ACC Mourns the Loss of Fred Barakat

June 22, 2010 

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -Retired Atlantic Coast Conference associate commissioner Fred Barakat died Monday. He was 71.

Barakat, a 1961 graduate of Assumption College, joined the ACC in 1981 as the coordinator of basketball officials and held numerous duties, including manager of the men's basketball tournament. He retired in 2007 as associate commissioner of men's basketball operations.

He spent 11 years as head coach at Fairfield before joining the ACC, compiling a 160-128 record and leading the Stags to three NITs.

ACC Commissioner John Swofford on the passing of former Associate Commissioner Fred Barakat

"The ACC lost a tremendous friend in Fred Barakat, and all of us are deeply saddened by this news. Fred served college athletics well throughout his career and was a significant and impactful influence especially within the basketball community. His zest for life and his contributions were evident not only in the ACC, but across the country. He'll be greatly missed as both a personal friend and respected colleague and our thoughts and prayers go out to Florence and his entire family."


Visitation - Thursday evening, June 24, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Forbis & Dick Funeral Home - North Elm Chapel
1118 North Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Funeral Home Site & Guestbook 

Service - Friday morning, June 25, 10:00am
The Greensboro War Memorial Auditorium
1921 W. Lee Street
Greensboro, NC
Doors open at 9 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, with all contributions earmarked for the Dick Vitale Research Grant for Pediatric Cancer: Dick Vitale, Inc., (7810 Mathern Court, Bradenton, FL 34202 or to the American Heart Association (202 Centreport Dr., # 100, Greensboro, NC 27409-9716; 336-668-0167?; (

Discounted room nights are available at the Greensboro Sheraton, (800) 242-6556. Please reference "Fred Barakat Funeral".