Gary Bargen began his duties as Nebraska’s director of compliance in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Compliance in May 2010, after serving for five years as an assistant athletic director. He is responsible for ensuring that the conduct and operations of Nebraska’s 23 athletic teams are in compliance with NCAA and Big 12 Conference rules and regulations.
Previously, Bargen spent nine seasons as an assistant coach on the Nebraska men’s basketball staff and four years as an assistant compliance coordinator. A native of Hardy, Neb., Bargen compiled a 199-56 record as head coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, twice earning Region VI Coach-of-the-Year honors. Before going to Hutchinson, Bargen spent nine years as head coach and athletic director at Southeast (Neb.) Community College, where his teams earned a 140-68 record.
Bargen, who earned his bachelor’s (1964) and master’s (1968) degrees from Nebraska, is married to the former Nancy Sorensen of Hardy, Neb., and they are the parents of four children, daughters Chris and Kim, and sons, Jed and Mike, and have 15 grandchildren.