Ceal Barry

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Ceal Barry
Current position
TitleAssociate athletic director
Biographical details
Born (1955-04-01) April 1, 1955 (age 63)
Louisville, Kentucky
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1979Cincinnati (grad. asst.)
2011United States
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2005–presentColorado (assoc. AD)
2013Colorado (interim AD)
Head coaching record
Tournaments16–11 (NCAA)
1–1 (WNIT)
1–2 (NWIT)
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[edit]

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.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

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.[1]

On April 12, 1983, the University of Colorado Boulder hired Barry as head coach for Colorado Buffaloes women's basketball, replacing Sox Walseth.[2] 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.[3][4] 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.[2]

Barry returned to coaching in the 2011 Pan American Games as head coach of the US women's basketball team, who finished in seventh place.[5]

Administrative career[edit]

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.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

Barry was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 1997[6] and into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Cincinnati Bearcats (Metro Conference) (1979–1983)
1979–80 Cincinnati 18–12
1980–81 Cincinnati 27–9 NWIT Consolation
1981–82 Cincinnati 19–10
1982–83 Cincinnati 19–11
Cincinnati: 83–42
Colorado Buffaloes (Big Eight Conference) (1983–1996)
1983–84 Colorado 10–18 3–11 7th
1984–85 Colorado 6–22 2–12 8th
1985–86 Colorado 21–9 9–5 T–2nd
1986–87 Colorado 14–14 6–8 T–6th
1987–88 Colorado 21–11 8–6 T–3rd
1988–89 Colorado 27–4 14–0 1st NCAA Second Round
1989–90 Colorado 17–11 10–4 T–2nd
1990–91 Colorado 18–11 8–6 T–2nd
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[12] NCAA Sweet 16
1994–95 Colorado 30–3 14–0 1st[13] NCAA Elite Eight
1995–96 Colorado 26–9 9–5 2nd[14] NCAA Second Round
Colorado Buffaloes (Big 12 Conference) (1996–2005)
1996–97 Colorado 23–9 12–4 T–2nd NCAA Sweet 16
1997–98 Colorado 12–16 5–11 8th
1998–99 Colorado 15–14 7–9 T–8th WNIT Second Round
1999–2000 Colorado 10–19 4–12 10th
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
2004–05 Colorado 9–19 2–14 T–11th
Colorado: 427–242
Total: 510–284

      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 "Ceal Barry". University of Colorado. 2002. Archived from the original on August 8, 2003. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  2. ^ a b 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.
  3. ^ a b "Ceal Barry". University of Colorado. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "Carol Eckman Award". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Ceal Barry". Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Ceal Barry, former CU Buffs women's basketball coach, selected to Hall of Fame". The Denver Post. February 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Colorado 2015–16 media guide, pp. 157-178.
  9. ^ "Annual Big 12 Standings" (PDF). 2015–16 Big 12 Women's Basketball Media Guide. Big 12 Conference. p. 48.
  10. ^ "All-time results". University of Cincinnati Women's Basketball 2015–16 Media Guide. University of Cincinnati. pp. 69–70.
  11. ^ Big Eight Conference standings derived from deriving member schools' records from the NCAA Career Statistics database for the respective seasons.
  12. ^ http://bigeightsports.com/Sports/WomensBasketball/Seasons/199394.htm
  13. ^ http://bigeightsports.com/Sports/WomensBasketball/Seasons/199495.htm
  14. ^ http://bigeightsports.com/Sports/WomensBasketball/Seasons/199596.htm

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