In her 22 years coaching the women’s basketball team at Colorado (the most of any CU coach in any sport), Ceal Barry accomplished an impressive list of feats, including a 510-284 overall record and 12 NCAA Tournament appearances. In the time since, she’s served as an associate athletic director for CU as well as head coach for the U.S. Women’s basketball team and as a member of the NCAA selection committee.
Now, in honor of her illustrious career, Barry has been inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2018. A Kentucky native, Barry traveled to Tennessee on Saturday for the induction ceremony in Knoxville.
The honor is the latest in a long list for Barry, who was named Big Eight Coach of the Year four times and National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association in 1994. She also received the prestigious Carol Eckman Award in 1995.
Barry played ball at the University of Kentucky from 1973-77 before becoming the head coach at the University of Cincinnati in 1979. In 1983, she took over in Boulder, where she would remain until 2005, when she resigned to join the administrative staff.
“I’ve had a really long and really fulfilling career in basketball and this is such an honor. Anytime you’re recognized nationally by your peers it’s incredibly humbling.” Barry said in an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Barry is now the first Buff to be honored with an induction into the hall.