With an entire life around the game and a basketball-rich bloodline, Brian Barone enters his fourth season coaching at Illinois State and in the Missouri Valley Conference, but he is no stranger to either one.
Barone's father, Tony, served as the head coach at Creighton for six seasons and coached Porter Moser during that tenure to a league championship. Barone's father is the director of player personnel and an assistant coach with the National Basketball Association's Memphis Grizzlies, a team that also employs his brother, Tony, as the director of scouting.
Barone joined the Redbirds after a one-year stint at Garden City Community College under head coach Earl Diddle.
Prior to Garden City Community College, Barone served as an assistant for a year at Central Florida Community College during the 2001-02 season under former Illinois State head coach Gene Smithson. Barone helped lead the Patriots to a 21-11 record along with a Mid-Florida Conference Tournament Championship and a trip to the Region VII semifinals.
Barone played collegiately at Marquette, under head coach Tom Crean, during the 1998-2001 seasons. With the Golden Eagles, he was a team captain and selected to the Conference USA All-Academic Team.
Barone spent his first two seasons at Texas A&M, playing for his father. As a sophomore, he was named Big XII Honorable Mention All-Conference and received GTE Big XII Academic All-Conference honors.
The College Station, Texas native received his bachelor's degree in communications from Marquette in 2000 and his master's degree, also from Marquette in communications, in 2002.
Barone is single and resides in Normal.