Barry McLeod has been a basketball player and coach all his life. During his time at Centenary College, he was a three-year starter and co-captain of the nationally ranked team his junior and senior years, helping to guide his team to a record of 70 wins and 12 losses.
In 1976, he was a draft pick of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, after which he became the Assistant Basketball Coach at Sacred Heart University for five years from 1988 to 1993.
After finishing his tenure as a college coach, McLeod moved to Central High School in Bridgeport, where he coached the basketball teams to an impressive 374 wins. Under his leadership, Central has won 11 Western Division championships and appeared in five FCIAC Championships, winning the title three times. His teams have also won three State LL titles, and, in 2010 and 2014, the Hilltoppers were voted No. 1 in Connecticut.