Tony Barbee

Tony Barbee (born August 10, 1971)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Central Michigan Chippewas
Current conference: Mid-American Conference (MAC)
UTEP record: 82-52 (.612)
Auburn record: 49-75 (.395)
Central Michigan record: 35-58 (.376)
Overall record: 166-185 (.473)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present Central Michigan
2020-2021 Kentucky (assoc. to the HC)
2015-2020 Kentucky (asst)
2014-2015 Kentucky (special asst)
2010-2014 Auburn
2006-2010 UTEP
2000-2006 Memphis (asst)
1999-2000 UMass (asst)
1998-1999 Wyoming (asst)
1996-1998 UMass (asst)
1995-1996 UMass (grad. asst)

Tony Barbee Facts

  • Anthony Michael Barbee
  • Born August 10, 1971
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Alma Mater: University of Massachusetts (BA, 1993)
  • Played at UMass for head coach John Calipari, where he was twice named Second-team All-A10
  • After a short professional playing career in Spain and France, Barbee returned to UMass as a graduate assistant for Calipari
    • Promoted to full-time assistant in 1996 under new head coach Bruiser Flint
  • Spent one year at Wyoming under Steve McClain and one more with Flint at UMass before rejoining Calipari in Memphis in 2000
  • Hired as the UTEP head coach in 2006, going 82-52 overall in four seasons and winning 23+ games twice
    • Won a C-USA title in 2010 and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament; was named C-USA COY that season
  • Became the Auburn head coach in 2010, where he went 49-75 in four seasons before being fired in 2014
  • Rejoined Calipari once again in 2014 at Kentucky, first as a special assistant then elevated to assistant coach a year later
  • Hired in April 2021 to be the new head coach at Central Michigan in the MAC
    • After winning 17 total games the previous two years, the 2023-24 Chips went 18-14 and Barbee was named MAC COY

Tony Barbee Coaching Tree

  • Omar Gonzalez (Texas A&M Kingsville)
  • Shane Heirman (Incarnate Word)
  • Tony Madlock (Alabama State, South Carolina State, Ole Miss)