KALAMAZOO (WKZO) – Western Michigan men’s basketball has announced today the hiring of Larry Farmer to fill the assistant coach vacancy on the staff. This is a return to University Arena for Farmer who served as assistant coach under Steve Hawkins from 2010 through 2012.
"I'm excited to welcome Larry back to the Western Michigan basketball program," Hawkins said in a press release from the university. "His value to the program during his first two years was invaluable, and I have great respect for him as a coach and a person. His ability to mentor and mold our young men will be a tremendous thing to have in our program. I've known him for 30 years, and I know he'll be a great fit on our staff."
Farmer’s resume includes ties in the National Basketball Association as well as time spent with international teams. Preceding his time in Kalamazoo, the long-time assistant won 166 games in 12 seasons as a Division I head coach for his alma mater UCLA (1981-84), Weber State (1985-88) and Loyola-Chicago (1998-2004). Farmer guided UCLA to a three-year record of 61-23 including two 20-win seasons. In 1982-83, the Bruins went 23-6, earning a Pac-10 championship and a No. 7 final national ranking.
Farmer was hired as the head coach at Loyola-Chicago in 1998 following several coaching stops including a six-year tenure with the Kuwaiti National Team from 1992-97. Farmer guided the Ramblers to a 17-13 season in 2001-02, ending a 15-year streak of losing records for the school. Additionally, he produced four all-conference players during his three seasons with Weber State.
As a player for UCLA from 1970-73, Farmer won three NCAA championships as part of the seven straight won by the Bruins under legendary head coach John Wooden. He was drafted by Cleveland of the NBA and Denver of the ABA in 1973, but instead became an assistant at UCLA from 1973-1981.
The Broncos finished 2012-13 with a 22-13 record highlighted by a MAC West title. The team advanced to the CBI Finals where they fell to George Mason 62-52.