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 Jim Larranaga Biography

Jim Larranaga was named the 12th head coach of the University of Miami men's basketball program on April 22, 2011.

After leading UM to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16, and winning the school’s first ACC regular season and tournament championships, Larranaga was honored as the AP, Naismith, USBWA Henry Iba and ACC Coach of the Year. The Bronx native helped Miami to a No. 2 national ranking by both the AP and USA TODAY, and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. He is the 10th coach in the last 10 years to lead two top-10 programs, as Miami was No. 2 on Feb. 18, 2013, and George Mason was No. 8 in the final Top 25 poll in 2006.

Larranaga, who earned his 500th win during the season, directed the Canes to a 27-point win over No. 1 Duke and three other 20+ point wins over ACC opponents this season, including North Carolina (+26), Florida State (+24) and Boston College (+22). UM’s 29 overall and 15 ACC wins in 2012-13 were program-bests, as was the 14-game winning streak and 13-0 start in conference play. Other program firsts include defeating all three teams in the North Carolina Triangle in the same season, beating a trio of teams in the Top 20 since joining the ACC and hosting five home sellouts at the BankUnited Center.

Individually, Coach L saw Shane Larkin earn the ACC Player of the Year and Lute Olson National Player of the Year awards, as well as All-American status and finalist nods for the Bob Cousy, John Wooden and James Naismith player of the year honors before declaring early for the 2013 NBA Draft. Larkin was also the ACC Tournament MVP, on the ACC Defensive team and a defensive All-American. Durand Scott was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, three players – Larkin, Scott and Kenny Kadji – were listed on all-conference teams and four were on the ACC All-Tournament Team – Larkin, Scott, Julian Gamble and Trey McKinney Jones.

All six seniors on the Sweet 16 team earned academic degrees from the University of Miami and one player was listed on the All-ACC Academic Team.

Larranaga came to Miami after serving as the head coach at George Mason for 14 seasons. He guided that program 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.

In Year One at The U, the Canes posted a 20-13 record, making Larranaga the first Miami head coach to record 20 wins in his inaugural season in Coral Gables. Under the new coaching staff, UM won nine games in conference play, the first time Miami has posted a winning record in ACC play since joining the conference for the 2004-05 season. The Canes ended the season tied for fourth in the ACC, another program-best accomplishment.

On Feb. 5, 2012, Coach L & Co. did what no other hoops coach at Miami had done when he took the Canes into Cameron Indoor Stadium and defeated No. 7/5 Duke. The Canes downed the Blue Devils 78-74 in overtime that afternoon, led by 27 points and 12 rebounds from Reggie Johnson, and received votes in the next AP Poll for the first time since 2010. Gaining momentum, Miami then beat No. 15/16 Florida State at home in front of a packed house, UM's first win over FSU since 2009. Teetering on the edge of The Dance bubble, the Canes went 1-1 in the ACC Tournament and ended up in the NIT, defeating Valparaiso, but falling to Minnesota, the eventual NIT Championship runner-up.

Three players earned postseason recognition under Larranaga's watch, as Kenny Kadji was selected to the All-ACC Third Team, Durand Scott was voted an honorable mention performer and Shane Larkin earned a spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

Larranaga built the GMU 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, 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.

Larranaga's teams are known for their offensive efficiency and a frenetic defense dubbed the "Scramble." In Coach L's last season, his Patriots - who were ranked 24th in the final RPI - finished the season 11th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (39.5), 18th in scoring margin (10.3), 22nd in turnovers (11.1), 26th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28) and 37th in scoring defense (62.5). During its 16-game win streak - which catapulted Mason to No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll on Feb. 28 - all but four victories came by a double-digit margin. That streak included the 71-51 win at VCU on Feb. 15, with Mason holding the Rams to a season-low offensive output.

