As an All-American at Niles West High School, her girls basketball team won the Illinois High School State Championship and she received many local, regional and state accolades.
Barb received a full scholarship to play at DePaul University in Chicago and started every game in her four year career. She was a two time captain and led the team in scoring three of her four years. She graduated as the all-time record holder in total points scored, as well as leader in assists, steals, field goals and field goals attempted. She has been inducted into the DePaul Hall of Fame, the Niles West Hall of Fame and in the Illinois High School Hall of Fame with her State Championship team.
After retiring from WGN Radio after 25 years, she was recruited to run both the Niles West girls and boys 6 th , 7 th and 8 th grade feeder basketball programs of which she also coached for many years. She is a lifelong member of St. Demetrios of Chicago and she has lived most of her life in Lincolnwood, IL where she and her husband, Bill, raised their children Johnny, Tricia and Andrew.