Tony Barone

Tony Barone (1946-2019)

Teams coached: Creighton Bluejays, Texas A&M Aggies, Memphis Grizzlies
Creighton record: 102-82 (.554)
Texas A&M record: 76-120 (.388)
Overall record^: 178-202 (.468)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2006-2007 Memphis Grizzlies
2004-2006 Memphis Grizzlies (DPP)
2002-2004 Memphis Grizzlies (asst)
1991-1998 Texas A&M
1985-1991 Creighton
1978-1985 Bradley (asst)
1972-1974 Duke (asst)

Tony Barone Facts

  • Anthony Andrew Barone, Sr.
  • Born July 20, 1946
  • Died June 25, 2019
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: Duke University (BA, 1968)
  • Played at Duke for three seasons under head coach Vic Bubas; was an Academic All-American
    • Returned home to work at St. George HS in Evanston, IL for several years
  • Started his coaching career at Duke, assisting head coaches Bucky Waters and Neill McGeachy for one season each
  • Coached at both St. Rita HS and Mount Carmel HS in Chicago, earning three Chicago Catholic League COY awards
    • Later inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame
  • Spent seven seasons as an assistant on Dick Versace‘s staff at Bradley in his home state of Illinois
  • Hired in 1985 to be the head coach at Creighton, going 102-82 in six years with the Bluejays
  • Left Omaha for Texas A&M in 1991, coaching the Aggies for seven seasons
    • Did not reach the same levels of success at TAMU, going 76-120 overall with just one postseason appearance (1994 NIT)
    • Fired in 1998 following two straight last-place finishes in the new Big 12 Conference
  • Worked in the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies, spending time in the front office and on the sidelines
    • Was an assistant and director of player personnel for several seasons under head coaches Hubie Brown and Mike Fratello
    • Took over as head coach for most of the 2005-06 season after Fratello was fired; went 16-36 and missed the playoffs
  • Passed away in June 2019 at age 72 following a long battle with cancer
    • Survived by his wife, Kathy, and his sons, Tony Jr. and Brian

Tony Barone Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only