OMAHA, Neb. — Tony Barone, the Creighton men’s basketball coach from 1985-91 and a 2015 inductee into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame, passed away on Tuesday, June 25th. He was 72.
Barone compiled a 102-82 record in six seasons as head coach of the Bluejays from 1985-91. His teams won MVC regular-season and MVC Tournament titles in both 1988-89 and 1990-91, and he was named MVC Coach of the Year in 1988-89. Barone led the Bluejays to two NCAA Tournaments, and his 1990-91 team won the program’s first NCAA Tournament game since 1973-74. He also led the 1989-90 team to the NIT as part of a then-unprecedented three straight 20-win seasons in his final three years.
Barone got his coaching start in 1972 at his alma mater, Duke. He later serve as an assistant coach at Bradley from 1978-85 before arriving in Omaha for his first head coaching job at Creighton. Barone was hired as Texas A&M head coach in 1991 and wrapped up his career on the college sideline in 1998 with 178 Division I victories.
He later served as Director of Player Personnel for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, and was named interim coach for 52 games during the 2006-07 campaign.
Barone is survived by his wife Kathy and children Tony Jr., Amy and Brian.
“Tony Barone made a tremendous impact on Creighton Athletics and the young men within our men’s basketball program. We are saddened by his death and are thinking of Kathy, Tony Jr., Amy and Brian and the rest of the Barone family during this time.” – Creighton Athletics