He became Mason's all-time leader in men's basketball victories with his 131st win on January 22, 2005, with the 77-58 decision at James Madison. He became the CAA's all- time leader in wins on February 4, 2006, when the Patriots defeated UNC Wilmington. His Mason teams went 182-89 in CAA play.

In 2006, Larranaga became the first coach at a mid-major school to take his team to the Final Four in 27 years and earned an at-large berth for a CAA team for the first time in 20 years. Along the way, he led Mason to a school record in wins, the school's first-ever national ranking, George Mason's first-ever appearance in the Top 10 and the school's first wins over Top 10 teams.

The Patriots finished the year with a 27-8 record and a No. 8 ranking in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Earlier that season, Mason cracked the polls at No. 25, but NCAA tournament wins over Michigan State, No. 10 North Carolina, Wichita State and No. 2 Connecticut vaulted Mason up the poll, into the national conscience and made Larranaga a household name.

The remarkable run at George Mason began just two years into Larranaga's tenure. After going 9-18 in his first year with the Patriots in 1997-98, Larranaga guided the 1999 Patriots' squad to a 19-11 overall record and a 13-3 CAA mark. That season, he earned his first Coach of the Year accolades in the CAA and NABC District 4 after making a 10- game improvement and leading the program to its first-ever conference regular season championship, its second CAA Tournament title and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1989.

The Patriots followed that with another 19-11 overall mark in 1999-2000, tying for first place in the CAA at 12-4 and earning the top seed in the conference tournament. In 2000- 01, the Patriots finished 18-12 overall and 11-5 in the CAA, good for a tie for second place, and they won the CAA Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. The Patriots produced another solid campaign with a 19- 10 overall record (13-5 in the CAA) and a NIT berth in 2001-02. Mason's 2002-03 roster was hampered by injuries, but managed to pull together a 16-12 record (11-7 in the CAA), and a fourth-place CAA finish.

In 2003-04, Larranaga led the Patriots to a 7-2 non-conference record and to a school- record 23-win season, as Mason finished 23-10 on the year, its first 20-or-more win campaign in 14 years. Gaining an NIT berth (the Patriots fourth postseason appearance in six years), Larranaga led Mason to two consecutive postseason victories for the first time in school history.

Under Larranaga, the Patriots have won three CAA titles including the 2008 championship when Mason went 23-11. The Patriots have appeared in the postseason each of the past four seasons for the first time in Mason history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, the NIT in 2009, the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in 2010 and back to the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

With 28 years of head coaching experience, the native of Bronx, N.Y., previously served as the head coach at Bowling Green for 11 seasons (1986-1997) and at Division II American International for two seasons (1977-79).

At Bowling Green, he made an immediate impact in his first season. In 1986-87, the Falcons were the nation's most improved team under a first-year head coach that took over a program with a losing record, posting a 15-14 record for an eight-game improvement over the previous season. Larranaga went on to record a 170-144 mark in 11 years at Bowling Green, earning the 1997 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year honors after leading Bowling Green to a 22-10 record, a conference regular season co- championship and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. The 22 victories were the most by a Bowling Green team in 47 years and the 13 conference wins were the second- highest total in Falcon history.

Larranaga's 170 victories at Bowling Green ranked second all-time on the Falcons' coaching list and he was only the second coach to record consecutive postseason appearances. Larranaga led his squad to NIT berths in 1990 (18-11) and again in 1991 (17-13), the first time the Falcons enjoyed back-to-back postseason appearances since the early '60s. Bowling Green won better than 61 percent of its games in Larranaga's last four years, recording a 70-44 mark during that stretch. The Falcons finished fourth or better in the MAC in five of Larranaga's 11 seasons and he is among the winningest coaches in MAC history.

Larranaga received his first head coaching position in 1977 when he was named to the post at American International, a Division II program in Springfield, Mass. Taking over a team that had suffered through five consecutive losing seasons prior to his arrival, Larranaga turned AIC into a winning program in his first year and compiled a 28-25 mark in two seasons.

