Jim Larranaga Biography – University of Miami’s Head Coach

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Jim Larranaga's Bio

Jim Larranaga is the head coach of Miami Hurricanes since 2011. Image Source: Social Media.

Last updated on June 28th, 2022 at 05:57 am

Born James Joseph Larranaga, Jim Larranaga is a renowned American college coach. The legendary coach is now serving as the head coach of the University of Miami. Jim joined the Miami Hurricanes in 2011 and is still serving the team.

The two-time ACC Coach of the Year winner has been active in the league since 1971. The head coach has gained both name and fortune in his long and glorious career. So, in today’s biography, let’s go through Jim Larranaga’s family, wife, children, career, and net worth.

Was Born In New York

The talented coach, Jim, was born on 02 October 1949 in the Bronx, New York. The coach has Cuban roots as his grandfather was born in Cuba to Basque parents and was involved in the Por Larranaga cigar company of the country.

Moreover, Jim’s father moved to New York and established himself there. He wanted his children to Americanize. Jim’s parents had six kids, and he was one of them. Also, the coach grew up in his hometown along with his siblings. He must have had a happy childhood.

Jim Larranaga's Parents
Jim Larranaga was born in New York and has Cuban roots as his grandfather and father were born in Cuba. Image Source: Social Media.

Jim Larranaga went to Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, a town in New York. He also started his playing career on the basketball varsity under coach Jack Curran at the same school and graduated in 1967. In addition to that, he graduated as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,258 points and was the team’s top scorer.

Moreover, in 1968, he went to play basketball at Providence College and was one of the best players. Jim was the team captain and led the college team to an NIT appearance as a senior. He graduated from Providence in 1971 with an economics degree.

Jim Larranaga Net Worth And Career

As the coach, Jim has earned considerable fame and fortune. The head coach’s wealth primarily benefits from his income as a coach. Well, Jim Larranaga’s net worth must be of a considerable sum.

Miami’s head coach started his coaching career as an assistant coach of the Davidson Wildcats immediately after graduating from Providence College in 1971 and has been active since then. So, he has been in the league for over five decades. Although the coach started as an assistant coach, he landed his first job as the head coach after six years in 1977. Then, he became the head coach of the American International College and made a record of 28–25

From 1979 to 1986, the coach worked on his second job as an assistant coach on Virginia Cavaliers men’s basketball team. Afterward, Jim Larranaga served Bowling Green and George Mason as the head coach for eleven and fourteen years respectively.

Jim Larranaga is one of the highest-paid college coaches. Apart from his yearly salary, he earns bonuses for leading his team to various milestones and goals. Back in 2015, Jim Larranaga’s salary was $1.3 million yearly as per Celebrity Net Worth. Plus, with his contract extension, his fortune will increase even more.

Well, with such a long career and experience, there is no doubt that Jim Larranaga’s net worth is a grand sum.

Is Happily Married

Jim Larranaga has shared a blissful conjugal life with Liz Larranaga since 1971. The adorable couple met each other at the Bronx Irish Center for community dance. During five decades-long marital life, the duo has supported each other’s careers.

At times, Jim Larranaga’s wife makes an appearance on his social media handle.

Furthermore, the lovely duo moved to North Carolina so that the coach could start his coaching career. Jim Larranaga’s partner used to work as a real estate agent and loan officer.

Is A Proud Father Of Two

Alongside the blissful marital life, Jim Larranaga and his wife are proud parents of two sons, Jay Larranaga and Jon Larranaga. 

Liz and Jim Larranaga’s son, Jay, was born in January 1975. After graduating from St. John’s Jesuit High School, he joined Bowling Green State University and graduated in 1997. Jay was active in the college basketball team and played under his father’s coaching.

The eldest Larranaga currently works as an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Moreover, he is married to Sarah Ashley Mespelt. Also, he has two kids, Tia Larranaga and James Larranaga.

On the other hand, Jim’s second son, Jon, is also married to Elyssa Hijazi Larranaga. Together they have two kids, Jon and Henry Larranaga.

We can see that the head coach has lived a great five decades of his career as a coach. Hopefully, he will accomplish more success both in his personal and professional career.