The university announced today that it has extended his contract to run through May 31, 2022.
In a statement, Director of Athletics Blake James said Larranaga’s success on the court wasn’t the only reason behind the move. He also cited the contributions of Larranaga and his wife, Liz, outside of basketball.
Liz Larranaga is active with her husband in his “Cane Nation” basketball camp and both are active, and they are familiar faces at various South Florida activities.
“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,” James said. “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.”
In the 2012-13 season, his second in Coral Gables, Larranaga’s team captured both the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles, won a school-record 29 games, and reached the NCAA Tournament’s regional semifinals, matching the program’s deepest run in the event.
He earned Coach of the Year recognition from the ACC, Associated Press, Naismith Foundation, and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association of America as well as numerous other awards.
Larranaga, 63, expressed his gratitude for being able to “compete at the very highest level” for the “remainder of his career.” His teams at Miami have a combined record of 49-20, the best two-year run in the program’s history.
“We want to build a tradition of excellence at the University of Miami,” Larrañaga said. “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.”
The Hurricanes open the 2013-14 season with an exhibition game on Oct. 30 against Florida Tech, followed by the season opener on Friday, Nov. 8 against St. Francis (N.Y.) at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.