A 1971 graduate of Providence College with a degree in economics, Larranaga was a four- year letterman for the Friars. As the team captain in his senior season, he led Providence to a 20-8 record and an NIT appearance. He graduated as the school's fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,258 points and was selected in the sixth round of the draft by the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He was the team's top scorer as a sophomore and junior and was named New England's Division I Sophomore of the Year in 1969. He was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame in 1991.

His first coaching opportunity came at Davidson College, where he served as an assistant coach to Terry Holland. Davidson captured three Southern Conference regular-season championships and an NIT berth in his five years there, and he compiled a 47-12 record doubling as the freshman team coach. In 1976, he left Davidson and spent one season as player-coach for the Geronemo Basketball Club in Belgium.

After his two-year stint at American International, Larranaga was reunited with Holland at the University of Virginia in April 1979. An assistant coach under Holland for seven seasons from 1979-86, he helped the Cavaliers reach the NCAA Final Four on two occasions (1981 and 1984), finish in the top five of the AP and UPI polls and average more than 24 victories per season. The Cavaliers were 169-62, won three regular season Atlantic Coast Conference championships and made four NCAA Tournament appearances. Virginia also made a pair of NIT appearances, winning the NIT Championship in 1980. Larranaga was on the staff during the careers of three-time National Player of the Year Ralph Sampson and NBA first-round draft choice Olden Polynice.

Larranaga, and his wife, Liz, have two sons and four grandchildren. Their son Jay played for his father at Bowling Green, was the head coach of the NBDL's Erie Bayhawks, and his now an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. Jon was a member of his father's George Mason teams from 1999-2003.

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Coaching Basketballs Scramble Defense (Art & Science of Coaching)

Speaking Topics
  • Leading the Way: How Jim Larranaga Took The University of Miami from Irrelevant to Champions

    In the last decade, Coach Jim Larranaga has led two different programs from having no notoriety to being dominant contenders on the national scene. Most recently, Larranaga reinvigorated the University of Miami Hurricanes program from irrelevance to being ranked number two in the country and winning their first ACC title in school history—an accomplishment that earned Larranaga both AP and Naismith Coach of the Year honors. From the premise that “underdogs can beat the big dog,” Larranaga leads his team with a clear and well-defined plan that begins with recruitment and focuses on developing young talent. Audiences will learn how to:
    • Use an underdog status to their advantage
    • Compete without the same resources the big dogs have
    • Transform the underdog status into a winning mantra

  • The Art of Retaining, Developing and Recruiting Talent

    Finding talented, hardworking employees who will uphold the standards of your company is difficult. Coach Larranaga shares his tried-and-true methods for recruiting players and assistant coaches and for creating an environment that keeps them on the job. Larranaga tells audiences about his 8 C’s—character, competitiveness, competence, consistency, cohesiveness, commitment, communication and confidence—which are the foundation for selecting a winning staff and team and developing a championship-caliber program. Audiences will learn:
    • How to develop a program that will elevate their organization’s performance to the highest level
    • Where to find talented employees
    • How to build a winning, dedicated staff

  • Attitude, Commitment and Class: A Winning Philosophy and Formula for Success

    You can’t always predict external factors, but you can control your own behavior and attitude, Larranaga tells audiences. He shares the formula that has made him successful at both the University of Miami and George Mason University’s, one that helped him transform relatively unknown teams into some of sports’ greatest success stories. An educator first, Larranaga uses real-life examples from tough calls he has made on and off the courts to prepare his athletes for the game of life. Audiences will leave inspired, entertained and energized as they learn:
    • How to transform challenges into motivational opportunities
    • How individual attitudes can transform outcomes
    • How lessons learned on the court translate to other aspects of life, including professional careers and family life

  • Teamwork and Leadership: How to Achieve the Four Levels of Commitment

    A team that can relax and have fun together is a winning team, Larranaga explains to audiences, describing the scene just before the Final Four competition when his players skipped routine drills to spend time with family and fans. Sharing his four tenets of commitment—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—he illustrates how unconditional dedication produces exceptional results in athletics and in life. Larranaga shares:
    • His winning formula for creating a team that works together on the court and supports each other on the sidelines
    • How to create an environment that fosters team growth while promoting individual development
    • How to push players to their limits without wearing them down emotionally and spiritually

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Jim Larranaga

Head Men's Basketball Coach, University of Miami

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Jim Larranaga Biography

Jim Larranaga was named the 12th head coach of the University of Miami men's basketball program on April 22, 2011.

