March 8, 2016 – CSE Talent clients Jim Larranaga, University of Miami Head Men's Basketball coach, and Mike Davis, Texas Southern University Head Men's Basketball coach, were each named the coach of the year in their respective conferences.
Larranaga garnered ACC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in four seasons after leading the Hurricanes to a 24-6 overall record and a 13-5 mark in conference play. The Hurricanes defeated five ranked opponents en route to a school-record-tying 24 wins in the regular season, including an unblemished 9-0 mark in ACC home games. Miami has also been ranked in the polls a school-best 16-consecutive weeks and has achieved a Top 15 ranking for 13 of those weeks.
In five seasons in Coral Gables, Larranaga has notched a 115-55 record, including a 54-34 mark in conference play and helped Miami to 20-plus wins in four of his five campaigns with the team.
A 32-year coaching veteran, Larranaga was named the head coach at Miami in 2011 after a 14-year stint at George Mason. While with the Patriots, Larranaga became the school’s all-time leader in coaching victories (273) and was the first mid-major coach in 27 seasons to take his team to the Final Four, accomplishing the feat in 2006. Along the way, Larranaga led George Mason to a school record in wins (27), the school’s first-ever national ranking including the team’s first appearance in the Top 10, and the school’s first wins over a Top 10 team.
A native of Bronx, NY, Larranaga previously served as the head coach at Bowling Green for 11 seasons (1986-97) and American International for two seasons (1977-79). A 1971 graduate of Providence College, he was a four-year letterman for the Friars and was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame in 1991.
Davis was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after guiding Texas Southern to a regular season conference championship with a 16-2 record in SWAC play. For Davis, this is his third SWAC Coach of the Year honor in four seasons (2013, ’15, ‘16). Additionally, the Tigers have captured three SWAC regular season titles in Davis’ four years as head coach and have earned in a bid in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons.
In 2015-16, Davis oversaw the development of Texas Southern center Derrick Griffin, who was recognized as the SWAC Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year after setting single-season conference records in double-doubles (17) and consecutive double-doubles (12).
Davis joined Texas Southern after a six-year stint as the head coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2006-12). The Blazers advance to the postseason four times during Davis’ stint with the team, earning an NCAA Tournament at-large bid in 2011 and three NIT berths.
Prior to joining UAB, Davis spent nine seasons coaching the University of Indiana, including six as the head coach from 2000-06. Davis helped guide the Hoosiers to a national championship game appearance in 2002. Davis spent two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of Alabama, from 1995-97. During his college tenure, he was a four-year standout for the Crimson Tide and finished his career in the Top 25 on the school’s all-time scoring leaderboard with 1,211 points.