March 20, 1954 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1979–1980||Loyola (MD) (asst.)|
|1980–1981||St. Bonaventure (asst.)|
|1981–1987||Notre Dame (asst.)|
|1987–1992||St. Francis (PA)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|NEC Tournament championship (1991)
NEC regular season championship (1991)
|4× Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (1995, 2003, 2007, 2009)|
James Edward "Jim" Baron (born March 20, 1954) is an American retired college basketball coach. He previously held the position of head coach at Saint Francis University, St. Bonaventure University, the University of Rhode Island and Canisius College.
Baron lettered in basketball for four years (1973 to 1977) at St. Bonaventure University and helped St. Bonaventure win the 1977 National Invitation Tournament as a senior. Baron graduated from St. Bonaventure with a degree in physical education in 1977 and later earned a master's degree in counseling from the same institution in 1988.
In 1977, Baron began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Aquinas Institute in Rochester, New York. The following year, Baron became an assistant coach at NCAA Division III University of Rochester. Baron moved up to Division I as an assistant for Loyola College in Maryland for the 1979–80 season. In 1980, Baron returned to his alma mater as assistant coach for St. Bonaventure.
From 1981 to 1987, Baron was an assistant coach at Notre Dame under Digger Phelps. Baron helped Notre Dame make the NCAA Tournaments of 1985, 1986, and 1987 and rank in the season-end top-25 polls in 1986 and 1987.
Baron first became a head coach in 1987 at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. His teams showed improvement each of his first four seasons, culminating in an appearance in the 1991 NCAA Tournament.
In 1992, Baron began a 20-season stint as a head coach in the Atlantic 10 Conference, returning to St. Bonaventure once again, this time as head coach. During his nine seasons as head coach, St. Bonaventure appeared in the 1995 National Invitation Tournament and 2000 NCAA Tournament, the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1978. As a #12 seed, St. Bonaventure lost 85-80 in double overtime to #5 Kentucky. The A-10 recognized Baron as Coach of the Year in 1995.
Baron became head coach at Rhode Island in 2001. After going 8–20 in his first season, Baron led Rhode Island to a 19–12 season the following year and won his second A-10 Coach of the Year award. Rhode Island spent four weeks ranked in the top-25 polls from December 24, 2007 to January 21, 2008. Rhode Island made three NIT appearances, including in the 2010 semifinals.
In April 2010, he agreed with Rhode Island to a contract extension through the 2013–14 season. However, after a 7–24 season and a second-to-last place conference finish in 2011–12, the university terminated his contract on March 4, 2012. Rhode Island never appeared in the NCAA Tournament during Baron's tenure.
Head coaching record
|Saint Francis Red Flash (Northeast Conference) (1987–1992)|
|1987–88||St. Francis (PA)||7–20||4–12||8th|
|1988–89||St. Francis (PA)||13–16||7–11||T–8th|
|1989–90||St. Francis (PA)||17–11||10–6||T–3rd|
|1990–91||St. Francis (PA)||24–8||13–3||T–1st||NCAA First Round|
|1991–92||St. Francis (PA)||13–16||5–11||8th|
|St. Francis (PA):||74–71 (.510)||39–43 (.476)|
|St. Bonaventure Bonnies (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1992–2001)|
|1994–95||St. Bonaventure||18–13||9–7||T–4th||NIT Second Round|
|1995–96||St. Bonaventure||10–18||4–12||5th (East)|
|1996–97||St. Bonaventure||14–14||5–11||5th (East)|
|1997–98||St. Bonaventure||17–15||6–10||4th (East)||NIT First Round|
|1998–99||St. Bonaventure||14–15||8–8||4th (East)|
|1999–2000||St. Bonaventure||21–10||11–5||2nd (East)||NCAA First Round|
|2000–01||St. Bonaventure||18–12||9–7||T–5th||NIT First Round|
|St. Bonaventure:||132–131 (.502)||56–86 (.394)|
|Rhode Island Rams (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2001–2012)|
|2002–03||Rhode Island||19–12||10–6||T–4th||NIT Second Round|
|2003–04||Rhode Island||20–14||7–9||7th||NIT First Round|
|2007–08||Rhode Island||21–12||7–9||T–9th||NIT First Round|
|2008–09||Rhode Island||23–11||11–5||T–2nd||NIT Second Round|
|2009–10||Rhode Island||26–10||9–7||T–5th||NIT Semifinals|
|2010–11||Rhode Island||20–14||9–7||6th||CBI Quarterfinals|
|Rhode Island:||162–166 (.494)||82–93 (.469)|
|Canisius Golden Griffins (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (2012–present)|
|2013–14||Canisius||21–13||14–6||T–3rd||CIT First Round|
|Canisius:||73–59 (.553)||44–34 (.564)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Jim Baron". University of Rhode Island. October 20, 2010. Archived from the original on January 1, 2011.
- "Baron Inducted Into Athletics Hall of Fame". St. Bonaventure University. June 6, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
- "Jim Baron". Canisius College. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
- Rhode Island Rams, coach Jim Baron agree to one-year extension through 2013-14 - ESPN
- Katz, Andy (March 4, 2012). "University of Rhode Island fires coach Jim Baron". ESPN.
- Stepner, Shawn. "Canisius hoops coach Baron retires". WKBW. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
- Rhode Island Rams Basketball 2001-02 Schedule - Rams Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2001–02) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Rhode Island Rams Basketball 2002-03 Schedule - Rams Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2002–03) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Rhode Island Rams Basketball 2003-04 Schedule - Rams Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2003–04) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Rhode Island Rams Basketball 2004-05 Schedule - Rams Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2004–05) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Rhode Island Rams Basketball 2005-06 Schedule - Rams Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2005–06) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Rhode Island Rams Basketball 2006-07 Schedule - Rams Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2006–07) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Rhode Island Rams Basketball 2007-08 Schedule - Rams Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2007–08) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Rhode Island Rams Basketball 2008-09 Schedule - Rams Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2008–09) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Rhode Island Rams Basketball 2009-10 Schedule - Rams Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2009–10) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Rhode Island Rams Basketball 2010-11 Schedule - Rams Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2010–11) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Rhode Island Rams Basketball 2011-12 Schedule - Rams Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2011–12) - College Basketball - ESPN