June 9, 2018

Today, a longtime friend and inspiration to my Dad – Coach Ceal Barry – will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Below is an article written by one of Coach Barry’s former players about her experience playing for the legendary coach. This story is an outstanding lesson in leadership.

Congratulations, Coach Barry! I know my Dad is smiling down on you today as you are inducted into the Hall of Fame. – Liz


How two weeks with coach Ceal Barry changed my life

Kate Fagan

Playing basketball in college is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

In fact, college basketball was so hard I almost stopped doing it. One afternoon during my freshman season at the University of Colorado, I walked into a meeting with my head coach and told her I couldn’t keep playing: It was too much, too demanding, and I wasn’t up to the challenge. I wasn’t who I thought I was. Even worse in my mind, I wasn’t who she thought I was.

Ceal Barry listened. Then, without hesitation, she said, “Give me two weeks.”

“Two weeks?” I asked.
“Yes, give me two weeks to change how I coach you,” she said. “If after two weeks you still want to quit, I’ll accept it.”

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