Wednesday , Mar , 31 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

George Mason extends hoops coach Larranaga

Fairfax, VA (Sports Network) – George Mason men’s head basketball coach Jim
Larranaga has been rewarded a two-year contract extension that will keep him
with the school through the 2008-09 season.

Larranaga just completed the third year of a six-year deal he signed in June
of 2001.

The Patriots are coming off a school-record 23 wins compared to just 10 losses
this past season. George Mason, which lost by a point to Virginia Commonwealth
in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament final, qualified for the NIT
before losing to Oregon in the Sweet 16.

“Jim (Larranaga) has really done a terrific job bringing the program at George
Mason to a level of prominence in the CAA and nationally,” said George Mason
assistant vice president/director of athletics Tom O’Connor. “The University
has benefited not only from his basketball expertise and his success on the
court, but from his dedication to the student-athlete and his reputation as a
‘player’s coach.’ He exemplifies what the university stands for and we are
fortunate to have Jim as the foundation of our basketball program for years to

Larranaga took over at George Mason in 1997, inheriting a program that hadn’t
had a winning season in seven years. He has since compiled a 123-84 record at
the school, leading the Patriots to two NCAA Tournament appearances.

The 54-year-old Larranaga has compiled an overall coaching mark of 321-253.
He spent 11 years at Bowling Green University (1986-97) and two years at
American International College (1977-79) before coming over to George Mason.