Saturday, April 23, 2011

GMU’s Larranaga Headed To Maimi

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Former George Mason coach Tom Larranaga is the new coach of the Miami Hurricanes.

Larragana  accepted the Hurricanes job after 14 years at George Mason, including an improbable run to the Final Four in 2006. Larranaga met with his George Mason players Friday to say goodbye, then flew to Miami.

Larranaga, 61, said he decided to make the move because of the chance to coach in the ACC, which he considers the best basketball league in the country.

“I am very excited to be here,” he shouted with pep-rally enthusiasm at the start of his news conference. “It’s kind of like the last piece in a coaching career to finalize what I hope to be about.”

Another lure was that three of Larranaga’s siblings live in Florida. Their father grew up in Key West, and their grandfather was from Cuba. Larranaga spent summers in Florida growing up, and he and his wife have a second home in Sarasota.

“I feel like I’m back home at the University of Miami,” he said.

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