Basketball has to be played in a simple matter. Talent has to be on display. Same goes for energy, teamwork and joy.
Represent my country has always been a privilege. As a player, and now as a coach.
Road to success has no shortcuts. You have to put in work and have limitless patience. Lubos Barton
Coach Lubos Barton
Lubos Barton, Euroleague Champion in 2010, is mostly known for his quite impressive career as a player. Already as a teenager, Barton put his name among the best in Europe, and shortly came close to being drafted in the NBA. He moved to Europe, played for top Euroleague teams in Italy and Spain, and won all European trophies in a five-year span. You could say that he was one of the best Euro forwards in that time. Injuries speeded up the process of retirement, and to anyone’s surprise, Barton took on a new challenge as a coach in 2016. His first steps were made in Spain and shortly he joined the ranks of coaches in the Czech Republic national team, only two years after his own retirement as a player. Since then, he established himself as one of the best coaches working with the talented young prospect, coached FC Barcelona junior teams and was the head coach of Czech Republic Under 18 team for 4 years. He has worked relentlessly on his resume, adding important experience with Baylor basketball program in early 2020, before pandemic, and soaking up new ideas from the NCAA champions. Coaching in the NCAA is one of his goals in the upcoming years.
Because of Covid-19 pandemic, Barton moved back to Czech Republic, and helped to reestablish basketball in Brno, place with rich basketball history. He helped to put the program back on the basketball map not only in the Czech Republic, but took the team to the prestigious Adidas Next Generation Tournament for 2 straight years. It only demonstrates that Barton not only has a good eye for talent, but he also knows how to work with it and develop it.
In the beginning of 2022, Barton accepted an opportunity to serve as a first assistant to the senior national team, leaving behind his head coaching duty with the Under 18. He will be looking at possible reunion with his former player, since they will be growing into their new roles within the adult ranks. He is definitily looking forward the new challenge and next step up in his career.
Bartoň grew up in Ceska Lipa junior teams and made his debut in top senior league with SCE Decin during the 1996-97 season. After graduating high school, Barton went to study and play in Valparaiso University (NCAA). In 2002 returned to Europe, signed by Fortitudo Bologna (ITA). He stayed in Italy two more years (Virtus Roma) before moving to Spain where he spent his best years of his career. He played 3 years with Joventut Badalona and then two years with FC Barcelona. Barton won all 3 continental trophies in 4 year span, adding 2 Spanish cups and one ACB title. Barton retired from playing in 2016.
Barton started his coaching career in Spain, getting his coaching degree with spanish FEB and joining junior staff in FC Barcelona. In 4 years there, he coached both Cadet and Junior teams, and was helping with top talents in Barca B teams. In 2018, Barton took over as Czech Republic U18 head coach, and took the team to the Division A with one year. After 4 years, Barton took the opportunity to become 1st assistant in the men’s senior NT. Important to mention, Barton spent half a season with Baylor Bears (NCAA) that would eventually become 2021 National NCAA Champions. In 2020, Barton move to Brno (CZ), helping their youth team to get among the European best (Adidas Next Generation Tournament) for two years in a row.
Debut with SCE Decin ( 1996–1997 )
Fortitudo Bologna ( 2002-2003 )
Virtus Roma ( 2003-2005 )
Joventut Badalona ( 2005-2008 )
FC Barcelona ( 2008-2010 )
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada ( 2010-2012 )
Joventut Badalona ( 2012 )
USK Praha ( 2012-2013 )
Phantoms Braunschweig ( 2013 )
BK Děčín ( 2013 )
ČEZ Basketball Nymburk ( 2014-2015 )
Valencia BC ( 2013-2014 )
FC Barcelona B ( 2015-2016 )
Coach of Basket Brno Team ( 2016 )
2002 Mid Conference MVP (Valparaiso University)
2002 All-American Honorable Mention (Valparaiso)
2006 FibaCup Champion (Joventut Badalona)
2008 & 2010 Spanish Cup Champion (Joventut, FC Barcelona)
I want to write few things about becoming a basketball coach and having all the tools for it as well. Basketball has been my life since age 12, and even though I retired from playing at 36, my love for the game stayed the same.