Barmore to Join Fifth HOF

Leon Barmore
 
Leon Barmore
 

Aug. 15, 2008

SHREVEPORT - Former Louisiana Tech women's basketball coaching legend Leon Barmore will add another honor to his long list of accolades when he is inducted into the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Barmore joins Rogers Hampton Sr., R.E. Josey, Martha Josey, Pat Studstill, and Bob Griffin as this year's class of inductees.

The honor will mark the fifth hall of fame that Barmore is now a member, including the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame.

Barmore's name is synonymous with women's college basketball. For over 25 years, 20 as head coach, the Ruston native patrolled the sidelines and helped make Louisiana Tech Lady Techster basketball a name synonymous with great women's basketball.

Barmore began coaching at his alma mater in 1977 and retired from the game of basketball following the 2001-02 season. He left as the winningest coach nationally percentage-wise in the history of the women's game with an overall mark of 576-87 (86.9%).

He lead Tech to an incredible nine Final Fours, reaching the finals five times before claiming the 1988 National Championship. At the time of his retirement, Barmore was the only coach in NCAA Division I collegiate basketball history (men and women) to post six consecutive winning seasons of 30 or more games.

He is also one of only three former Bulldog basketball players to have their jersey retired at Louisiana Tech.