Jim Baron out as URI hoop coach
University of Rhode Island officials have announced that Jim Baron is being dismissed as the university’s basketball coach. Baron has two years left on his contract, which means that URI will be liable for about $1.5 million in salary (No state money is used for the coach’s salary).
Baron, who is well-liked and respected within college basketball coaching circles, had some great success in Kingston, but has never made an NCAA tournament and this year his young team has staggered to a 7-24 losing record. And there have been some nights when the Ryan Center just wasn’t drawing crowds. A Brooklyn, N.Y. native, Baron came to URI from St. Bonaventure. Both of his sons, Jimmy and Billy, have played for URI. (Billy is a member of the current team).
Baron had 6 20 win seasons at URI but also lost 20 games in three different seasons. This year’s team finished 7-24 and did not qualify for the A-10 tournament.