Larry Eustachy

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Larry Eustachy
Larry Eustachy in 2017.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Colorado State
Conference MW
Record 111–60 (.649)
Biographical details
Born (1955-12-01) December 1, 1955 (age 61)
Alameda, California
Alma mater Long Beach State
Playing career
1975–1976 Citrus CC
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1981 Citrus CC (asst.)
1981–1986 Mississippi State (asst.)
1986–1987 Idaho (asst.)
1987–1989 Utah (asst.)
1989–1990 Ball State (asst.)
1990–1993 Idaho
1993–1998 Utah State
1998–2003 Iowa State
2004–2012 Southern Mississippi
2012–present Colorado State
Head coaching record
Overall 513–316 (.619)
Accomplishments and honors
Big 12 regular season championship (2000, 2001)
Big 12 Tournament championship (2000)
Big West regular season championship (1995, 1997, 1998)
Big West Tournament championship (1998)
Big Sky regular season championship (1993)
AP National Coach of the Year (2000)
Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year (2017)
Conference USA Coach of the Year (2012)
Henry Iba Award (2000)
2× Big 12 Coach of the Year (2000, 2001)
2x Big West Coach of the Year (1995, 1996)

Larry Robert Eustachy (born December 1, 1955) is an American college basketball coach who is the current men's basketball head coach at Colorado State University. Previously, he had been head coach of the men's basketball teams at Idaho (1990–1993), Utah State (1993–1998), Iowa State (1998–2003), and Southern Mississippi (2004–2012). Eustachy won the AP National Coach of the Year after leading Iowa State to the Elite Eight in the 2000 NCAA Tournament.

Coaching career[edit]


Eustachy was the head coach at Idaho from 1990 through 1993. He led the Vandals to the 1993 Big Sky regular season championship.

Utah State[edit]

He took over the reins in Logan in 1993 and had a very successful five year stretch at the Utah State University. His teams won the Big West regular season three times and won the Big West Tournament in 1998.

Iowa State[edit]

Eustachy was named head coach at Iowa State in 1998 after Tim Floyd resigned to become head coach of the Chicago Bulls. Following a lackluster first season, Eustachy led the Cyclones to the best season in school history in 1999-2000. The Cyclones won a school record 32 games and came within one game of the Final Four. After leading the Cyclones to a second straight Big 12 Conference title in 2001, Eustachy signed a contract extension that, with incentives, made him the highest-paid state employee in Iowa.


On April 28, 2003, The Des Moines Register carried pictures of Eustachy kissing several young women and holding a beer at a party near the University of Missouri's campus just hours after the Tigers defeated Eustachy's Cyclones on January 22.[1] The Register also reported that Eustachy had been seen at a fraternity party at Kansas State hours after his team lost to the Wildcats.[2][3][4][5] On April 30, 2003, athletic director Bruce Van De Velde suspended Eustachy with pay and recommended that he be fired for violating a morals clause in his contract.[6] Eustachy held a press conference in which he apologized for his behavior and admitted he had recently begun rehab treatment for alcoholism.[7][8] Eustachy initially indicated he would contest the suspension. Instead, on May 5, he announced his resignation.[9][10]

During the scandal, the Register reported that Iowa State documents showed that the NCAA cited Eustachy for rules violations related to paying players, including Jackson Vroman, for making free throws.[11]

Southern Mississippi[edit]

On March 25, 2004, after a year out of coaching, Eustachy was hired as head coach at Southern Miss.[12]

On January 9, 2008, he took a leave of absence to be with his ailing mother.[13]

Following the 2008–09 season, he returned his $25,000 bonus from the university, saying that after a disappointing season, he did not feel as though he had earned it.[14]

In 2011, Southern Miss finished the season 21–10, 9–7 in Conference USA play.[15] The team failed to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament and turned down invites to the CBI and CIT.[16][17]

On February 25, 2012, Eustachy recorded his 400th career victory.[18]

Colorado State[edit]

On April 12, 2012, Eustachy left Southern Miss and was introduced as the 19th head basketball coach in Colorado State history, replacing Tim Miles who had left for Nebraska.[19]

Eustachy inherited a senior-laden 2012–13 roster that featured four returning starters and Minnesota-transfer Colton Iverson. The Rams were coming off a 20–12 season in which they made the NCAA Tournament and lost to Murray State in the second round. CSU greatly improved in rebounding and defensively, leading to a historic season for the program. CSU cracked the top 25 rankings for the first time since 1954 during the season. At 11–5 the Rams finished second in the Mountain West, their highest finish in program history. For the second straight year, the Rams earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, this time as a No. 8 seed against Missouri. The Rams defeated the Tigers 84–72 to give Eustachy his first NCAA Tournament win since the Elite Eight run at Iowa State. It was CSU's first Tournament win since 1989 and a program record 26th win. CSU lost in the third round to top-seeded Louisville, ending the season 26-9.