After leading UM to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16, and winning the school’s first ACC regular season and tournament championships, Larranaga was honored as the AP, Naismith, USBWA Henry Iba and ACC Coach of the Year. The Bronx native helped Miami to a No. 2 national ranking by both the AP and USA TODAY, and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. He is the 10th coach in the last 10 years to lead two top-10 programs, as Miami was No. 2 on Feb. 18, 2013, and George Mason was No. 8 in the final Top 25 poll in 2006.

Larranaga, who earned his 500th win during the season, directed the Canes to a 27-point win over No. 1 Duke and three other 20+ point wins over ACC opponents this season, including North Carolina (+26), Florida State (+24) and Boston College (+22). UM’s 29 overall and 15 ACC wins in 2012-13 were program-bests, as was the 14-game winning streak and 13-0 start in conference play. Other program firsts include defeating all three teams in the North Carolina Triangle in the same season, beating a trio of teams in the Top 20 since joining the ACC and hosting five home sellouts at the BankUnited Center.

Individually, Coach L saw Shane Larkin earn the ACC Player of the Year and Lute Olson National Player of the Year awards, as well as All-American status and finalist nods for the Bob Cousy, John Wooden and James Naismith player of the year honors before declaring early for the 2013 NBA Draft. Larkin was also the ACC Tournament MVP, on the ACC Defensive team and a defensive All-American. Durand Scott was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, three players – Larkin, Scott and Kenny Kadji – were listed on all-conference teams and four were on the ACC All-Tournament Team – Larkin, Scott, Julian Gamble and Trey McKinney Jones.

All six seniors on the Sweet 16 team earned academic degrees from the University of Miami and one player was listed on the All-ACC Academic Team.

Larranaga came to Miami after serving as the head coach at George Mason for 14 seasons. He guided that program 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.

In Year One at The U, the Canes posted a 20-13 record, making Larranaga the first Miami head coach to record 20 wins in his inaugural season in Coral Gables. Under the new coaching staff, UM won nine games in conference play, the first time Miami has posted a winning record in ACC play since joining the conference for the 2004-05 season. The Canes ended the season tied for fourth in the ACC, another program-best accomplishment.

On Feb. 5, 2012, Coach L & Co. did what no other hoops coach at Miami had done when he took the Canes into Cameron Indoor Stadium and defeated No. 7/5 Duke. The Canes downed the Blue Devils 78-74 in overtime that afternoon, led by 27 points and 12 rebounds from Reggie Johnson, and received votes in the next AP Poll for the first time since 2010. Gaining momentum, Miami then beat No. 15/16 Florida State at home in front of a packed house, UM's first win over FSU since 2009. Teetering on the edge of The Dance bubble, the Canes went 1-1 in the ACC Tournament and ended up in the NIT, defeating Valparaiso, but falling to Minnesota, the eventual NIT Championship runner-up.

Three players earned postseason recognition under Larranaga's watch, as Kenny Kadji was selected to the All-ACC Third Team, Durand Scott was voted an honorable mention performer and Shane Larkin earned a spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

Larranaga built the GMU 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, 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.

Larranaga's teams are known for their offensive efficiency and a frenetic defense dubbed the "Scramble." In Coach L's last season, his Patriots - who were ranked 24th in the final RPI - finished the season 11th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (39.5), 18th in scoring margin (10.3), 22nd in turnovers (11.1), 26th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28) and 37th in scoring defense (62.5). During its 16-game win streak - which catapulted Mason to No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll on Feb. 28 - all but four victories came by a double-digit margin. That streak included the 71-51 win at VCU on Feb. 15, with Mason holding the Rams to a season-low offensive output.

