One of the great minds in college basketball, Larry Shyatt concluded his fourth year with the University of Florida basketball program after being added to the staff by Billy Donovan on May 10, 2004. Over his first four years, he has continued to cement his reputation among the great coaches in college basketball and prior to the 2007-08 season was promoted to the role of Associate Head Coach, after serving as Assistant Coach his first three years at Florida.
Shyatt's impact was an immediate one, as he helped take the Gators from 11th in the SEC in points per game allowed in 2003-04 to third in 2004-05, claiming the school's first SEC Tournament title along the way. The trend continued in 2005-06, as the Gators finished second in the league in fewest points surrendered and claimed the school's first national title while taking the SEC Tournament for the second straight year. In 2006-07, the Gators surrendered just 62.6 points per game, the fewest by a Gator squad in over half a century.
During Shyatt’s four years in Gainesville, the Gators have amassed an overwhelming 116-31 record, the best in the Southeastern Conference in that time.
Each of the past two year Shyatt has been honored by the Basketball Times as the top-rated assistant coach in the nation.
Shyatt brings over 30 years of basketball coaching experience to Florida, having spent time as a head coach at both Clemson and Wyoming. In six seasons as a head coach, five at Clemson and one at Wyoming, Shyatt posted a record of 89-93, including a trip to the NIT Championship game in 1999 in his first season with the Tigers.
A 1973 graduate of the College of Wooster (Ohio) with a Master's Degree in secondary education from Akron, Shyatt was an assistant at Utah during the 1975-76 season before spending six years at Cleveland State. In 1982-83, Shyatt moved on as the associate head coach at New Mexico beginning a six-year stint that saw the Lobos post two of the successful seasons in school history in 1986-87 when they went 25-10 before posting 22 wins the following season.
In 1988-89 he joined current University of Texas coach Rick Barnes at Providence College, just a year after Donovan graduated from the program, beginning a six-year run where the Friars won 108 games and their only Big East title in 1994.
The year after winning the Big East title, Shyatt followed Barnes to Clemson as his associate head coach, a position he held for three years before taking the reigns at Wyoming in 1997-98. Shyatt guided the Cowboys to a 19-9 mark, a victory over eventual NCAA runner-up Utah and an appearance in the NIT. For his efforts, Shyatt was named Mountain West Coach of the Year and District V Coach of the Year.
When Barnes accepted the head coaching position at Texas, Shyatt was named the head coach at Clemson on April 18, 1998. He led the Tigers to the NIT Championship game in his first season, becoming only the fourth first-year coach in ACC history to guide his team to a 20-win season.
His 2000-01 squad played an up-tempo style, setting a school record for three-pointers in a season while picking up the biggest win of his career on Feb. 18, 2001 when his Tigers upset No. 1 North Carolina, ending their 18-game winning streak.
Shyatt played two years for the College of Wooster before deciding after his sophomore season that he wanted to go into coaching. He became a student assistant coach at Wooster under Al Van Wie. With the student assistant coaching experience on his resume, he landed a graduate assistant position at nearby Akron for the 1973-74 season, his final stop before his first full-time job at Utah.
While at Wooster, Shyatt was introduced to a young freshman by the name of Pam Moore. They had their first date on April 1 and Shyatt proposed. Two years later and six days after Pam graduated from college, they were married.
Shyatt and his wife of over 30 years have three sons, Jeremy (5-15-81), Geoffrey (1-5-84) and Philip (5-11-86), and a dog named (Victory) Bo who appears at the Florida Basketball Practice Facility after every Gator win.
LARRY SHYATT FILE
|1975-76||Assistant Coach, Utah|
|1976-82||Assistant Coach, Cleveland State|
|1982-88||Associate Head Coach, New Mexico|
|1989-94||Assistant Coach, Providence College|
|1994-97||Associate Head Coach, Clemson University|
|1997-98||Head Coach, University of Wyoming|
|1998-2003||Head Coach, Clemson University|
|2004-07||Assistant Coach, University of Florida|
|2007-present||Associate Head Coach, University of Florida|
|1970-71||The College of Wooster|
|Education:||Cleveland Heights High School, 1969|
|The College of Wooster, 1973|
|Akron (Master's in secondary education), 1975|
|Date of Birth:||April 8, 1951|
|Family:||Married to the former Pam Moore of Akron, Ohio|
|Sons, Jeremy (5/15/81), Geoffrey (1/5/84) and Philip (5/11/86)|