Barry Collier (basketball)
Barry Scott Collier (born July 15, 1954) is an American college athletics administrator and former basketball coach, currently the athletic director at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, a position he has held since 2006. Collier served as the head men's basketball coach at Butler from 1989 to 2000 and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from 2000 to 2006, compiling a career college basketball coaching record of 285–223 (.561).
|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)|
|1977–1978||Seattle Central CC (assistant)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||0–3 (NCAA Division I)|
|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 Pinecrest, Florida, and later received an Associate of Arts degree from Miami Dade Community College in 1974. He transferred 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 in 1976 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, and then went to the Pacific Northwest, at Seattle Central Community College for a season. He joined the staff of first-year head coach Don Monson at the University of Idaho in 1978, and they transformed a cellar program in the Big Sky Conference into a top ten team in 1982; the 26–2 Vandals were a #3 seed in the West region and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, falling to #2 seed Oregon State.
Following the 1983 season and a hundred wins in Moscow, Collier went with Monson to the University of Oregon in the Pac-10. After three years in Eugene, Collier joined the staff of new head coach Mike Montgomery at Stanford University; Montgomery was previously the head coach for eight seasons at Montana in the Big Sky.
After #13 Stanford 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. The 34-year-old Collier was put in charge of team that hadn't made the NCAA tournament in nearly 30 years."
Collier 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 April 2000, Collier became the head coach at the University of Nebraska in the Big 12 Conference. 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 (Midwestern Collegiate Conference) (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 Division I Round of 64|
|1997–98||Butler||22–11||8–6||3rd||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|1999–00||Butler||23–8||12–2||1st||NCAA Division I 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)|
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.