Coach Jim Larranaga to Be Inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame

Posted: October 5, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason Head Coach Jim Larranaga is a member of the fourth class of inductees into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Ryan Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island.

CBS sports personality Billy Packer is scheduled as master of ceremonies for the awards ceremony that is expected to draw more than 1,000 people.

In his 22nd season as a collegiate head coach, ninth at George Mason, Larranaga enjoyed a magical carpet ride that began with an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, the first in 20 years for a team from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), and won four games en route to the Final Four. The Patriots finished the year with a 27-8 record and ranked eighth in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, the highest-ever for a CAA club.

Larranaga, a 1971 graduate of Providence College, was a four-year letterman for the Friars. He was the basketball team captain as a senior, leading 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.

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 selected in the sixth round of the draft by the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. His outstanding career was rewarded when he was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame in 1991.

“The object of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame is to recognize contributions of various sorts, all of which add up to the wonderful culture of basketball in New England, ” said Daniel E. Doyle Jr., executive director of the Institute for International Sport, which administers the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

The other inductees include:

  • Tom Penders, a former men’s basketball coach for Tufts University and University of Rhode Island, who excelled as a college player at the University of Connecticut
  • Satch Sanders, a former member of the Boston Celtics, who later coached at Harvard University
  • Jimmy Piersall, former Red Sox centerfielder

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