Tuesday , Aug , 01 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nebraska hoops coach Collier takes AD job at Butler

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Barry Collier has decided to resign as
Nebraska’s head basketball coach to take a position as Butler’s athletic

Collier is an alum of Butler University and was the school’s head basketball
coach for 11 seasons from 1989 through 2000 before spending the past six years
at Nebraska.

Butler had nine winning seasons and reached the postseason six times during
Collier’s tenure.

“When we began the search for a new athletic director, we talked about getting
someone with strong leadership ability, integrity, character and the ability
to focus on a job and get it done. Well, we did even better,” said Butler
University president Dr. Bobby Fong. “I am certain we found the right person
for Butler University. Barry Collier understands Butler not only from his days
as a successful men’s basketball coach but also as a student and former Butler
men’s basketball Most Valuable Player. He has a well thought-out vision for
the future of Butler athletics, and I am confident he will lead Butler
University to great heights.”

Collier, a 1976 graduate of Butler, guided the Bulldogs to a record of 196-132
and five 20-win seasons at the helm. The school had just two 20-win seasons in
91 years of basketball before Collier’s arrival.

Three of Collier’s teams reached the NCAA Tournament and his 2000 squad nearly
upset eventual national runner-up Florida in the first round before falling in

The 52-year-old Collier led Nebraska to a mark of 89-91 in six years, reaching
the NIT twice. The Cornhuskers were 19-14 last season.