Brian Barone took over as SIUE's men's basketball head coach in March 2019. Barone had been an assistant coach for the Cougars the previous two seasons.
Barone brings previous NCAA Division I experience as an assistant as well as stints as an assistant and head coach in the junior college ranks.
Barone’s most recent Division I experience came at Green Bay under current Bradley head coach Brian Wardle. In five years on the Green Bay staff, Barone helped guide the Phoenix to a 95-65 overall record. In 2014-15, Green Bay posted a 24-7 record and claimed the Horizon League’s regular season championship.
While at Green Bay, Barone was instrumental in the recruitment and development of two-time Horizon League Player of the Year Keifer Sykes and second round 2015 NBA Draft Pick Alec Brown. More than 10 Green Bay players from Barone’s tenure went on to play professionally.
Prior to his time in Green Bay, Barone was on staff at Indiana University as the Hoosiers' director of basketball operations/video coordinator where he worked under his college head coach Tom Crean. He began at IU in 2008 after serving the 2007-08 campaign as the coordinator of basketball operations and video coordinator at Marquette.
Barone's first Division I coaching experience came at Illinois State. He spent four seasons (from 2003-04 through 2006-07) as an assistant coach for the Redbirds where he helped resurrect a program that had just eight wins the year prior to his arrival.
He also has experience in the junior college ranks, with coaching stops at Butler Community College, Garden City Community College and Central Florida Community College.
As a player, Barone played his first two seasons at Texas A&M, playing for his father Tony Barone, Sr. He earned honorable mention all-Big XII accolades as a sophomore following the 1997-98 season when he finished among the league's top five in assists and steals. He also received GTE Big XII Academic All-Conference accolades as well.
He transferred to Marquette, where he played alongside Harris. Barone made his debut in 1999-00 after sitting out one season as a transfer. He served as team captain during his tenure and was also named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team.
Barone earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Marquette in 2000 and completed his master's in communications at MU in 2002.
Basketball runs in Barone's family. His father, Tony Sr., played at Duke and was the head coach at Creighton, Texas A&M and the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies,as well as being the Director of Player Personnel for the Grizzlies. His brother, Tony, Jr., has been a college assistant coach, a Director of Scouting in the NBA, and currently is the assistant director for development and enforcement for men’s basketball with the NCAA.
Barone and his wife, Mimi, have a son, Carson, and three daughters, Ava, Gianna and Cecilia.