Jim Larranaga Biography

Jim Larranaga is probably one of the best coaches in the men’s college tournament at this moment. He is the head coach for Miami Hurricanes Men’s team and he is relentlessly providing his services since 2011. During these years, he has earned quite a lot of fame along with a fortune which depicts his testament of success. 

Early Life

Jim Larranaga was born on October 2, 1949, in the Bronx and was raised along with his six siblings. His grandfather was from Cuba and was the owner of Cuba’s Por Larranaga cigar company. Jim went to Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens. He started playing basketball in high school under coach Jack Curran and graduated in 1967. Jim got into Providence College and continued to play basketball. As a senior, he was the captain of the basketball team.

In the 1970-71 season, he led Providence College to a 20-8 record. The team also made an NIT appearance. Jim was an outstanding player in his college. By the end of his graduation, his score was 1,258 making him the fifth all-time leading scorer. He was the top scorer throughout his sophomore and junior year. In 1969 he was named New England’s Division I sophomore of the year. He graduated in 1971 with a degree in economics. He was later recognized in the Providence College Hall of fame in 1991.

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Jim Larranaga Career

After his college graduation Jim started working as an assistant coach to Terry Holland at Davidson College. He worked at Davidson for five years and during that time the team won three regular-season Southern Conference Titles. He then transferred to Belgium to work as a player coach and stayed there for only one season. In 1977 he moved to the U.S. and took the job of head coach at American International College, a Division II program. Under his mentorship, the team went from losing records for years to winning against North-eastern University with a 28-25 record.

In 1979 he joined the University of Virginia as the head coach and was reunited with his former mentor Terry Holland there. Jim worked for seven seasons and joined Bowling Green State University and worked there as the head coach from 1986 to 1997. He improved the team’s ranking during his tenure and led the team to many national-level conferences.

Jim was named the conference’s Coach of the year in his final season at Bowling Green. He has also worked at George Mason for fourteen years as the head coach from 1997 to 2011. By that time he became a well-known basketball coach. During his time at George Mason, he won CAA coach of the year twice, in 1999 and 2011. In 2011 he finally joined the University of Miami. He coached the Hurricanes and made it a team of national prominence. Jim led the team to win the ACC regular season title. During his tenure Hurricanes won several tournaments.

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Jim Larranaga Biography

Real Name James Joseph Larranaga
Birth Date October 2, 1949
Age (as of 2023) 73 Years
Birth Place The Bronx, New York, United States
Profession Head Coach
Team  Miami Hurricanes Men’s Basketball
College Providence College
Qualification Graduate

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 3” – in Centimeters – 193 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 86 kg  –  in Pounds –  190 lbs
Hair Color Gray
Eye Color Blue


Father John Larranaga
Mother Eileen Larranaga
Siblings Five
Brother John Larranaga

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Who is his wife? Liz Larranaga
Children Two (Jay & Jon Larranaga)

Jim Larranaga Wife

Jim is married to his college sweetheart Liz. His wife attends most of his matches and is frequently seen supporting him during matches. The couple has two children together named Jon Larranaga and Jay Larranaga. Jay is an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, an NBA team. Jim has not shared much about his personal life.


In 2017-18 Jim got involved in a recruiting scandal. After the FBI investigation, it was made clear that he had no involvement in it. His legal team helped him come clean from this scandal.

Jim Larranaga Net Worth

Jim Larranaga has been into coaching for almost more than four decades now and during these years, he has served as a head coach for some famous institutions. He made a lasting impact on the program after taking the responsibilities of head coach of the Miami Hurricanes. During these years, he surely made impressive track records and he recently extended his contract till the 2025-2026 season. As per the contract, he will get $2.56 million from his salary. Jim is liable to get around $100k to 300k bonuses after leading hurricanes into the final four. His net worth is estimated at around $12 million and he is on the verge of retirement. So, probably he is willing to spend the rest of his life with his family with this money.

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