He became Mason's all-time leader in men's basketball victories with his 131st win on January 22, 2005, with the 77-58 decision at James Madison. He became the CAA's all- time leader in wins on February 4, 2006, when the Patriots defeated UNC Wilmington. His Mason teams went 182-89 in CAA play.

In 2006, Larranaga became the first coach at a mid-major school to take his team to the Final Four in 27 years and earned an at-large berth for a CAA team for the first time in 20 years. Along the way, he led Mason to a school record in wins, the school's first-ever national ranking, George Mason's first-ever appearance in the Top 10 and the school's first wins over Top 10 teams.

The Patriots finished the year with a 27-8 record and a No. 8 ranking in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Earlier that season, Mason cracked the polls at No. 25, but NCAA tournament wins over Michigan State, No. 10 North Carolina, Wichita State and No. 2 Connecticut vaulted Mason up the poll, into the national conscience and made Larranaga a household name.

The remarkable run at George Mason began just two years into Larranaga's tenure. After going 9-18 in his first year with the Patriots in 1997-98, Larranaga guided the 1999 Patriots' squad to a 19-11 overall record and a 13-3 CAA mark. That season, he earned his first Coach of the Year accolades in the CAA and NABC District 4 after making a 10- game improvement and leading the program to its first-ever conference regular season championship, its second CAA Tournament title and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1989.

The Patriots followed that with another 19-11 overall mark in 1999-2000, tying for first place in the CAA at 12-4 and earning the top seed in the conference tournament. In 2000- 01, the Patriots finished 18-12 overall and 11-5 in the CAA, good for a tie for second place, and they won the CAA Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. The Patriots produced another solid campaign with a 19- 10 overall record (13-5 in the CAA) and a NIT berth in 2001-02. Mason's 2002-03 roster was hampered by injuries, but managed to pull together a 16-12 record (11-7 in the CAA), and a fourth-place CAA finish.

In 2003-04, Larranaga led the Patriots to a 7-2 non-conference record and to a school- record 23-win season, as Mason finished 23-10 on the year, its first 20-or-more win campaign in 14 years. Gaining an NIT berth (the Patriots fourth postseason appearance in six years), Larranaga led Mason to two consecutive postseason victories for the first time in school history.

Under Larranaga, the Patriots have won three CAA titles including the 2008 championship when Mason went 23-11. The Patriots have appeared in the postseason each of the past four seasons for the first time in Mason history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, the NIT in 2009, the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in 2010 and back to the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

With 28 years of head coaching experience, the native of Bronx, N.Y., previously served as the head coach at Bowling Green for 11 seasons (1986-1997) and at Division II American International for two seasons (1977-79).

At Bowling Green, he made an immediate impact in his first season. In 1986-87, the Falcons were the nation's most improved team under a first-year head coach that took over a program with a losing record, posting a 15-14 record for an eight-game improvement over the previous season. Larranaga went on to record a 170-144 mark in 11 years at Bowling Green, earning the 1997 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year honors after leading Bowling Green to a 22-10 record, a conference regular season co- championship and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. The 22 victories were the most by a Bowling Green team in 47 years and the 13 conference wins were the second- highest total in Falcon history.

Larranaga's 170 victories at Bowling Green ranked second all-time on the Falcons' coaching list and he was only the second coach to record consecutive postseason appearances. Larranaga led his squad to NIT berths in 1990 (18-11) and again in 1991 (17-13), the first time the Falcons enjoyed back-to-back postseason appearances since the early '60s. Bowling Green won better than 61 percent of its games in Larranaga's last four years, recording a 70-44 mark during that stretch. The Falcons finished fourth or better in the MAC in five of Larranaga's 11 seasons and he is among the winningest coaches in MAC history.

