Miami (FL) Head Coach Jim Larranaga Named 2013 AP Coach of the Year
In just his second season at Miami (FL) head men’s basketball coach Jim Larranaga has been named the 2013 AP Coach of the Year.
The decision by the voters for the Associated Press should certainly come as no surprise considering what Larranaga and his Hurricanes accomplished this season. With uncertain expectations of even earning a spot within the NCAA Tournament, Larranaga and Miami made a major statement during the 2012-13 season by winning the ACC regular season and tournament championships. In addition, the Hurricanes earned a No. 2 seed within the Big Dance, but were upset in the Sweet 16 by No. 3 Marquette.
Miami (FL) finished the 2012-13 season with an overall mark of 29-7.
Larranaga has won 49 total games in his first two seasons at Miami and after the Hurricanes’ incredible run this season, the future looks bright. Miami (FL) will lose some key players off this year’s squad, but sophomore guard Shane Larkin is expected to return, according to numerous reports.
Larranaga began his coaching career as an assistant at Davidson before taking the head job at Division II American International College. Larranaga left after two years to taking an assistant position at Virginia before taking over the reigns at Bowling Green in 1986.
Prior to the start of the 1997-98 season, Larranaga made the switch to George Mason, helping to guide the Patriots on a magical Final Four run back in 2006. Larranaga was hired at Miami prior to the start of the 2011-12 season.
This accolade marks the first time he has won the AP award. He also was named the ACC Coach of the Year here in 2013.
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