||9–5||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|Colorado Buffaloes (Big 12 Conference) (1996–2005)|
|1996–97||Colorado||23–9||12–4||T–2nd||NCAA Sweet 16|
|1998–99||Colorado||15–14||7–9||T–8th||WNIT Second Round|
|2000–01||Colorado||22–9||11–5||4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2001–02||Colorado||24–10||11–5||T–3rd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2002–03||Colorado||24–8||11–5||4th||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2003–04||Colorado||22–8||11–5||3rd||NCAA First Round|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Ceal Barry". University of Colorado. 2002. Archived from the original on August 8, 2003. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- Smith, Theresa (November 26, 2002). "Building Buffs from ground up; Ceal Barry's coaching made CU elite program". Denver Post. Archived from the original on November 27, 2002. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
- "Ceal Barry". University of Colorado. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- "Carol Eckman Award". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
- Meisler, Natalie (October 20, 2011). "University of Colorado's Barry back in coaching with Team USA at Pan American Games". Denver Post. Archived from the original on October 22, 2011. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
- "Ceal Barry". Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
- "Ceal Barry, former CU Buffs women's basketball coach, selected to Hall of Fame". The Denver Post. February 12, 2018.
- Colorado 2015–16 media guide, pp. 157-178.
- "Annual Big 12 Standings" (PDF). 2015–16 Big 12 Women's Basketball Media Guide. Big 12 Conference. p. 48.
- "All-time results". University of Cincinnati Women's Basketball 2015–16 Media Guide. University of Cincinnati. pp. 69–70.
- Big Eight Conference standings derived from deriving member schools' records from the NCAA Career Statistics database for the respective seasons.