In a statement, ACC commissioner John Swofford remembered Barakat as someone who “served college athletics well throughout his career, and was a significant and impactful influence especially within the basketball community.”
Various reports say Barakat died of a heart attack.
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.
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