Barry Barnes OAM

Hall of Fame Class: 2007 Role: Coach


Hall of Fame Class: 2007 Role: Coach


Barry Barnes enjoyed a highly prestigious national and international coaching career for over 20 years.

After establishing his reputation as a junior coach he progressed to the NBL where he coached for 12 successful years and was named Coach of the Year in his 1980 Rookie season.

He became assistant coach of the 1985 national men’s team that claimed an historical fourth place at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and sixth at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona before becoming head coach in 1993.

After 172 games as an assistant coach, he led the Boomers on a further 172 occasions and amassed an amazing 119 wins, highlighted by consecutive fourth place finishes at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

A Life Member of the Australian Coaches Association, he was awarded the Basketball Australia Merit Award in 1996.


– Successful 12 year NBL coaching career.

– An outstanding 69.2 win% with the Boomers – 172 games (119 wins, 53 losses)

– NBL Coach of the Year in his first year – 1980.

– Boomers Assistant Coach at two Olympic Games – 1988, 1992.

– Received Basketball Australia Merit award – 1996.

– Boomers Head Coach at World Championship – 1998.

– Coached the Boomers to equal best ever Olympic result (4th) – 1996, 2000.

– Boomers Head Coach at two Olympic Games – 1996, 2000.

– Australia Coaches Association Life Member.

– Elected to the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame in 2007.


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