Tag:Jim Baron
Posted on: March 4, 2012 12:27 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 12:30 pm

Source: Rhode Island fires Jim Baron

By Jeff Goodman

Rhode Island has parted ways with Jim Baron. 

Sources confirmed that the 57-year-old was informed of the decision on Sunday morning, following a dismal campaign in which the Rams finished 7-24 overall 4-12 in A-10 play and failed to qualify for the league tournament. 

The news was first reported by New York Times' Pete Thamel via Twitter

Baron spent 11 years in Kingston, R.I. - and won 20 games four consecutive seasons leading up to this year. 

But he was never able to get the Rams to the NCAA tournament and many in the state were upset about his salary. He had two years remaining on his contract which paid him about $600,000 per season. 

Another aspect of dismissal is that his youngest son, Billy, transferred from Virginia in the middle of last season and became eligible at the semester break this year.

Billy Baron averaged 13 points in 20 games this season.  

Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 2:43 pm

Brooklyn native Baron excited of A10 tourney move

By Jeff Goodman

Jim Baron grew up is the Cooper Park Houses, a Brooklyn project about 15 minutes away from the new Barclays Center.

No one was happier when hearing of the A-10 conference tournament moving to Brooklyn than Rhode Island's head coach.

"It's great," Baron said. "I still can't believe it. It's a big-time arena and it'll allow a lot of synergy - not only for us."

Baron spoke glowingly of the facility and how this move can help the league in every regard, attracting more alumni due to the New York attractions and also taking advantage from a recruiting standpoint.

Baron also knows the move from Atlantic City, N.J., to Brooklyn will also help in terms of media exposure.

He also offered to buy me a token so I could get on the train and make the short trek from the Big East tournament to the A-10.

I'm sure I won't be alone in terms of media members who try and pull double-duty between the two league tournaments.

"It's a great move," Baron added. "Especially to do it for five years. That gives us continuity and the ability to establish ourselves and establish the league."

The five-year deal was huge for the league because now it'll make it difficult for both the Big East and ACC to both house their league tournaments in New York City - which was one scenario being bandied about.

"I grew up in the projects in Brooklyn," Baron said. "The area has had a complete resurgence. The area I grew up in is yuppies and high-rises now."

Photo: AP
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