My Professional History
Stephen Bardo is a natural leader. He’s been helping individuals, teams, and organizations leverage opportunities and maximize performance since he started playing basketball! Stephen has been a point guard on teams in basketball, broadcasting, and business for the last 40 years. Bardo has helped teams achieve record turn-around and performance levels not seen before his arrival. He lead the Toshiba Thunder (Japan) to the playoffs and eventually to the league championship. Toshiba had never made the playoffs in 30 years before his arrival.
During his standout career at the University of Illinois, Bardo was the starting point guard on the legendary Flyin’ Illini team that reached the 1989 NCAA men’s basketball tournament Final Four. That Fighting Illini team gained the moniker “Flyin’ Illini” by Dick Vitale while broadcasting a game during the 1988-89 season. Bardo was named Big Ten defensive player of the year in 1989. Along with Bardo, the other starting members of that team included Nick Anderson, Kendall Gill, Kenny Battle, Lowell Hamilton, and key reserve Marcus Liberty.
Bardo was selected in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He played with the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, and San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. Bardo had extensive experience playing overseas as well. The stints include: France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Venezuela.
Since retiring in 2000, Bardo has worked in broadcasting. He has served as a color analyst for the Illini Sports Network, a sports reporter for WBBM-TV in Chicago, an analyst and reporter for CBS Sports, and a color analyst for college basketball on ESPN and Big Ten Network. He has also participated on ESPN First Take. He is the author of two books and a proud papa of two sons Stephen Paul and Landon.