Aggie Coaching Staff
1985-86 Creighton 12-16
1986-87 Creighton 9-19
1987-88 Creighton 16-16
1988-89 ##Creighton 20-11
1989-90 #Creighton 21-12
1990-91 ##Creighton 24-8
1991-92 Texas A&M 6-22
1992-93 Texas A&M 10-17
1993-94 #Texas A&M 19-11
1994-95 Texas A&M
Overall Total nine years, 137-132 (.509)
A&M Total three years, 35-50 (.412)
# denotes NIT
## denotes NCAA
espite the myriad of problems facing the Texas A&M basketball
program when Tony Barone became head coach in 1991, Barone was
not about to change his blueprint for developing successful basketball
In six years at Creighton, Barone's method proved its worth as he took
a downtrodden program and turned it into a national contender. He was
determined to do the same at A&M.
Last season, in just the third year of his program, Barone's plan began to
payoff as the Aggies finished tied for second in the SWC and received an NIT
bid, the Aggies' first postseason tournament in seven years. Playing with a full
allotment of scholarship players for the first time at A&M, his team finished 19-
11 and he was the consensus selection as the SWC's coach of the year.
A 1968 graduate of Duke, Barone has always emphasized the
importantance of academics in college athletics and as a result, all but one of
the 20 players he brought into his program at Creighton have earned their
degrees and the other one is still in school. In his first year at A&M, the
basketball team posted its highest-ever aggregate grade point average.
Barone's past success on the basketball court has gained him a national
reputation, leading such notables as former Marquette coach and NBC college
basketball analyst Al McGuire to comment, "if I was to start a basketball
program tomorrow, Tony Barone would be my coach."
Barone, a former Chicago Cubs batboy and Wrigley Field concessions
vendor, was a two-time all-state guard at St. George H.S. in Evanston, 111., and
achieved his dream when Duke coach Vic Bubas awarded him a scholarship.
He took his win-to-survive philosophy to Duke and as a sophomore
helped the Blue Devils to a third place finish at the 1966 NCAA Tournament.
Barone earned three letters, became an academic All-American and was
elected team captain as a senior.
Barone arrived at Creighton in 1985 too late to recruit for his first season,
but the Bluejays managed to finish 12-16 and tied for fourth in the MVC.
In 1988-89 Barone's Bluejays surged to a 20-11 record, their first MVC
title since 1978 and their first-ever conference tournament crown, which
propelled the team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1981. As
a result, Barone was named District XII coach of the year by the National
Association of Basketball Coaches as well as MVC coach of the year.
In 1989-90, the Bluejays posted their second straight 20-win season,
finishing with a 21-12 ledger, placing second in the league and receiving their
first NIT berth since 1984. In Barone's final season in Omaha, Creighton won
the most games in its long history, completing a 24-8 slate and posting a first-
round NCAA Tournament victory. In nine years as a college head coach,
Barone has built a record of 137-132 (.509).
Barone and his wife, Kathy, live in College Station with their two sons,
Tony, Jr. (22) Brian (16). Their daughter, Amy (24), and her husband, Kevin
Kentfield, reside in Omaha. Tony, Jr. played three years as a guard at A&M.
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