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Leon Barmore (born June 3, 1944, in Ruston, Louisiana, United States) is a college women's basketball coach. He coached at Louisiana Tech University from 1982 to 2002, serving the first three years as co-coach with Sonja Hogg, who had begun the program in 1974 at the invitation of university president F. Jay Taylor. Upon his retirement, Barmore's .869 winning percentage was the best in major-college basketball history (both men's and women's).

Barmore joined the Louisiana Tech staff in 1977, nominally as Hogg's top assistant. In truth, Barmore handled nearly all game strategy. He was named associate head coach in 1980 and co-head coach in 1982. He took over the reins full-time in 1985, when Hogg left Ruston.

Barmore led Tech to 20 straight winning seasons, including an amazing 13 30-plus win campaigns while also coaching the Lady Techsters to 20 straight NCAA Tournaments, nine Final Fours, five national championship games and the 1988 national title. When Barmore coached Tech to a 31-5 mark in 2000-01, he became the first coach in Division I college basketball history to record six straight 30-plus win seasons.

Barmore, who coached Tech to 13 regular season titles in 15 years as a member of either the American South, Sun Belt or Western Athletic Conferences, has coached 12 Kodak All-Americans, 14 players who have been selected in the WNBA Draft, and 37 first team all-conference selections.

Leon recently decided to continue his coaching career at Baylor University, where he is now an assistant under former Louisiana Tech superstar Kim Mulkey, who played under Barmore from 1980 to 1984. In the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Barmore served as Baylor's interim head coach and led the Bears to an overtime victory over UT-San Antonio (Mulkey missed the game with an illness). Both Mulkey and Barmore are members of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (Mulkey as a player and Barmore as a coach), and Barmore is also a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.[1][2]

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  1. ^ "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. http://www.wbhof.com/inductees.html. Retrieved 2009-08-01.  
  2. ^ "Hall of Famers". Basketball Hall of Fame. http://www.hoophall.com/hall-of-famers/tag/leon-barmore. Retrieved 2009-08-01.  
Preceded by
Sonja Hogg
Louisiana Tech Women's Basketball Coach
1982-2002 (co-coach with Sonja Hogg 1982-1985)
Succeeded by
Kurt Budke
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