Larranaga received his first head coaching position in 1977 when he was named to the post at American International, a Division II program in Springfield, Mass. Taking over a team that had suffered through five consecutive losing seasons prior to his arrival, Larranaga turned AIC into a winning program in his first year and compiled a 28-25 mark in two seasons.

A 1971 graduate of Providence College with a degree in economics, Larranaga was a four- year letterman for the Friars. As the team captain in his senior season, he led Providence to a 20-8 record and an NIT appearance. He graduated as the school's fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,258 points and was selected in the sixth round of the draft by the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He was the team's top scorer as a sophomore and junior and was named New England's Division I Sophomore of the Year in 1969. He was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame in 1991.

His first coaching opportunity came at Davidson College, where he served as an assistant coach to Terry Holland. Davidson captured three Southern Conference regular-season championships and an NIT berth in his five years there, and he compiled a 47-12 record doubling as the freshman team coach. In 1976, he left Davidson and spent one season as player-coach for the Geronemo Basketball Club in Belgium.

After his two-year stint at American International, Larranaga was reunited with Holland at the University of Virginia in April 1979. An assistant coach under Holland for seven seasons from 1979-86, he helped the Cavaliers reach the NCAA Final Four on two occasions (1981 and 1984), finish in the top five of the AP and UPI polls and average more than 24 victories per season. The Cavaliers were 169-62, won three regular season Atlantic Coast Conference championships and made four NCAA Tournament appearances. Virginia also made a pair of NIT appearances, winning the NIT Championship in 1980. Larranaga was on the staff during the careers of three-time National Player of the Year Ralph Sampson and NBA first-round draft choice Olden Polynice.

Larranaga, and his wife, Liz, have two sons and four grandchildren. Their son Jay played for his father at Bowling Green, was the head coach of the NBDL's Erie Bayhawks, and his now an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. Jon was a member of his father's George Mason teams from 1999-2003.

Jim Larranaga Videos

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Jim Larranaga Books

Jim Larranaga Speaking Topics

  • Leading the Way: How Jim Larranaga Took The University of Miami from Irrelevant to Champions

    In the last decade, Coach Jim Larranaga has led two different programs from having no notoriety to being dominant contenders on the national scene. Most recently, Larranaga reinvigorated the University of Miami Hurricanes program from irrelevance to being ranked number two in the country and winning their first ACC title in school history—an accomplishment that earned Larranaga both AP and Naismith Coach of the Year honors. From the premise that “underdogs can beat the big dog,” Larranaga leads his team with a clear and well-defined plan that begins with recruitment and focuses on developing young talent. Audiences will learn how to:
    • Use an underdog status to their advantage
    • Compete without the same resources the big dogs have
    • Transform the underdog status into a winning mantra

  • The Art of Retaining, Developing and Recruiting Talent

    Finding talented, hardworking employees who will uphold the standards of your company is difficult. Coach Larranaga shares his tried-and-true methods for recruiting players and assistant coaches and for creating an environment that keeps them on the job. Larranaga tells audiences about his 8 C’s—character, competitiveness, competence, consistency, cohesiveness, commitment, communication and confidence—which are the foundation for selecting a winning staff and team and developing a championship-caliber program. Audiences will learn:
    • How to develop a program that will elevate their organization’s performance to the highest level
    • Where to find talented employees
    • How to build a winning, dedicated staff

  • Attitude, Commitment and Class: A Winning Philosophy and Formula for Success

    You can’t always predict external factors, but you can control your own behavior and attitude, Larranaga tells audiences. He shares the formula that has made him successful at both the University of Miami and George Mason University’s, one that helped him transform relatively unknown teams into some of sports’ greatest success stories. An educator first, Larranaga uses real-life examples from tough calls he has made on and off the courts to prepare his athletes for the game of life. Audiences will leave inspired, entertained and energized as they learn:
    • How to transform challenges into motivational opportunities
    • How individual attitudes can transform outcomes
    • How lessons learned on the court translate to other aspects of life, including professional careers and family life

