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Barry Collier is the athletic director at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was previously head men's basketball coach at Butler and at the University of NebraskaLincoln.
Collier is a defensive minded coach whose philosophy is being steadily ingrained in his players and their style of play. The Huskers lead the Big 12 in defense, limiting their opponents to just 57 points per gane on 37 percent shooting, both numbers rank in the top 10 nationally.
Collier's approach to defense is based on what he learned as an assistant for three seasons to Stanford's Mike Montgomery. In the Big 12, a conference known for outstanding defensive basketball and normally led in defensive stats by Sampson's Sooners, Colliers Nebraska teams are gaining quite a reputation for outstanding defensive play.
Collier expects his team to go to postseason play every season. The former Butler head coach had nine winning seasons out of the ll he coached his alma mater. He left Butler with a 196-132 record after the Bulldogs had just three winning seasons the previous 15 years.
Butler and Collier had five 20-win seasons including 22 or more wins each of Colliers last four seasons at the helm. To put this in its proper perspective the Bulldogs had just two 20-win seasons in their past 91 of intercollegiate basketball before Collier's arrival on the scene.
His last four seasons at Butler saw the Bulldogs log a 90-39 (.698) overall record while making four consecutive trips to postseason tournaments, a school record.
Overall Collier's Bulldog teams enjoyed three trips to the NCAA Tournament and three trips to the NIT, advancing to the third round in 1999.
Collier had the Bulldogs playing very competitively both nationally and in their Midwestern Collegiate Conference. They won two conference titles finishing either first or second seven times in MCC play.
Collier was named conference coach of the year four times.
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