Tony Barone, the Creighton men's basketball coach from 1985-91 and a 2015 inductee into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame, passed away on Tuesday. He was 72.
Barone compiled a 102-82 record in six seasons as head coach of the Bluejays from 1985-91. His teams won Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and MVC Tournament titles in both 1988-89 and 1990-91, and he was named MVC Coach of the Year in 1988-89. Barone led the Bluejays to two NCAA Tournaments, and his 1990-91 team won the program's first NCAA Tournament game since 1973-74. He was hired as Texas A&M head coach in 1991 and wrapped up his career on the college sideline in 1998 with 178 Division I victories. Barone later served as Director of Player Personnel for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, and was named interim coach for 52 games during the 2006-07 campaign.