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April 22, 2011
CORAL GABLES, FLA. - University of Miami Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst has announced the hiring of Jim Larranaga (LARE-uh-NAY-guh) as the 12th head coach of the men's basketball program.
Larranaga leaves George Mason after 14 seasons, a program he has guided to five NCAA Tournament appearances (2011, 2008, 2006, 2001, 1999) - including an unprecedented run to the 2006 Final Four that captured the nation's attention, defeating Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State and UConn along the way. Following that run, he was selected the 2006 Clair Bee Coach of the Year. ,/p>
"Coach Larranaga is the real deal," said University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala. "He's a winner, an inspirational leader, and he cares deeply about his players and staff. We're delighted to welcome him and his wife as the newest members of the Miami Hurricane family."
Larranaga will be officially introduced to the Miami family during a press conference on Friday at 6:30 p.m. HurricaneSports.com will have free live video of his formal introduction and a live chat where fans can interact directly with Miami athletics staff.
Over 14 seasons with George Mason, Larranaga built the Patriots' program into a perennial contender in the highly-regarded Colonial Athletic Association, winning more games than any other coach in program and conference history (273) en route to three conference titles (2008, 2001, 1999).
A two-time CAA Coach of the Year honoree, Larranaga earned the accolade in 2011, after leading the Patriots to a 27-7 overall record and 16-2 conference mark en route to the CAA regular-season title and their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance under his leadership. Seeded a program-best eighth in the NCAA Tournament, George Mason rallied from a double-digit deficit to defeat ninth-seeded Villanova, 61-57, before falling to overall No. 1 seed Ohio State in the third round.