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).

Barry Collier
Current position
TitleAthletic director
ConferenceBig East
Biographical details
Born (1954-07-15) July 15, 1954
Alma materMiami Dade CC, A.A., 1974
Butler, B.S., 1976
Indiana State, M.S., 1977
Playing career
1972–1974Miami Dade CC
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1976–1977Rose-Hulman (assistant)
1977–1978Seattle Central CC (assistant)
1978–1983Idaho (assistant)
1983–1986Oregon (assistant)
1986–1989Stanford (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–3 (NCAA Division I)
4–5 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
2 MCC regular season (1997, 2000)
3 MCC Tournament (1997, 1998, 2000)
MCC Coach of the Year (1991, 1997, 1999, 2000)

Playing career

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.[1]

Assistant coach

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.[1]

Head coach

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."[2]

Collier took his first head coaching job at Butler in 1989, a position he held until 2000.[3] During those eleven seasons at Butler, the team had six postseason appearances, including an NCAA Tournament appearance, Butler's first in 35 years.[3] 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,[3] two days after entering the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.[1]

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Butler Bulldogs (Midwestern Collegiate Conference) (1989–2000)
1989–90 Butler 6–222–128th
1990–91 Butler 18–1110–42ndNIT First Round
1991–92 Butler 21–107–3T–2ndNIT First Round
1992–93 Butler 11–176–8T–5th
1993–94 Butler 16–136–4T–2nd
1994–95 Butler 15–128–75th
1995–96 Butler 19–811–52nd
1996–97 Butler 23–1012–41stNCAA Division I Round of 64
1997–98 Butler 22–118–63rdNCAA Division I Round of 64
1998–99 Butler 22–1011–32ndNIT Quarterfinal
1999–00 Butler 23–812–21stNCAA Division I Round of 64
Butler: 196–132 (.598)93–58 (.616)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big 12 Conference) (2000–2006)
2000–01 Nebraska 14–167–97th
2001–02 Nebraska 13–156–10T–7th
2002–03 Nebraska 11–193–1312th
2003–04 Nebraska 18–136–109thNIT Second Round
2004–05 Nebraska 14–147–9T–8th
2005–06 Nebraska 19–147–96thNIT First Round
Nebraska: 89–91 (.494)36–60 (.375)
Total:285–223 (.561)

      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. "Barry Collier Named Athletic Director At Butler University". Butler University. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  2. Ryan, Chris. "Barry Collier: The Architect of the Butler Bulldogs". msWoods Real Estate, LLC. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  3. "Barry Collier '76 - Profile". Butler University. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
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