Fred Barakat was a standout in basketball and baseball at Assumption College and was drafted by the NBA’s New York Knicks and baseball’s San Francisco Giants. Basketball was his passion and he played five years in the professional Eastern Basketball League. He joined the coaching ranks and guided Fairfield to a 160-128 record and three NIT appearances in 11 seasons. In 1981, he joined the ACC as an assistant commissioner and director of basketball officials and in 1991 became the director of men’s basketball operations, where his focus was managing the men’s basketball tournament. Upon his retirement in 2007, Barakat served as a consultant for ESPN and UNCG. Barakat is a member of numerous Halls of Fame including Emerson High School (Union City, NJ), Hudson County, New Jersey, Assumption College, Fairfield University and the Northeast Sports Hall of Fame.