Larry Farmer (basketball)
Farmer as bench coach for Western Michigan University
|Born||January 31, 1951|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1988–1990||Qadsia Sporting Club|
|1990–1991||Golden State Warriors (asst.)|
|1992–1997||Kuwait national team|
|1997–1998||Rhode Island (asst.)|
|2010–2012||Western Michigan (asst.)|
|2012–2013||NC State (dir. player dev.)|
|2013–present||Western Michigan (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
Larry Farmer (born January 31, 1951) is an American college basketball coach and player. He currently is an assistant coach at Western Michigan University (WMU). This is his second stint as an assistant coach at WMU.
Farmer played at UCLA during the early 1970s under legendary coach John Wooden. He was a teammate of Bill Walton during the era when the Bruins won seven consecutive NCAA men's titles. He was the only player that participated in all the games for the UCLA teams that went 89–1 (.989), the best winning percentage in NCAA men's basketball history.
Farmer was drafted by both the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Denver Nuggets of the American Basketball Association (ABA). He did not play, but instead returned to UCLA to where he was an assistant basketball coach under John Wooden, Gene Bartow and Gary Cunningham, and Larry Brown from 1973 to 1981. When Brown resigned prior to the 1981–82 season, Farmer was elevated to head coach of the UCLA basketball team.
UCLA head basketball coach
He was the head coach of the University of California, Los Angeles from 1981 to 1984, guiding them to a 61–23 (.726) record. He had recruited Earvin "Magic" Johnson to come play at UCLA, but then told Johnson to hold off on a visit as he was more interested in Albert King. Neither played for UCLA.
Weber State basketball coach
Loyola (Chicago) head basketball coach
Larry Farmer also coached at Loyola University Chicago from 1998 to 2004. Farmer had a 30–51 (.370) record over his first three seasons before finally breaking through in 2001. In that year, Farmer compiled a 17–13 record, 9–7 in the Horizon League. Farmer took the Ramblers to the brink of the NCAA Tournament before losing to rival University of Illinois Chicago. Farmer did not have much success after that and struggled through his last two seasons with the Ramblers.
Other coaching jobs
Farmer has also coached at the professional level serving as head coach of the Qadsia Sporting Club in Kuwait (1988–90) and as an assistant with the NBA's Golden State Warriors (1990–91). He also served as a coach for the Kuwaiti National Team from 1992–97.
His college coaching experience also includes a stint as an assistant at Rhode Island (1997–98), where he helped the Rams reach the Elite Eight.
Farmer spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Western Michigan from 2010–12.
He returned to the WMU staff for the 2013 season.
Head coaching record
|UCLA Bruins (Pacific-10 Conference) (1981–1984)|
|1982–83||UCLA||23–6||15–3||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|UCLA:||61–23 (.726)||39–15 (.722)|
|Weber State Wildcats (Big Sky Conference) (1985–1988)|
|Weber State:||34–54 (.386)||17–27 (.386)|
|Loyola Chicago Ramblers (Horizon League) (1998–2004)|
|Loyola Chicago:||71–102 (.410)||35–55 (.389)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- DeCamp, Scott (July 8, 2013). "Coach Larry Farmer officially back with WMU basketball program". mlive.com. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Kirkpatrick, Curry (November 30, 1981). "Wise In The Ways Of The Wizard: Three rushed in where Wooden used to tread—then split. Now comes the fourth, Larry Farmer, truest of true believers". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- DeCamp, Scott (June 20, 2013). "Larry Farmer expected to return to WMU men's basketball program as assistant coach". mlive.com. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
- Larry Bird; Earvin Johnson; Jackie MacMullan (November 4, 2009). When the Game Was Ours. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 13–. ISBN 978-0-547-41681-6.
- "WMU hires Steve [sic] Farmer as basketball assistant coach". Detroit Free Press. July 13, 2010.
- "Larry Farmer bio". North Carolina State University. Retrieved February 19, 2014.