Barry winningest coach in Buffs' history
BOULDER, Colo. -- Ceal Barry, the winningest coach in the history of the University of Colorado, said Thursday she will step down after the end of her worst season in 22 years at the school.
Barry will remain at the school as an assistant athletics director
The announcement came after the Buffaloes lost their school-record 10th game in row, 80-43 at No. 13 Texas.
Barry entered this season with a career record of 501-265, which includes four years at Cincinnati. She began this season 418-223 as the Buffs' head coach and her résumé here includes 13 20-win seasons, 12 trips to the NCAA tournament, six visits to the Sweet 16 and three appearances in the Elite Eight.
She has also worked for USA Basketball on several occasions, including coaching last summer's junior world qualifying team to a gold medal. She was an assistant on the U.S. women's gold-medal winning team in 1996 and the national coach of the year in 1994.
The Buffs were in the Elite Eight three years ago, but graduation losses and the transfers of players including Emily Waner and Amber Metoyer have hurt. Colorado is 8-17 this season and just 1-13 in the Big 12 Conference.
Last spring, Waner left school to play basketball with her sister, Abby, at Duke. Metoyer left for Louisiana Tech. At the time, Barry said she was "extremely saddened and disappointed by Emily and Amber's decisions.''
Colorado hosts Baylor (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) on Saturday and finishes the regular season next week at home against NCAA tournament-bound Nebraska. On Tuesday, Barry noted Colorado's notoriously low fan attendance: The Buffs average 1,983 per home game while Big 12 foes Kansas State and Texas Tech can boast 10,000.
"Attendance hurts you more than anything,'' she said. "If we were 1-15 and we played in front of 9,000 -- that's what's hurt us in the Big 12. Our record's been better than K-State's the last four years, not counting this year, but K-State can walk in the door and say, 'You're going to play in front of 10,000' and we can't say that. That kills you.''
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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