UM BASKETBALL

UM basketball coach Jim Larrañaga gets three-year contract extension

 

mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga, fresh off leading the program to its first ACC regular season and postseason titles, has received a three-year extension – stretching his stay in South Florida through the 2022 season.

The Associated Press first reported the news and a University of Miami spokesman confirmed it.

Larrañaga, 63, will be a few months shy of his 73rd birthday when the contract expires.

“Since Jim and Liz’s arrival at the University of Miami in 2011, they have had a tremendous impact not only on our basketball program and our student-athletes, but also on the South Florida community,” athletic director Blake James said in a statement released by the school. “The phenomenal on-court success of the team last season is just the start of something great. We are thrilled that Jim and Liz will be a fixture at UM for many years to come.”

Larrañaga, 49-20 in two seasons at Miami, led the Hurricanes to 29 wins last season, a trip to the Sweet 16 and was The Associated Press’ coach of the year. The Hurricanes were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country in the AP poll.

“The University of Miami is an elite academic institution, in a great geographical location, competing in the best basketball league in the country,” Larrañaga said in a statement released by the school. “It has always been my goal to compete at the very highest level, so I am fortunate, and humbled, that I will be able to pursue this opportunity for the remainder of my career.”

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