  • Teamwork and Leadership: How to Achieve the Four Levels of Commitment

    A team that can relax and have fun together is a winning team, Larranaga explains to audiences, describing the scene just before the Final Four competition when his players skipped routine drills to spend time with family and fans. Sharing his four tenets of commitment—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—he illustrates how unconditional dedication produces exceptional results in athletics and in life. Larranaga shares:
    • His winning formula for creating a team that works together on the court and supports each other on the sidelines
    • How to create an environment that fosters team growth while promoting individual development
    • How to push players to their limits without wearing them down emotionally and spiritually

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Jim Larranaga is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jim Larranaga for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Jim Larranaga generally travels from FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tim Sanders, Dr. Kevin Freiberg, Jim Cathcart, JP Pawliw-Fry and Dave Logan, PhD. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jim Larranaga for an upcoming event.

Jim Larranaga Speaker Videos

  • Inside: Miami | Jim Larranaga Tours Campus and Office - YouTube
    Jim Larrañaga - January 21, 2014 - YouTube
  • Miami - Jim Larranaga Post game speech - YouTube
    Jim Larrañaga - La Salle Postgame - YouTube

Jim Larranaga Speaking Topics

  • Leading the Way: How Jim Larranaga Took The University of Miami from Irrelevant to Champions

    In the last decade, Coach Jim Larranaga has led two different programs from having no notoriety to being dominant contenders on the national scene. Most recently, Larranaga reinvigorated the University of Miami Hurricanes program from irrelevance to being ranked number two in the country and winning their first ACC title in school history—an accomplishment that earned Larranaga both AP and Naismith Coach of the Year honors. From the premise that “underdogs can beat the big dog,” Larranaga leads his team with a clear and well-defined plan that begins with recruitment and focuses on developing young talent. Audiences will learn how to:
    • Use an underdog status to their advantage
    • Compete without the same resources the big dogs have
    • Transform the underdog status into a winning mantra

  • The Art of Retaining, Developing and Recruiting Talent

    Finding talented, hardworking employees who will uphold the standards of your company is difficult. Coach Larranaga shares his tried-and-true methods for recruiting players and assistant coaches and for creating an environment that keeps them on the job. Larranaga tells audiences about his 8 C’s—character, competitiveness, competence, consistency, cohesiveness, commitment, communication and confidence—which are the foundation for selecting a winning staff and team and developing a championship-caliber program. Audiences will learn:
    • How to develop a program that will elevate their organization’s performance to the highest level
    • Where to find talented employees
    • How to build a winning, dedicated staff

  • Attitude, Commitment and Class: A Winning Philosophy and Formula for Success

    You can’t always predict external factors, but you can control your own behavior and attitude, Larranaga tells audiences. He shares the formula that has made him successful at both the University of Miami and George Mason University’s, one that helped him transform relatively unknown teams into some of sports’ greatest success stories. An educator first, Larranaga uses real-life examples from tough calls he has made on and off the courts to prepare his athletes for the game of life. Audiences will leave inspired, entertained and energized as they learn:
    • How to transform challenges into motivational opportunities
    • How individual attitudes can transform outcomes
    • How lessons learned on the court translate to other aspects of life, including professional careers and family life

  • Teamwork and Leadership: How to Achieve the Four Levels of Commitment

    A team that can relax and have fun together is a winning team, Larranaga explains to audiences, describing the scene just before the Final Four competition when his players skipped routine drills to spend time with family and fans. Sharing his four tenets of commitment—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—he illustrates how unconditional dedication produces exceptional results in athletics and in life. Larranaga shares:
    • His winning formula for creating a team that works together on the court and supports each other on the sidelines
    • How to create an environment that fosters team growth while promoting individual development
    • How to push players to their limits without wearing them down emotionally and spiritually

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