Dick Tarrant

Dick Tarrant (born September 15, 1930)

Teams coached: Richmond Spiders
Richmond record: 239-126 (.655)
Overall record: 239-126 (.655)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  5  (1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1988)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  4  (1982, 1985, 1989, 1992)
  • CAA Regular Season Champion:  5  (1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1992)
  • CAA Tournament Champion:  3  (1984, 1988, 2015)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1981-1993 Richmond
1978-1981 Richmond (asst)
1965-1969 Fordham (asst)

Dick Tarrant Facts

  • Dick Tarrant
  • Born September 15, 1930
  • Hometown: Englewood, New Jersey
  • Alma Mater: Fordham University (BA, 1951)
  • Graduated from St. Cecilia HS (NJ), where he was coached in basketball by legendary football coach Vince Lombardi
  • Played again for Lombardi on the freshman team at Fordham, then for coaches Frank Adams and Johnny Bach at the varsity level
  • Coached for many years at the high school level in New Jersey, including a stint at Passaic HS
    • Also worked part-time as an assistant at alma mater Fordham under Bach and his successor, Ed Conlin
  • Made the full-time move to the college game in 1978, already in his late 40s, becoming an assistant at Richmond
    • He was working under Lou Goetz, one of his own former players at Passaic HS (NJ)
  • Tarrant took over as the Spiders’ head coach in 1981, leading the program for the next 12 seasons
    • Went 239-126 overall and reached five NCAA Tournaments and four NITs
    • Won the CAA regular season title five times and the CAA Tournament three times
    • Built Richmond into a nationally significant program, known for making the most of their trips to the Big Dance
      • Tarrant is the only coach to win NCAA Tournament games as a 12, 13 and 15 seed
      • The Spiders were the first ever 15-seed to beat a 2-seed when they defeated Syracuse in 1991
      • In 1984, 12-seed Richmond defeated 5-seed Auburn (led by Charles Barkley) and then reached the 1988 Sweet Sixteen as a 13-seed with wins over 4-seed Indiana (the defending national champions) and 5-seed Georgia Tech
  • Retired from coaching in 1993 at the age of 62, leaving as the winningest coach in Richmond program history
    • Inducted into the Richmond Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2013
    • In 1995, the CAA chose Tarrant as the “Coach of the Decade” for the 1980s
    • In 2015, Richmond honored the coach by renaming the Robins Center floor as “Dick Tarrant Court”

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