Larranaga Agrees to Six-Year Contract

Posted: July 2, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason University men’s basketball head coach Jim Larranaga has agreed to a new six-year contract that will keep him with the Patriots through the 2006-07 season.

Larranaga, 51, has led George Mason to two Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championships and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths in his four years in Fairfax.

Larranaga, who has a 65-52 record in four seasons at George Mason and a 17-year career record of 263-221, is being rewarded for the second time as the Patriots head coach. After guiding George Mason to a 63-58 victory over Old Dominion to claim the CAA crown in 1999, Larranaga’s original five-year contract signed in April 1997 was extended two years.

“Stability and continuity within the program were the reasons for this decision,” says Tom O’Connor, assistant vice president and director of athletics. “Jim has had a great amount of success in a short time and brought our program back to the forefront in the CAA. The outstanding recruiting class he and his coaches have put together for this season adds to that stability, and Jim has enhanced our basketball team members’ moral and ethical development through the teaching of good sportsmanship.”

“I am very happy and excited about the commitment George Mason University has made to me, my family, and our program,” says Larranaga. “George Mason is a fantastic university, and I am very proud to be a part of the George Mason family.”

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