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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Auburn confirms the Tony Barbee hire

And we have the quotes to prove it:

Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs:
“We are thrilled to welcome Tony Barbee into the Auburn Family. Coach Barbee has a vision of competing for championships at Auburn, and the passion to get us there. He is a phenomenal coach, an outstanding recruiter and a fierce competitor. Coach Barbee also shares Auburn values and is the right man to lead our team and represent Auburn University and the Auburn Family. The bottom line is Tony Barbee is a winner. We could not be happier to have him as the new face of Auburn Basketball as we prepare to open a new era in a new arena next season.”
New Auburn coach Tony Barbee:
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the Auburn Family and proud to be the next head coach at Auburn,” Barbee said. “We have challenges in front of us, but we also have great opportunities with everything Auburn has to offer—a great university, outstanding community, tremendous fan support, and a terrific new arena and practice facility. The time is now to take Auburn basketball to new heights.”
Barbee, 38, will be formally introduced as Auburn’s 20th head coach Thursday.

Auburn also sent out this bio box of Barbee:


  • Born: Aug. 10, 1971
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Wife: Holly
  • Children: daughter Hayden, son Andrew
  • Education: B.A. from Massachusetts (1993)
  • Playing Experience: Massachusetts (1989-93)
Coaching Experience
  • 1995-96: UMass, Graduate Assistant
  • 1996-98: UMass, Assistant
  • 1998-99: Wyoming, Assistant
  • 1999-00: UMass, Assistant
  • 2000-06: Memphis, Assistant
  • 2006-10: UTEP, Head Coach
Head Coaching Record
  • 2006-07: 14-17, 6-10, C-USA/10th
  • 2007-08: 19-14, 8-8, C-USA/t-6th
  • 2008-09: 23-14, 10-6, C-USA/t-4th
  • 2009-10: 26-7, 15-1, C-USA/1st
  • Overall: 82-52, 39-25

1 comment:

Jim Rome said...

Awesome. Thanks for the info!