***University of Miami Release***
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami has extended men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga’s contract through May 31, 2022, Director of Athletics Blake James announced Thursday.
“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,” said James. “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 signed the nine-year contract following the Canes’ historical run in 2013, which culminated with the Bronx, N.Y., native earning AP, Naismith and USBWA Henry Iba National Coach of the Year honors. He was also the ACC Coach of the Year as well as NABC, Basketball Times and USBWA District Coach of the Year.
“The University of Miami is an elite academic institution, in a great geographical location, competing in the best basketball league in the country,” said Larrañaga. “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.”
Larrañaga led Miami to its first ACC regular season and tournament championships, on the way to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. During the season, Miami was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation, and defeated No. 1 Duke by 27 points in Coral Gables. UM was 15-3 in league play and notched a school-best 29 wins, in Larrañaga’s second season at The U.
“We want to build a tradition of excellence at the University of Miami,” Larrañaga added. “The most important aspect for me and our staff is to create consistency. With this extension the university has shown its commitment, and I am grateful for its confidence in our program.”
Larrañaga and the Hurricanes open the 2013-14 basketball season with an exhibition matchup on Oct. 30 against Florida Tech, followed by the season opener on Friday, Nov. 8 against St. Francis (NY) at the BankUnited Center.
Release courtesy of hurricanesports.com.