December 1, 1955 |
|Alma mater||California State University, Long Beach|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1979–1981||Citrus CC (asst.)|
|1981–1986||Mississippi State (asst.)|
|1989–1990||Ball State (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2× Big 12 regular season championship (2000, 2001)
Big 12 Tournament championship (2000)
3× 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)
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 and the current head coach of Colorado State University's men's basketball team since the 2012-2013 season. 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 the University of 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.
Eustachy was the head coach at Idaho from 1990 through 1993. He led the Vandals to the 1993 Big Sky regular season championship.
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.
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. The Register also reported that Eustachy had been seen at a fraternity party at Kansas State hours after his team lost to the Wildcats. On April 30, athletic director Bruce Van De Velde suspended Eustachy with pay and recommended that he be fired for violating a morals clause in his contract. Eustachy held a press conference in which he apologized for his behavior and admitted he'd recently begun rehab treatment for alcoholism.
Eustachy initially indicated he would contest the suspension. Instead, on May 5, he announced his resignation.
During the photo 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.
After a year out of coaching, Eustachy was hired at Southern Miss.
On January 9, 2008 he took a leave of absence to be with his ailing mother. 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. In 2011 his Southern Mississippi team turned down invites to the CBI and CIT. On February 25, 2012 Eustachy recorded his 400th victory.
He is 427-266 overall through the end of the 2012-13 regular season.
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.
Eustachy inherited a senior-laden 2012-13 roster which 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 an 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 2nd 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 an 8 seed against, ironically, Missouri. The Rams defeated the Tigers 84-72 to give Eustachy his first NCAA Tournament win since the Elite 8 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-seed 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.
Head coaching record by year
|Idaho (Big Sky Conference) (1990–1993)|
|Utah State (Big West Conference) (1993–1998)|
|1994–95||Utah State||21–8||14–4||1st||NIT 1st round|
|1997–98||Utah State||25–8||13–3||1st||NCAA Round of 64|
|Utah State:||98–53 (.649)||60–26|
|Iowa State (Big 12 Conference) (1998–2003)|
|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|
|2002–03||Iowa State||17–14||5–11||T–9th||NIT 2nd Round|
|Iowa State:||101–59 (.631)||42–38|
|Southern Mississippi (Conference USA) (2004–2012)|
|2009–10||Southern Mississippi||20–14||8–8||6th||CIT First Round|
|2011–12||Southern Mississippi||25–9||11–5||2nd||NCAA Round of 64|
|Southern Mississippi:||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|
|2014–15||Colorado State||27–7||13–5||3rd||NIT First Round|
|Colorado State:||87–48 (.644)||39–31 (.557)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- Kluck, Ted (April 29, 2003). "Larry's big night out". Page 2. ESPN. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- 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.
- Witosky, Tom (April 29, 2003). "Party Photos: A Timeline". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on June 4, 2003. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- Higgins, Tim (May 1, 2003). "Controversy's fallout stuns some students at Missouri". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on December 29, 2004.
- Witosky, Tom (May 1, 2003). "Eustachy to be fired?". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on February 11, 2005. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- Pennington, Bill; Glier, Ray (May 1, 2003). "Iowa St. Coach Faces Firing For Behavior". New York Times. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012.
- Witosky, Tom (May 9, 2003). "Document shows ISU, Eustachy are history". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on June 22, 2003.
- Witosky, Tom (May 3, 2003). "ISU says Eustachy gave cash to his players". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on June 4, 2003.
- Eustachy Returns Bonus SI.com, March 23, 2009
- Dempsey, Christopher (12 April 2012). "Larry Eustachy the new men's basketball coach at CSU". The Denver Post. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- Stephens, Matt L. (7 August 2013). "Colorado State's Larry Eustachy highest-paid in MWC". USA Today. Retrieved 28 December 2013.