For 29 seasons, Jim Baron has been teaching the finer points of basketball in a college setting. But his impact stretches to the international game as well. And that’s what earned him the latest honor from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Baron will be presented with the International Lifetime Achievement Award at the NABC Coaches Convention on April 2 in Houston. The award is given annually to a coach who demonstrates a lifetime commitment to coaching, education and building relationships through basketball.
“I am flattered and honored to receive this award from the NABC,” Baron said. “I have been a member of the NABC’s International Committee for more than 25 years, and I believe in the group’s mission to help grow the game of basketball. I am a firm believer that the game is now totally global. I’ve always loved coaching international players and incorporating their style of play into our systems. This is a tremendous honor for me and I greatly appreciate the NABC’s recognition.”
Baron served as the head coach of the Panamanian National Team in the 1992 FIBA Tournament of the Americas. He has held clinics overseas and has mentored many international players. His current roster at Canisius College features six international players – the most of any team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Speaking of that current Canisius team, the Golden Griffins host rival Niagara in a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader at the Koessler Athletic Center. The women tip off at 5 p.m. followed by the men at 8.
On the men’s side, the Griffs, playing their home finale, earned an 81-66 win over Marist on Saturday that snapped a four-game losing streak. Canisius is tied with Rider at 7-11 for seventh place in the MAAC and sits at 12-17 overall.
Niagara lost its home finale on Saturday, 71-59 to Fairfield. The Purple Eagles (5-13 MAAC, 7-22 overall) have lost six of their last seven games. In their meeting at the Gallagher Center, Canisius came away with a 70-61 win over the Purple Eagles.
On the women’s side, Canisius is coming off an 81-71 loss to Monmouth that ended the Griffs’ three-game win streak. Canisius is 7-11 in the MAAC and 12-14 overall.
Niagara is on a 10-game losing streak, sitting at 4-14 in conference play and 6-21 overall.
Canisius won the earlier meeting, 68-66, in overtime.