Larry Farmer

Larry Farmer (born January 31, 1951)

Teams coached: UCLA Bruins, Weber State Wildcats, Loyola Ramblers
UCLA record: 61-23 (.726)
Weber State record: 34-54 (.386)
Loyola (IL) record: 71-102 (.410)
Overall record: 166-179 (.481)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1983)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Pac-10 Regular Season Champion:  1  (1983)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2013-2018 Western Michigan (asst)
2012-2013 NC State (DPD)
2010-2012 Western Michigan (asst)
2007-2010 Hawaii (asst)
1998-2004 Loyola (IL)
1997-1998 Rhode Island (asst)
1990-1991 Golden State Warriors (asst)
1985-1988 Weber State
1981-1984 UCLA
1973-1981 UCLA (asst)

Larry Farmer Facts

  • Larry Farmer, Jr.
  • Born January 31, 1951
  • Hometown: Denver, Colorado
  • Alma Mater: University of California, Los Angeles (BA, 1973)
  • After starring at Manual HS in Denver, Farmer played for legendary head coach John Wooden at UCLA
    • Won three NCAA championships (part of seven-straight for UCLA) and went 89-1 during his career
    • Drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) and Denver Nuggets (ABA) but decided to coach instead
  • Spent the next eight seasons as an assistant at UCLA under Wooden, Gene BartowGary Cunningham and Larry Brown
    • As an assistant, was part of seven NCAA Tournaments, two Final Fours and one NCAA title
  • Took over as head coach in 1981, leading the Bruins for the next three years (61-23 overall)
    • Won a Pac-10 title in 1983 and went to the NCAA Tournament
  • Spent three years as the head coach at Weber State, going 34-54 with no postseason berths
  • Worked in professional and international basketball for the next seven years
    • Was head coach of Qadsia SC in Kuwait (1988-90) and Kuwait’s National Team (1992-97)
    • Worked on Don Nelson’s staff with the Golden State Warriors for one season in between
  • Returned to the college game in 1997, spending the season on Jim Harrick‘s staff at Rhode Island
  • Hired in 1998 to be the head coach at Loyola Chicago, leading the Ramblers for six seasons
    • Struggled for the first three seasons before going 17-13 (9-7) in 2001-02
    • After two more losing seasons, Farmer was fired from his position in 2004
  • After some time away from coaching, Farmer spent three years as an assistant at Hawaii under Bob Nash
  • Joined Steve Hawkins‘ staff at Western Michigan in 2010 as an assistant
    • Worked at WMU for seven seasons over two tenures (2010-12 and 2013-18)
    • Spent one year in between as Director of Player Development for Mark Gottfried at NC State
    • Retired in June 2018 at the age of 67

Larry Farmer Coaching Tree