Fred Barakat '61

Fred Barakat ’61

Fred Barakat passed away in Greensboro, NC, in June 2010. A two-time All-American basketball and baseball player at Assumption, Fred was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and the New York Knicks. He played basketball for five years in the Eastern Basketball Professional League. He began his career coaching basketball and teaching at Hasbrouck Heights High School while pursuing a master’s degree at Montclair State University.

Fred returned to Assumption to coach basketball, tennis and soccer and later served as an assistant basketball coach at UConn before becoming the head coach at Fairfield University (1970–81). In 1981 Fred was appointed the Atlantic Coast Conference’s men’s basketball supervisor of officials and held several positions within the ACC, including director of the men’s basketball tournament, during his 27 years of service. He retired in 2007 as associate commissioner of men’s basketball operations and is a member of the Emerson High School (NJ), Hudson County (NJ), New England Basketball, Assumption College and Fairfield University Athletic Halls of Fame.

Fred passed away in 2010. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Florence; daughters Nancy, Christie and Amy; son Rick; sisters Linda and Kathleen; and eight grandchildren.

Last updated 6/3/11