Barry Barnes (Boomers Coach 1993-2000) on our best Boomers teams and 2021 medal hopes


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Barry Barnes is arguably the most successful Boomers coach ever. With a record of 119 wins and 53 losses as head coach, an outstanding 69% win percentage, and having led the national team to two fourth-place finishes (1996 and 2000) his resume is hard to beat.

Barry became a Boomers assistant coach under coach Adrian Hurley in 1985, joining the team at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic games before being elevated to head coach in 1993 where he would become the program's first full-time head coach.

Barnes was head coach of the National Men’s Team from 1993-2000 leading the team in two Olympics (1996 & 2000) and two FIBA World Championships (1994 & 1998).

Barnes was elected to the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame in 2007.

Topics include;

  • Should the Boomers coaching job be a full-time or part-time job? (2:00)
  • The difficulties of coaching the national team (8:00)
  • Why 1996 was the Boomers best chance of winning a medal so far (17:00)
  • Did the Boomers tank in 2016 (20:00)
  • An unusual start to the 1996 Olympic Games (24:00)
  • Facing Dream Team III and Shane Heal's clash with Charles Barkley (30:00)
  • Memories of the 2000 Olympics (39:00)
  • Boomers rookie hazing stories (55:00)
  • The Boomers 2021 Olympic hopes and what the team need to do to bring home their first Olympic medal (105:00)

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Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

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