Jim Larranaga is officially leaving George Mason to become the new head coach of Miami basketball, per a press release from the University of Miami on Friday afternoon. Miami President Donna Shalala had this to say about hiring Larranaga:
"Coach Larranaga is the real deal," said Shalala. "He's a winner, an inspirational leader, and he cares deeply about his players and staff. We're delighted to welcome him and his wife as the newest members of the Miami Hurricane family."
Larranaga leaves Mason after 14 seasons, during which he built the Patriots into not only one of the best programs in the CAA, but also in the nation. He led them to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history in 1999, and to their first Final Four in 2006. Last season, Mason earned the school's highest ever seed in the NCAA Tournament at No. 8, and Larranaga was named the CAA Coach of the Year for the second time.
He becomes the 12th basketball coach in Miami history. Larranaga will be formally introducing on Friday at a 6:30 p.m. ET press conference.