Former University of Kentucky player Ceal Barry and former Wildcats head coach Mickie DeMoss were part the 2018 induction class for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday night.
Other inductees announced included Chamique Holdsclaw (player), Katie Smith (player), Tina Thompson (player), Rose Marie Battaglia (veteran, contributor) and Christine Dailey (contributor /assistant coach).
Barry, chosen for her coaching career, was a four-year letter winner at Kentucky from 1973 to 1977. The former Assumption standout was part of the first class of female students to receive a scholarship for athletics.
After graduation, she spent four seasons as head coach at Cincinnati and 22 seasons at the helm of the Colorado women’s basketball program before retiring in 2005. She now serves as a senior associate athletics director/senior women’s administrator at Colorado.
“It’s humbling and I’m just really thrilled about it,” Barry told the Daily Camera of Boulder, Colo. “Coaching was such a high point of my life. I have so many fond memories, especially at CU. … At Colorado, it was my life. I committed myself and it made me think about all the coaches and players, and it was like a family.
“We had so many great times. It was hard work, but it was a lot of fun, too.”
A few of Barry’s many accolades are: 1994 National Coach of the Year; 1995 Carol Eckman Award; 1996 Olympic gold medalist; two-time District V Coach of the Year; four-time Big Eight Coach of the Year; 510 career wins at Cincinnati and Colorado; 11 NCAA Tournaments.
“When you’re a coach, you don’t think about trophies and honors and medals and things like that,” Barry told the Daily Camera. “Your day to day is thinking about doing the best job you can do in helping kids reach their potential. That’s the fun part of being a coach.”
DeMoss, chosen as a contributor/assistant coach, took over a struggling UK program in 2003 and started the rebuilding process. During her time at Kentucky, DeMoss took the Cats to three straight postseason trips (one NCAA Tournament and two WNIT trips). DeMoss was named 2006 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year for leading UK to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven seasons.
Prior to coming to Kentucky, DeMoss spent 18 seasons as an assistant at Tennessee, helping the Lady Vols garner six national championships and 13 Final Four appearances. She also was the head coach four seasons at Florida (1979-83). In eight seasons as a head coach, DeMoss has a career record of 116-123, including a 26-65 mark in the SEC.
Since leaving UK, DeMoss has served as an assistant coach at Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana Tech and for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. She is currently an assistant coach at LSU.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected into this class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,” DeMoss told LSUSports.net. “Basketball continues to be a big part of my life. I’ve had so many great opportunities to work with so many outstanding coaches and players.”
Valerie Still, a UK All-American and the school’s all-time leading scorer, was also a finalist but was not selected.
The class of 2018’s official induction will be in Knoxville on June 9.