"Gene Bartow guided Valpo teams to a 93-69 mark (.574). His teams qualified for three NCAA College Division regionals, including a national quarterfinal appearance in the 1966-1967 season.

Bartow followed his VU days by serving as head coach at Memphis State, Illinois, UCLA and Alabama-Birmingham. During his coaching career, Bartow took two different teams to the NCAA Final Four (Memphis State 1973 and UCLA 1976), and just missed with a third as his 1981-1982 UAB team fell to Louisville in the Mideast regional final. Bartow stepped down as UAB head coach in 1996.