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Gene Bartow (born August 18, 1930) is a former men's college basketball coach.

The Browning, Missouri native coached 34 years at six universities. He coached at Central Missouri State University from 1961-1964, Valparaiso University from 1964-1970 and Memphis State University from 1970 until 1974, and he led the Memphis State Tigers to the 1973 NCAA national championship game and consecutive Missouri Valley Conference titles in the 1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons. He coached the US national team in the 1974 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.[1]

In 1974 Bartow accepted the head coaching position at the University of Illinois. Illinois finished 8-18 in his only season coaching the Fighting Illini, and Bartow left his position to succeed John Wooden as the head coach of UCLA. Bartow coached at UCLA from 1975 to 1977, guiding them to a 52-9 record, including a berth in the 1976 Final Four. As of 2008, he is the second winningest coach at UCLA by percentage of wins to losses at .852, putting him behind Gary Cunningham at .862 and above John Wooden at .808.

Bartow left UCLA after the 1977 season to take over the job of creating an athletic program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, more commonly known as UAB. He served as the school's first head basketball coach and athletic director for 18 years. Bartow led UAB to the NIT in the program's second year of existence, and followed that up with seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the Sweet 16 in 1981 and the Elite Eight in 1982.

Bartow retired from coaching in 1996, and in 1997, UAB renamed its basketball venue, Bartow Arena, in his honor. His son Murry, a UAB assistant, became the coach when Gene retired. Gene is now president of Hoops, LP, the company that runs the Memphis Grizzlies and the FedEx Forum.[2]

On April 15, 2009, a UAB spokesman revealed that Bartow had been diagnosed with stomach cancer.[3]

Bartow was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City on November 22, 2009, along with fellow inductees Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Wayman Tisdale, Jud Heathcote, Walter Byers, Travis Grant, and Bill Wall.

Head Coaching Record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Valparaiso Crusaders (Indiana Collegiate Conference) (1964–1970)
1964-1965 Valparaiso 13-12 5-7 3rd/7
1965-1966 Valparaiso 18-10 7-5 4th/7 NCAA 2nd Round
1966-1967 Valparaiso 21-8 7-5 2nd/7
1967-1968 Valparaiso 11-15 3-9 6th/7
1968-1969 Valparaiso 16-12 4-4 T-2nd/5 NCAA 2nd Round
1969-1970 Valparaiso 13-13 2-6 5th/5
Valparaiso: 92-70 28-30
Memphis Tigers (Missourl Valley Conference) (1970–1974)
1970-1971 Memphis 18-8 8-6 4th
1971-1972 Memphis 21-7 12-2 T-1st NIT 1st Round
1972-1973 Memphis 24-6 12-2 1st NCAA Runner-Up
1973-1974 Memphis 19-11
Memphis: 82-32 32-10
lllinois Fighting Illini (Big 10) (1974–1975)
1974-1975 Illinois 8-18 4-14 T-9th
Illinois: 8-18 4-14
UCLA Bruins (Pac 8) (1975–1977)
1975-1976 UCLA 28-4† 13-1 1st NCAA 3rd Place
1976-1977 UCLA 24-5 11-3 1st NCAA Sweet 16
UCLA: 52-9 24-4
UAB (Sun Belt Conference) (1978–1991)
1978-1979 UAB 15-11
1979-1980 UAB 18-12 10-4 T-2nd NIT 1st Round
1980-1981 UAB 23-9 9-3 T-1st NCAA Sweet 16
1981-1982 UAB 25-6 9-1 1st NCAA Elite 8
1982-1983 UAB 19-14 9-5 3rd NCAA 1st Round
1983-1984 UAB 23-11 8-6 5th NCAA 1st Round
1984-1985 UAB 25-9 11-3 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1985-1986 UAB 25-11 9-5 T-3rd NCAA 2nd Round
1986-1987 UAB 21-11 10-4 3rd NCAA 1st Round
1987-1988 UAB 16-15 7-7 5th
1988-1989 UAB 22-12 8-6 4th NIT Final Four
1989-1990 UAB 22-9 12-2 1st NCAA 1st Round
1990-1991 UAB 18-13 9-5 2nd NIT 1st Round
UAB: 247-143 111-51
UAB Blazers (Great Midwest Conference) (1991–1995)
1991-1992 UAB 20-9 4-6 5th NIT 1st Round
1992-1993 UAB 21-14 5-5 4th NIT Final Four
1993-1994 UAB 22-8 8-4 T-2nd NCAA 1st Round
1994-1995 UAB 15-15 5-7 6th
UAB: 77-46 22-22
UAB Blazers (Conference-USA) (1995–1996)
1995-1996 UAB 16-14 6-8 2nd(Red)
UAB: 16-14 6-8
Total: 574-332

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

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