Barbee played collegiately for the University of Massachusetts. After being an assistant coach at UMass, Wyoming and Memphis, Barbee was hired as the first black coach at the University of Texas El Paso in 2006. Barbee led UTEP to a Conference USA championship during the 2009-10 season. On March 24, 2010 Barbee was named the new head coach at Auburn University, becoming Auburn's first black head coach in a major sport. Barbee began his career at Auburn in a brand new $90 million arena.
Barbee posted an overall record of 49-76 (.392), and a mark of 18-50 (.265) in the Southeastern Conference. He was fired on March 12, 2014 after the Tigers were eliminated from the SEC tournament with a 74-56 loss to South Carolina.
|Auburn University Head Men's Basketball Coach
- Goldberg, Charles (March 25, 2010) "New Auburn basketball coach Tony Barbee has seen his record improve, stock rise." The Birmingham News
- Erickson, Joel E. (March 12, 2014) "Tony Barbee fired after Auburn loses in SEC Tournament." The Birmingham News