Larranaga to Teach in Executive MBA Program

Posted: August 16, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Edgerly

As former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys Tom Landry once said, “The secret to winning is constant, consistent management.” Mason men’s basketball head coach Jim Larranaga knows this all too well.

Larranaga has been named associate professor in Mason’s School of Management (SOM). He will teach in the Executive MBA Program in the areas of high-performing teams and leadership.

With more than two decades of coaching under his belt, including a whirlwind trip to the Final Four in March 2006, Larranaga is well versed in creating high-performing teams and crafting leaders on and off the court. He has been a guest lecturer at Mason over the past 10 years. In fall 2006, he piloted a seminar called “A Path to Leadership and Sustained High Performance.”

“Teaching has always been my passion, and basketball my main subject,” Larranaga says. “Coaching is all about teamwork and leadership. Teaching players to come together as a team is the same on the court as it is in the corporate world.”

Due to scheduling constraints with the basketball season, Larranaga will not teach full time but will continue to be an invited speaker in classes on leadership, management and team development.

Two of the courses in which Larranaga will regularly present are Leadership and the Role of the General Manager and Building the High-Performing Team. Larranaga also will participate in other seminars and open enrollment programs sponsored by the Executive MBA Program.

“We are very excited to have Coach Larranaga join the faculty in the School of Management,” said SOM Dean Richard Klimoski. “His talent for creating a vision and then motivating and empowering others to make that vision their mission is a perfect fit with the goal of the School of Management and Mason’s Executive MBA Program.”

For more information on the Executive MBA Program, visit the School of Management web site.

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