Jim Larranaga Family: Parents, Wife, and Children!


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This article revolves around college basketball coach, Jim Larrañaga’s family. Everyone is aware of his career growth but very people know he is a family man with personal controversy. The basketball coach has a very loving and supoortive family. Let’s discuss in detail.

Jim Larrañaga Biography

Jim Larrañaga is a college basketball coach and the head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team since 2011. He was born on October 2, 1949 and grew up in the Parkchester section of the Bronx in New York City. He went to Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, where he began on the varsity basketball team under coach Jack Curran and graduated in 1967.

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He attended college basketball at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was the team captain as a senior in the 1970–71 season and led the Friars to a 20–8 record and graduate with fifth-highest scorer with 1,258 career points. He graduated from Providence in 1971 and was selected in the sixth round of the 1971 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons.

He decided to leave the Pistons’ rookie camp in order to take a coaching position at Davidson College.

Jim Larrañaga Bio Profile

Name: Jim Larrañaga
Birth Date: October 2, 1949
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, U.S.
Playing career: 1968–1971
Coaching career: 1971–1976
Tournaments: 16–11 (NCAA Division I)
7–8 (NIT)
0–1 (CIT)
Accomplishments and honors
2× NCAA Division I Regional — Final Four (2006, 2023)
MAC Regular Season (1997)
4× CAA Regular Season (1999, 2000, 2006, 2011)
3× CAA Tournament (1999, 2001, 2008)
2× ACC Regular Season (2013, 2023)
ACC Tournament (2013)
Awards: MAC Coach of the Year (1997)
2× CAA Coach of the Year (1999, 2011)
2× ACC Coach of the Year (2013, 2016)
Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award (2006)
Adolph Rupp Cup (2013)
AP College Coach of the Year (2013)
Henry Iba Award (2013)
Naismith College Coach of the Year (2013)

Jim Larranaga Parents

Jim is the son of Eileen Larranaga (mother) and John Larranaga (father). His mother gave him birth on 2nd October 1949 in the Bronx, New York, United States. The parents also have welcomed six children and hence, Jim is one of them. The information regarding his parents’ profession is current unavailable as they are not public figure but we will defintely keep it updated if anything comes out.

Larranaga’s grandfather was from Cuba to Basque parents and also a part of the Por Larranaga Cigar Company.

Jim Larranaga Family

Jim Larrañaga Wife

Talking about his family, will start with his wife of course. Jim Larrañaga married wife Liz Larrañaga in the year 1971 in a private ceremony at Bronx, New York. Elizabeth is a retired real estate agent and loan officer by profession. The two are still together, getting strong day by day. They celebrated their 50th golden jubilee anniversary in 2021.

Jim Larrañaga Children

Jim Larrañaga has two children named Jay Larranaga and Jon Larranaga. The pair moved to North Carolina after marrying each other where Jim worked a job as an assistant at Davidson Wildcats. Then four years later, they welcomed their first child Jay. Jay was born on January 30, 1975 in Charlotte, North Carolina and Jon was born on April 19, 1980.

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His family has played a crucial role in his career. With his wife’s suppport, Jim Larrañaga has reached very far in his career.
He has also taught basketball to their children.

Jay Larranaga

Jay Larranaga is the oldest son of Jim and Liz. He was born on 30th January 1975. He is a former NBA player for the Boston Celtics. He currently works as a coach on the staff of the Los Angeles Clippers. He is married to Sarah Larranaga.

Jon Larranaga

Jon Larranaga is the second son who was born on 19th April 1980. He is a former collegiate basketball player at George Mason and has played for Araberri Basket Club in Spain-LEB Silver and Benetton Treviso of ITA-1. He is a partner with the Meltzer Group and is married to Elyssa Hijazi Larranaga.

Jim Larranaga Family

How Did Jim Meet His Wife For The First Time?

Jim and his wife met for the first time in neighborhood during the early 1960s. Liz was attending community dances at The Bronx Irish Center, and Jim saw her. After getting to see each other, Jim asked Liz for a date. They began dating and their relationship became long distance when Liz began working at the NYC Department of Relocation.

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The couple successfully managed to remain in touch despite being into distance, and they reconnected at another dance two years later and decided to be in a long distance relationship as they did not want to give up on each other.

They eventually tied knot in 1971 and migrated to North Carolina, where Jim began his career as an assistant coach at Davidson College.


Jim Larrañaga is a college basketball coach and the head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team since 2011. He is married to his long term sweetheart, Liz. They have two children.

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