In August 2013, Eustachy signed a new contract to become the highest paid coach in the Mountain West Conference. He has a base salary of $910,000 per year and will increase by two percent each following season, along with bonuses on top of it.[20]

On January 7, 2017, Eustachy recorded his 500th career victory. [21]

On March 5, 2017, Eustachy was named Mountain West Conference Coach of the year after leading a CSU team with only seven available players to a second place conference finish in the MWC.[22]

Eustachy came under controversy again in February 2017 when records coming from a Colorado State-led investigation revealed that from 2013-14, he had created a culture of fear and intimidation by emotionally and verbally abusing his players and even his assistant coaches. Many people, including former Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham, who had hired Eustachy in 2012, called for him to be fired. Despite this, Eustachy remained at Colorado State after the investigation and was ordered by the school to attend anger management sessions and to apologize to his team. In addition, he was given a zero-tolerance policy for his actions and any violation of said policy would result in him being fired. [23]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Idaho Vandals (Big Sky Conference) (1990–1993)
1990–91 Idaho 19–11 11–5 3rd
1991–92 Idaho 18–14 10–6 T–3rd
1992–93 Idaho 24–8 11–3 1st
Idaho: 61–33 (.649) 32–14
Utah State Aggies (Big West Conference) (1993–1998)
1993–94 Utah State 14–13 11–7 T–2nd
1994–95 Utah State 21–8 14–4 1st NIT First Round
1995–96 Utah State 18–15 10–8 4th
1996–97 Utah State 20–9 12–4 1st
1997–98 Utah State 25–8 13–3 1st NCAA Round of 64
Utah State: 98–53 (.649) 60–26
Iowa State Cyclones (Big 12 Conference) (1998–2003)
1998–99 Iowa State 15–15 6–10 9th
1999–00 Iowa State 32–5 14–2 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2000–01 Iowa State 25–6 13–3 1st NCAA Round of 64
2001–02 Iowa State 12–19 4–12 T–10th
2002–03 Iowa State 17–14 5–11 T–9th NIT Second Round
Iowa State: 101–59 (.631) 42–38
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (Conference USA) (2004–2012)
2004–05 Southern Miss 11–17 2–14 14th
2005–06 Southern Miss 10–21 3–11 11th
2006–07 Southern Miss 20–11 9–7 T–4th
2007–08 Southern Miss 19–14 9–7 T–4th
2008–09 Southern Miss 15–17 4–12 T–10th
2009–10 Southern Miss 20–14 8–8 6th CIT First Round
2010–11 Southern Miss 22–10 9–7 T–5th
2011–12 Southern Miss 25–9 11–5 2nd NCAA Round of 64
Southern Miss: 142–113 (.557) 55–71
Colorado State (Mountain West Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 Colorado State 26–9 11–5 2nd NCAA Round of 32
2013–14 Colorado State 16–16 7–11 T–8th
2014–15 Colorado State 27–7 13–5 3rd NIT First Round
2015–16 Colorado State 18–16 8–10 T–6th
2016–17 Colorado State 24–12 13–5 2nd NIT Second Round
Colorado State: 111–60 (.649) 52–36 (.591)
Total: 513–316 (.619)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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  3. ^ Witosky, Tom (April 28, 2003). "Eustachy's party behavior called 'poor judgment'". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on December 26, 2004. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
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  11. ^ Witosky, Tom (May 3, 2003). "ISU says Eustachy gave cash to his players". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on June 4, 2003. 
  12. ^ "Eustachy agrees to deal in principle". 2004-03-25. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  13. ^ "Southern Miss' Eustachy takes leave of absence". 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  14. ^ Eustachy Returns Bonus, March 23, 2009
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  16. ^ "Southern Miss to Decline Invitations to College Basketball Invitational and Tournament". Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  17. ^ "Southern Miss declines CBI, CIT invitations -". USATODAY.COM. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
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  22. ^ Lyell, Kelly (5 March 2017). "CSU's Gian Clavell named Mountain West Player of the Year". The Coloradoan. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
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